The purpose of the North Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is:
- to address the research and technical needs of the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, the North Carolina Wildlife Commission, North Carolina State University and other appropriate state, federal and private agencies;
- to contribute to the quality education of advanced and graduate fisheries and wildlife students at NC State University;
- and to disseminate the results of research conducted by Unit staff, students, and cooperators.
To advance these goals the Unit staff will vigorously pursue funding for projects having scientific merit, and those that provide valuable information for natural resources management. Unit personnel will coordinate activities of the Unit and whenever possible collaborate with Cooperators in jointly conducting research and educating graduate students.
The North Carolina Unit will focus on the identification, assessment, interpretation, and alleviation of the effects of current or potential environmental changes or perturbations on fish and wildlife resources. Through a combination of basic and applied research, the Unit will pursue innovative solutions to natural resource issues questions. Although some work may be species oriented, community and ecosystem studies will be stressed. This will require a team approach to hypothesis testing research, involving Unit and University personnel as investigators. When cause-effect relationships are not demonstrable in the field, laboratory or controlled field studies will be pursued.
Educational goals will be achieved by teaching graduate level courses, chairing graduate committees, delivering guest lectures and seminars, and sponsoring and participating in short courses and workshops for Cooperators when appropriate.