Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office
Pacific Southwest Region

VFWO Research Needs In Support Of Species Recovery

The Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office is responsible for the recovery of more than 100 federally listed species over a vast area of California.  To help us achieve our goal of species recovery, we have identified research needs for some of the species in our area.  We will be adding to this list periodically as we identify other research questions for other listed and candidate species.  We also welcome research on other species as long as findings are applicable to the conservation and recovery of listed species.  Click here to see a full list of species that fall within our office’s jurisdiction.

We hope to encourage faculty, staff, and graduate students affiliated with academic institutions, botanic gardens, and other entities and agencies that have an interest in the conservation and recovery of these species to partner with us on these efforts.  Although limited funding may be available, the inclusion of a research need here does not imply availability of funding.

EXAMPLES of RESEARCH NEEDS:  Research needs vary by species.  Life history studies, determining habitat requirements, evaluating the effects of intrinsic and extrinsic variables on the viability of the species, and gene flow studies (pollination and dispersal) are examples of research that are needed.  In addition, we are interested in studies regarding the effects of climate change on species and the habitats they depend on.

CONTACTS:  If you are interested in one of the research needs below, please contact the individual identified for each project.  If you have general questions about plant research, contact Connie Rutherford at 805-644-1766 x 306.  For animals, contact Michael McCrary at 805-644-1766 x372.


Amargosa vole (Microtus californicus scirpensis)

Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis californiana)

Tidewater goby (Eucyclogobius newberryi)


Chlorogalum purpureum (Purple amole)

Astragalus tener var. titi (Coastal dunes milk-vetch)

Trifolium trichocalyx (Monterey clover)

Dudleya parva (Conejo dudleya)

Cirsium fontinale var obispoense (Chorro Creek bog thistle)


Last updated: May 14, 2013