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

Purse seining in Elliott Bay collecting samples for the Beauchamp Lab's work on the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project in Puget Sound.

The Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit works to support conservation of fish, wildlife, and their habitats in Washington, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond. We undertake management-relevant research, support decision makers through technical assistance, and train the next generation of conservation leaders. Our vision is excellence in applied fish and wildlife science, with research that is responsive to management agency needs while continuing to push the boundaries of our knowledge.

Unit scientists are experts in quantitative methods, population ecology, conservation biology, and decision analysis. We study a broad array of taxa, including marine and terrestrial mammals, marine and terrestrial birds, amphibians and reptiles, anadromous fishes, and the habitats that support them. We also facilitate research collaborations between agencies and scientists at the University of Washington and Washington State University, providing our agency cooperators with access to expertise in many research areas. We work closely with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Washington Department of Ecology, the Washington Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and many other federal agencies.

We are committed to providing a world-class training environment for graduate students and post-doctoral scientists in applied fish and wildlife science. By training students in an environment that allows direct collaboration with agency scientists, managers, and university scientists, we strive to produce students who embody our vision of excellence in applied science.


Our offices are located in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at University of Washington-Seattle.

Meet Our Staff
Meet Our Cooperators
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 2

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 10

Scientific Publications: 38

Presentations: 48


Contact Us

Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Seattle, WA 98195-5020 Phone: (206) 543 - 6475 Fax: (206) 616 - 8689 Our University Web Site

Unit Leader

Sarah Converse
Sarah J. Converse, Unit Leader

Sarah joined the Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in early 2017. She is an Associate Professor with appointments in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences and the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  2. U.S. Geological Survey
  3. University of Washington
  4. Washington Department of Ecology
  5. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
  6. Washington Department of Natural Resources
  7. Washington State University
  8. Wildlife Management Institute