Cooperative Research Units
Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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About the Minnesota Unit

New York Unit student Mike Wegan, with anesthetized adult black bear captured as part of collaborative eff ort with the U.S. Army’s Fort Drum Military Installation in northern New York and New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation to assess population size, movements, and foraging habitats of bears.

Cooperative Research Units have three facets to their mission: (1) Graduate Education, (2) Research, and (3) Technical Assistance.

Each Unit consists of 2-5 federal scientists and 1-2 administrative specialists. The Unit Leader provides oversight to all Unit activities. Federal scientists hold faculty rank at their home institution, teach courses and workshops for graduate students and cooperators, and conduct research on a wide variety of natural resource topics. Research projects typically support graduate students and post-docs.


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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 2

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 10

Scientific Publications: 52

Presentations: 94


Contact Us

Minnesota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit St. Paul, MN 55108-6124 Phone: (612) 624 - 3421 Fax: (612) 625 - 5299 Our University Web Site

Unit Leader

David Andersen
David Andersen with a wolf-killed caribou near Cape Churchill, Manitoba

I serve as the Leader of the Minnesota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, having come to the MN Unit in 1989 as the Assistant Leader-Wildlife. I am a U.S. Geological Survey Wildlife Research Biologist, and my research focus is in the area of avian population ecology and conservation. I am currently working with American woodcock in Minnesota, golden-winged warblers in the western Great Lakes region, Eastern Population sandhill cranes, and tundra peregrines in Alaska.

Minnesota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Minnesota
  5. Wildlife Management Institute