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

Arizona History


Photo of landscape taken at a Arizona reservoir.

Fish and Wildlife science has had a long history in the State of Arizona. Aldo Leopold, known to many the "Father of Wildlife Management" obtained his first position following college with the Apache National Forest in Arizona. The Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit has had a long history in Arizona as well, active at the University of Arizona for over 60 years. A wildlife unit was started in 1950, and due to the popularity and success of the program, a separate fisheries unit was started in 1964. Twenty-five years ago both units were combined into a single fish and wildlife unit. Past scientists on the AZCFWRU staff have been leaders of the fish and wildlife profession both nationally and internationally. These scientists have included Drs. Lyle Sowls, Charles Hungerford, Norman Smith, William McConnell, Jerry Tash, Charles Ziebell, Eugene Maughan, Carol McIvor, Stephan DeStefano, and Courtney Conway.


Name Position Start Year End Year
Bonar, Scott Unit Leader 2000 Current
Conway, Courtney Assistant Unit Leader 2000 2011
Culver, Melanie Assistant Unit Leader 2002 Current
DeStefano, Stephen Assistant Unit Leader 1994 1999