Nebraska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit
About Our Unit
The national Cooperative Research Units Program is a unique collaborative relationship between the Federal government, universities, states, and a non-profit organization.
The first Cooperative Research Unit was established in 1935 and located in Ames Iowa at Iowa State College (now Iowa State University). With the addition of the Nebraska Unit in 2004, the CRU program is now comprised of 40 units.
The mission of the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Program is to
- Train graduate students for professional careers in natural resource research and management
- Conduct research that will create new information useful for management of natural resources; and,
- Provide technical assistance to cooperators.
Our students are involved in a wide variety of research, including diversity in ecological functions, invasive species, and habitats of various animals.
Implementing the North American Bat Monitoring Program Through Citizen Science in Nebraska
The North American Bat program (NABat) is a national protocol designed to streamline data collection and encourage collaboration across ecoregions in order to allow for broad understanding of bat ecology, populations, and habitat usage. This project used NABat to study the full range of bats found in the state of Nebraska, determining the habitat characteristics that influence bat presence and absence across Nebraska using a combination of stationary and mobile ultrasound acoustic detectors.
Read more about this project.