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History of the Arizona Unit

Aldo Leopold as a forest ranger in the Southwest

Fish and Wildlife science has had a long history in the State of Arizona. Aldo Leopold, known to many the "Father of Wildlife Management" obtained his first position following college with the Apache National Forest in Arizona. The Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit has had a long history in Arizona as well, active at the University of Arizona for over 60 years. A wildlife unit was started in 1950, and due to the popularity and success of the program, a separate fisheries unit was started in 1964. Twenty-five years ago both units were combined into a single fish and wildlife unit. Past scientists on the AZCFWRU staff have been leaders of the fish and wildlife profession both nationally and internationally. These scientists have included Drs. Lyle Sowls, Charles Hungerford, Norman Smith, William McConnell, Jerry Tash, Charles Ziebell, Eugene Maughan, Carol McIvor, Stephan DeStefano, and Courtney Conway.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 11

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 43

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 13

Scientific Publications: 43

Presentations: 72


Past Assistant Unit Leaders

  1. Courtney Conway
    2000 - 2011
  2. Stephen DeStefano
    1994 - 1999

Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Arizona Game Fish Department
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Arizona
  5. Wildlife Management Institute