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.
- 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 fo 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
Program and Project Specialist
Terrestrial Research Program
Program Manager: Larisa Harding, PhD
Aquatic Research Program
Program Manager: Bill Stewart, MS, CPM
- Conserving endangered Humpback Chub
- Fate of stocked trout: Survival, movement, best stocking practices, and angler satisfaction
- Long-term fish monitoring in the Grand Canyon
- Managing for the blue-ribbon Rainbow trout fishery at Fee's Ferry
Tools and Techniques
Wildlife Health Program
Program Manager: Anne Justice-Allen, MS, DVM