Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Massachusetts
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit


Personnel at the Massachusetts Unit installing temperature loggers in a stream.

The Cooperative Research Unit Program (CRUP) began in the 1930s. For much of its history the CRUP was part of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service until the 1990s, when CRUP joined the U. S. Geological Survey. The Massachusetts Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit was one of the early Units, established in 1948. In 1963, the Fish Unit was formed, and in 1990 the two were combined into the Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. There are currently about 40 Units across the country.

The Massachusetts Unit is partnership among the U.S. Geological Survey, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Wildlife Management Institute.

At the Massachusetts Coop Unit, our goal is to create an inclusive, equitable scientific community. We are committed to promoting a safe, productive, and diverse environment with a focus on training and mentorship. We pledge to combat issues of inequality in science and dismantle racist policies. We pledge to support students by providing an open and supportive environment, speaking up, and guiding individuals to resources. We aim to be better colleagues by listening without judgment, making space for people’s voices, and treating everyone with respect. We will not tolerate unwanted words or actions that constitute harassment or outright bigotry anywhere– in the classroom, the lab, or the field. We are committed to reflection, self-education, action, and accountability. We encourage students from diverse backgrounds to come work with us, where we strive to offer the support, mentorship, experience, and inspiration students need to succeed in science.

Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Federal Staff

Graziella V. DiRenzo, PhD
DiRenzo, Graziella
Assistant Unit Leader
gdirenzo@usgs.gov

Electrofishing in Cedar Creek, PA
Roy, Allison
Unit Leader
aroy@usgs.gov

Tammy L. Wilson enjoys a hike in Haleakala National Park.
Wilson, Tammy
Assistant Unit Leader
twilson@usgs.gov

Contact Us

Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Holdsworth Natural Research Center
University of Massachusetts
Box 34220
Amherst MA 01003-4220
Phone: (413) 545-0398
Fax: (413) 545-4358

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