Wildlife Science

Connecting Research with Management

Edited by Joseph P. Sands, Stephen J. DeMaso, Matthew J. Schnupp, Leonard A. Brennan

© 2012 – CRC Press

333 pages | 68 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2012-05-29
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About the Book

Despite the potential synergy that can result from basing management applications on results from research, there is a polarization of cultures between wildlife managers and wildlife researchers. Wildlife Science: Connecting Research with Management provides strategies for bridging cultural and communication gaps between these groups.

Contributors present case studies highlighting the role of state and federal agencies and private organizations in management and research; the lingering disconnects between grassland birds, quail, and deer research and management; as well as the development of management techniques from field research, rangelands management, and ranch management.

Case Studies:

  • The Disconnect between Quail Research and Quail Management
  • Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) and the Disconnect between Research and Management on Public Lands in the American West
  • Ecological Goals, not Standardized Methods, are needed to Create and Maintain Habitat for Grassland Birds
  • A Historic Perspective of the Connectivity between Waterfowl Research and Management
  • Deer in the Western United States
  • Whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in the Eastern United States
  • Impacts of Wind Energy Development on Wildlife: Challenges and Opportunities for Integrated Science, Management, and Policy
  • The Role of Joint Ventures in Bridging the Gap between Research and Management
  • Developing Management Strategies from Research: the Pushmataha Forest


"… this book offers today’s wildlife professional, or anyone else who cares for and manages wildlife resources, inspiration and frameworks for success in wildlife science and management. … This book provides many templates that can be referred to for achieving successful, collaborative wildlife research and management in the future. A great collection that is worthy of appreciation, Sands et al. have completed a ton of work for our collective benefit."

—Mark C. Romanski, Isle Royale National Park, Houghton, Michigan, The Journal of Wildlife Management, 2013

Table of Contents

Foreword, Fred C. Bryant



About the Editors

List of Contributors


A History of the Disconnect between Wildlife Research and Management, Stephen J. DeMaso

Strengthening the Ties between Wildlife Research and Management, Paul Krausman

Research and Management Entities

Universities and the Disconnect between Wildlife Research and Management, Leonard A. Brennan

Southeast State Wildlife Agencies; Research Priorities and Constraints, John Bowers, Chris Baumann, and Reggie Thackston

Putting Science into Action on Forest Service Lands, William M. Block, Victoria A. Saab, and Leonard Ruggiero

Closing the Gap between Private Land Managers and Wildlife Scientists: The Importance of Private Wildlife Research Institutions, William Palmer

The Role of Professional Societies in Connecting Science and Management: The Wildlife Society as an Example, Laura Bies, Michael Hutchins, John Organ, and Stephen DeStefano

Funding Research as an Investment for Improving Management, Matthew J. Schnupp and Dave Delaney

Species Case Studies

The Disconnect between Quail Research and Management, Leonard A. Brennan

Sage-Grouse and the Disconnect between Research and Management on Public Lands in the American West, Steven G. Herman

Ecological Goals, not Rigid Management Plans, are the Key to Effective Grassland Bird Conservation, Robert Askins

A Historical Perspective of the Connectivity between Waterfowl Research and Management, Christopher K. Williams, and Paul M. Castelli

Deer in the Western United States, James R. Heffelfinger

Collaboration among Sciences, Managers, Landowners, and Hunters: The Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative, David deCalesta

Management and Policy Case Studies

Impacts of Wind Energy Development on Wildlife: Challenges and Opportunities for Integrating Science, Management, and Policy, Edward B. Arnett

The Role of Joint Ventures in Bridging the Gap between Research and Management, James J. Giocomo, Mary Gustafson, Jennifer N. Duberstein, and Chad Boyd

Developing Management Strategies from Research: Pushmataha Forest Habitat Research Area, Oklahoma, Ron Masters and Jack Waymire

Conclusions and Future Directions

Moving Forward: Connecting Wildlife Research and Management for Conservation in the Twenty-First Century, Joseph P. Sands, Stephen J. DeMaso, Leonard A. Brennan, and Matthew J. Schnupp


About the Editors

Joseph P. Sands

Originally from Days Creek, Oregon, Joseph received an Honors Bachelor of Science from Oregon State University (2004), and a M.S. (2007) and Ph.D. (2010) from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Joseph worked as a Research Assistant and Research Associate for the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute (CKWRI) at Texas A&M University-Kingsville from June 2004 to September 2011. At the time of publication, Joseph was the Migratory Game Bird, Small Game and Wild Turkey Program Coordinator for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish in Santa Fe.

Stephen J. DeMaso

Stephen J. DeMaso is the monitoring coordinator for the Gulf Coast Joint Venture in Lafayette, Louisiana. Prior to moving to Louisiana, he worked as a research scientist at the CKWRI at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in Kingsville, Texas; upland game bird program leader for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Austin, Texas; and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation where he served as the lead researcher on the nationally recognized Packsaddle quail research project. He is a member of the Louisiana, Texas, and National Chapters of The Wildlife Society. Steve has served as the book review editor for the Journal of Wildlife Management and previously served as the program chairman and editor for the Proceedings of the Fifth National Quail Symposium. Steve was raised in southern Michigan and received his B.S. from Michigan State University, M.S. from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.

Matthew J. Schnupp

Matthew Schnupp was born and raised in Wheeling, West Virginia. He attended West Virginia University where he graduated in 2005 with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. Matthew has been part of various research projects in West Virginia, South Carolina, Montana, and Wyoming. In the fall of 2009 he graduated with a Masters in Wildlife and Range Science from CKWRI at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. During his tenure at CKWRI, Matthew studied abroad at the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling and received the Clarence Cottam Award for his outstanding student research efforts. Matthew was hired in October 2008 as the King Ranch Santa Gertrudis Heritage Society Biologist. Matthew is currently the wildlife biologist for over 200,000 acres of King Ranch and the wildlife research liaison between King Ranch and various universities, private organizations, and government entities.

Leonard A. Brennan

Lenny Brennan grew up in Connecticut and earned a B.S. from The Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington, an M.S. from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He was Editor-in-Chief (2001- 2002), and is currently Associate Editor (2005 – present) of The Journal of Wildlife Management. He chaired the Technical Support Committee for the Texas Quail Council (2003- 2006). He is editor of the book Texas Quails: Ecology and Management published by Texas A&M University Press, which received the 2008 Outstanding Edited Book Award from The Wildlife Society, the 2007 Special Category Publication Award from the Texas Section of the Society for Range Management, and the 2007 Outstanding Edited Book Award from the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society. Lenny has authored or coauthored more than 125 scientific publications and more than 90 extension and magazine articles.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Zoology / General