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

South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit


Collage of photos including a mountain lion, a telemetry study, mallard ducks ad a sturgeon.

The Cooperative Unit Program is a partnership in research, education, and technical assistance. Partners include the U.S. Geological Survey, state game and fish agencies, universities, and the Wildlife Management Institute. The program was originated in 1935 and in 1960 Congress gave it statutory recognition by enactment of Public Law 86-686. Most of the 40 Units have a staff of three federal research biologists who work with graduate students, post-docs and technicians. South Dakota State University and the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks are the local contributors in the South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Since its formation in 1963, approximately 230 SDSU graduate students also have been "Unit" students.

South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Federal Staff

Ellen Aikens, Assistant Unit Leader of the South Dakota Coop Unit, backpacking
Aikens, Ellen
Assistant Unit Leader
eaikens@usgs.gov

Dr. Steven R. Chipps, Unit Leader-Professor
Chipps, Steven
Unit Leader
steve_chipps@usgs.gov

Banding a drake redhead near Fergus Falls, Minnesota.  Summer 2013.
Stafford, Joshua
Assistant Unit Leader
jstafford@usgs.gov

Contact Us

South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

USGS, South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit McFadden Biostress Laboratory NRM Box 2140B 1390 College Ave
Brookings SD 57007-1696
Phone: (605) 688-4785
Fax: (605) 688-4515

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University Website: http://www.sdstate.edu/nrm
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