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

Utah History


Photo of Cache Valley Wetlands

The Intermountain West is undergoing dynamic demographic changes accompanied by changing land uses, and increasingly diverse and often conflicting demands on limited natural resources. As a result, finding solutions to complex natural resource problems has necessitated an increasingly inter-disciplinary approach. A Cooperative Agreement signed between the US Department of Interior and Utah State University in 1935 established the existence, mission, and function of the Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. It provides an organizational mechanism that enables the Unit, in the setting of the College of Natural Resources, to create and facilitate cooperative, interdisciplinary relationships between Faculty in all departments of the College and across Utah State University, with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, the Wildlife Management Institute, and the USGS Biological Resources Division. Further, the Research Work Order Process, unique to the Cooperative Research Unit Program, allows cooperative interaction between faculty at Utah State University and any federal agency. Specifically, it is the mechanism that allows acceptance of federal research funds non-competitively.


Name Position Start Year End Year
Beauchamp, David Unit Scientist 1994 1999
Berry, Charles Assistant Unit Leader 1976 1983
Bissonette, John Unit Leader 1985 2012
Budy, Phaedra Unit Leader 2012 Current
Budy, Phaedra Assistant Unit Leader 2000 2012
Edwards, Thomas Assistant Unit Leader 1987 Current