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History of the Missouri Unit

Portrait of Aldo Leopold

The Missouri Unit history began in 1936 when the citizens of Missouri voted to amend the State’s constitution to create a politically independent Conservation Commission. The first official act of the Conservation Commission was to establish a Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Missouri. Objectives were “to conduct scientific research on the wildlife of Missouri” and “to educate students, both in technical phases of wildlife management and general aspects of wildlife conservation.” We have grown by adding a Fishery Unit in 1962, consolidated by becoming a single Fish and Wildlife Unit in 1985, and moved from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the National Biological Survey to the U.S Geological Survey.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 6

Post Docs: 4

University Staff: 4

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 20

Scientific Publications: 77

Presentations: 211


Past Unit Leaders

  1. David Galat
    2008 - 2010
  2. Charles Rabeni
    1985 - 2008

Past Assistant Unit Leaders

  1. Amanda Rosenberger
    2012 - 2017
  2. David Galat
    1988 - 2008
  3. Ronald Drobney
    1986 - 2003

Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

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