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

Alabama History


Student setting a trap for bobwhite quail on Conecuh National Forest, AL.

The Alabama Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit was established on the Auburn University campus in 1936. Among the first ten Units, it was established to conduct wildlife research and promote the education of wildlife professionals for the southeastern region, Alabama, Georgia, northern Florida and eastern Mississippi. The Alabama Cooperative Fisheries Unit was established at Auburn in 1966 with a similar role. The Units were combined in 1984 to form the Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.


Name Position Start Year End Year
Brewer, Shannon Unit Leader 2020 Current
Grand, James Unit Leader 1998 2017
Irwin, Elise Assistant Unit Leader 1995 Current
McGowan, Conor Assistant Unit Leader 2010 2017
Mitchell, Mike Assistant Unit Leader 1999 2005
Speake, Dan Assistant Unit Leader 1985 1995
Speake, Dan Unit Leader 1967 1984