Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
The Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is part of a nation-wide cooperative program, initiated in 1935, to promote research and graduate student training in the ecology and management of fish, wildlife and their habitats. The Alaska Unit, formed in 1991 by a merger of the Alaska Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit (est. 1950) and Alaska Cooperative Fishery Research Unit (est. 1978), exists by cooperative agreement among the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI).
At present, the Alaska Unit sponsors 44 projects and 30 graduate students in research topically ranging from productivity of fish and wildlife populations to effects of contaminants on coastal ecosystems, and geographically from southeast Alaska rain forests to the tundra of southwest Alaska and the North Slope. A Unit Coordinating Committee, composed of ADFG, UAF, USFWS, USGS, and WMI representatives, oversees the mission and program of the Unit.