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

Biologists conducting a waterfowl survey in 1957

The Minnesota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit was established in 1987, and staffed beginning in 1988. At the Minnesota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, we emphasize research on impacts of human activities on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems that are of state, regional, and national significance. Our research program addresses not only the biological, but also social and economic aspects of both game and nongame fisheries and wildlife management in the context of maintenance of biological diversity, and integrity and sustainability of ecosystems.

We currently have a vacancy in the position of Assistant Leader-Fisheries, but continue to enjoy support from our Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and University of Minnesota partners. We continue to work with a wide range of cooperators, outstanding graduate students, and university, federal, state, and non‐governmental scientists and resource managers to further our research and teaching missions, and to provide technical assistance to partners and clients.


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


Past Assistant Unit Leaders

  1. Bruce Vondracek
    1988 - 2015
  2. David Andersen
    1989 - 1995

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