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

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The U.S. Geological Survey, South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is jointly supported by the U.S. Department of Interior, South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks, South Dakota State University, the Wildlife Management Unit, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The Unit is associated with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at South Dakota State University which is housed in the Northern Plains Biostress Laboratory.


Most of the Unit's research projects are field-oriented and are conducted by graduate students under the supervision of Unit scientists, other university professors, and agency biologists. Most research focuses on fish and wildlife ecology in the Prairie Pothole Region of the upper Midwest, with an emphasis on ecosystem management in agricultural settings.

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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 7

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 18

Scientific Publications: 55

Presentations: 117


Contact Us

South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Brookings, SD 57007-1696 Phone: (605) 688 - 4785 Fax: (605) 688 - 4515 Our University Web Site

Unit Leader

Steve Chipps
Dr. Steven R. Chipps, Unit Leader-Professor

I serve as the Unit Leader of the South Dakota Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit. My research interests include feeding ecology and energetics of fishes, and my students and I are currently working on trout management in the Black Hills, and pallid sturgeon ecology in the Missouri River. Originally from Virginia, I attended the University of Idaho (Ph.D.), West Virginia University (M.S.) and Davis & Elkins College (B.S.).

South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
  2. South Dakota State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute