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

Nebraska History

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The Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit was established in 2004 through a Cooperative Agreement signed by the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Wildlife Management Institute.

Craig R. Allen was our first unit leader, and Valerie Egger was our first administrative assistant. Originally housed in Mussehl Hall (2004), the Unit moved to Miller Hall in 2005, and finally to Hardin Hall in late 2006.

A 10th Anniversary Celebration was held September 30, 2014. Permanent Unit staff at that time were: Craig R. Allen, unit leader; Kevin L. Pope, assistant unit leader; Joseph J. Fontaine, assistant unit leader; Valerie Egger, administrative assistant; Caryl Cashmere, staff assistant.

Name Position Start Year End Year
Allen, Craig Unit Leader 2004 2019
Fontaine, Joseph Assistant Unit Leader 2009 2019
Pope, Kevin Unit Leader 2019 2024
Pope, Kevin Assistant Unit Leader 2005 2019
Sonsthagen, Sarah Assistant Unit Leader 2020 Current
Spurgeon, Jonathan Unit Leader 2024 Current
Spurgeon, Jonathan Assistant Unit Leader 2020 2024