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Research Branch
 

Our Mission
To conduct robust research and provide scientific information to inform and support the sound management and professional stewardship of Arizona's fish and wildlife resources, and to ensure the credibility of the Department's science.
   

 

 

 

 

Goals

  • Address the Department's management information needs through relevant, robust, and timely research
  • Transfer research and scientific information to end-users and the general public through various media, training, and technical support
  • Build and maintain partnerships with external experts to expand the Department's scientific capacity and leadership role in wildlife management
  • Support the Department's programmatic needs by maintaining a high level of staff expertise within the Branch, developing new techniques to study and manage wildlife, and leveraging resources and collaborative relationships to obtain additional funds to support research programs
  • Serve as the Department's wildlife health experts for disease surveillance and population health assessments, wildlife health related response and investigation, training in wildlife handling methods and disease recognition, and maintaining veterinary compliance requirements

About the Branch

The Research Branch is comprised of 25-30 people including seasonal interns. Our main office is located in Phoenix; however, projects are conducted throughout Arizona. Our research is funded primarily by Federal sources (the Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act and the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act, commonly referred to as the Dingle-Johnson Act or the Wallop-Breaux Act). Several research projects have combined funding through contracts and grants.

Our work includes terrestrial, aquatic and wildlife health research. Please see below for additional information regarding specific programs.

          Research Branch Chief

          Esther Rubin, PhD

          623 236-7379

          Erubin@azgfd.gov

          Program and Project Specialist

          Julie Tolby

          623 236-7246

          Jtolby@azgfd.gov

Research Programs

Terrestrial Program

         Terrestrial Research Program Manager       

         Larisa Harding, PhD

         623 236-7301

         Lharding@azgfd.gov

        Current Projects

         

Aquatic Program

         Aquatic ResearchProgram Manager

         Bill Stewart, MS, CPM

         623 236-7368

         Bstewart@azgfd.gov      

Current Projects

          Tools and Techniques 

       

          Wildlife Health Program

          Wildlife Health Program Manager

          Anne Justice-Allen, MS, DVM

          623 236-7351

          Ajustice-allen@azgfd.gov

Current Projects

          Wildlife Diseases                                    

 

Research Publications

 

Birds

Fish

Habitat

Mammals

Reptiles

 

 

 

 
 
   
 
Research Partners
- USGS Arizona Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, Univ of Arizona
- Ecological Restoration Institute, Northern Arizona University
- USGS National Wildlife Health Center
 

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