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

Oklahoma About Us

Scenic overlook of Broken Bow Lake, SE Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit was established in 1948 and, with direction from our Coordinating Committee, we help our partners address research needs in wildlife and fisheries management within the state and beyond. Primarily, we help train the next generation of natural resource professionals through graduate-level education and applied research on a wide variety of fisheries and wildlife topics in cooperation with federal agencies, Oklahoma State University, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, indigenous Nations and other entities with a conservation focus. Through graduate education, research, and technical assistance, we inform natural resource science and management, continually seeking to create a culture of inclusivity and respect; embracing diversity as a source of strength, ingenuity, and inspiration. Courses taught at Oklahoma State University emphasize conservation, management, ecology, and statistical tools to monitor and assess wildlife and fisheries resources at the population, community, and ecosystem levels. Our research projects are problem-oriented and designed to provide cooperators with actionable science on contemporary natural resource issues. We recognize the lands and waters on which we perform research and teaching are the traditional and ancestral home of indigenous Nations and peoples, and we aim to deliver science that meets the needs of all who call Oklahoma home.