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

Minnesota History


Image of brook trout from Minnesota Unit research project

The Minnesota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit was established in 1987, and staffed beginning in 1988. At the Minnesota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, we emphasize research on impacts of human activities on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems that are of state, regional, and national significance. Our research program addresses not only the biological, but also social and economic aspects of both game and nongame fisheries and wildlife management in the context of maintenance of biological diversity, and integrity and sustainability of ecosystems.

We currently have a vacancy in the position of Assistant Leader-Fisheries, but continue to enjoy support from our Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and University of Minnesota partners. We continue to work with a wide range of cooperators, outstanding graduate students, and university, federal, state, and non‐governmental scientists and resource managers to further our research and teaching missions, and to provide technical assistance to partners and clients.


Name Position Start Year End Year
Andersen, David Unit Leader 1995 Current
Andersen, David Assistant Unit Leader 1989 1995
Fulton, David Assistant Unit Leader 1998 Current
Vondracek, Bruce Assistant Unit Leader 1988 2015