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 programmatic management information needs.
Provide research findings, scientific expertise, guidance, and training to inform management decisions and activities, sustain a skilled Department workforce, and maintain the Department’s role as a leader in wildlife management.
Capacity and Partnership Building
Build and maintain research partnerships, outside funding, and a high level of expertise within the Branch to maximize Research Branch productivity and quality.
About the Branch
The Research Branch has a staff of 18-20 full-time biologists who are assisted seasonally by interns and seasonal technicians. Our main office is located in Phoenix; however, projects are conducted throughout Arizona. The Research Branch conducts aquatic and terrestrial research, and provides biometrics support to the Department, based on management information needs identified within the Department. Research projects address a wide range of topics and are targeted to provide information to inform management decisions. This information often includes aspects of population dynamics, habitat relations, predator-prey interactions, population monitoring techniques, and the effect of management or development actions.
In addition to management-oriented research, the branch develops new and innovative techniques to assist in managing and monitoring wildlife populations, and provides training and scientific expertise to Department personnel. Funding comes from a variety of sources, including Federal funding through the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act and the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act, as well as various contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements with other state, federal, or private organizations.
Research Branch Chief – Erubin@azgfd.gov
Research Programs & Project Specialist – Jtolby@azgfd.gov
Research Terrestrial Program Manager – Lharding@azgfd.gov
Research Aquatic Program Manager – Rmann@azgfd.gov
Read About our Work
Research Branch Publications Since 2010
For other publications, contact Julie Tolby at Jtolby@azgfd.gov