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

Wisconsin Wildlife History


Three neotropical birds: Magnolia warbler, Wilson's warbler, Canada warbler that were caught in a mist net for banding.

The WCWRU was established in 1972 to facilitate cooperation between the partners and to conduct programs of research and education related to natural resource management, with a focus on wildlife. The first Unit Leader was Donald Rusch. Christine Ribic was the first Assistant Unit Leader in (1994) and became Unit Leader in 2000. Michael Samuel was Assistant Unit Leader (Disease Ecology) (2003-2018). Wendy Turner became the new Assistant Unit Leader (Disease Ecology) in 2021.

The Wisconsin Unit logo represents the Wisconsin research foci of the Unit scientists. Canada Goose (Rusch), Eastern Meadowlark and badger (grassland ecosystem) (Ribic), and white-tailed deer (Chronic Wasting Disease) (Turner).

Name Position Start Year End Year
Ribic, Christine Unit Leader 1990 2022
Samuel, Michael Assistant Unit Leader 2003 2018
Turner, Wendy Assistant Unit Leader 2020 Current