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

Missouri History

Actively managed wetland in Missouri

The Missouri Unit history began in 1936 when the citizens of Missouri voted to amend the State’s constitution to create a politically independent Conservation Commission. The first official act of the Conservation Commission was to establish a Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Missouri. Objectives were “to conduct scientific research on the wildlife of Missouri” and “to educate students, both in technical phases of wildlife management and general aspects of wildlife conservation.” We have grown by adding a Fishery Unit in 1962, consolidated by becoming a single Fish and Wildlife Unit in 1985, and moved from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the National Biological Survey to the U.S Geological Survey.

Name Position Start Year End Year
Drobney, Ronald Assistant Unit Leader 1986 2003
Galat, David Unit Leader 2008 2010
Galat, David Assistant Unit Leader 1988 2008
Paukert, Craig Unit Leader 2010 Current
Rabeni, Charles Unit Leader 1985 2008
Rosenberger, Amanda Assistant Unit Leader 2012 2017
Webb, Lisa Assistant Unit Leader 2011 2023
Westhoff, Jacob Assistant Unit Leader 2021 Current