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

Wyoming History


WY Coop student did pioneering research on elk migration using radio telemtery for the WY Coop Unit in the late 1970s.

Established in 1977, the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is one of 40 Research units nationwide. The Cooperative Research Units were created to promote research and graduate student education in fisheries and wildlife sciences. Our state, regional and national cooperators include U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), University of Wyoming (UW), Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD), and the Wildlife Management Institute.
Over 31 years of operation, the unit leaders and assistant unit leaders have served as advisor or co-advisor to over 200 graduate students at the University of Wyoming. This included 31 Ph.D students and 169 master’s degree students.
The accomplishments of the unit have yielded a cadre of professional fish and wildlife biologists who have brought their skills to natural resource management, education, and several other professions. The research conducted by these students has contributed knowledge needed by state and federal natural resource management agencies when making decisions crucial to the continued function of ecosystems in the Great Plains and the Intermountain West, and maintenance of outdoor recreation opportunities.


Name Position Start Year End Year
Anderson, Stanley Unit Scientist 1979 2005
Chalfoun, Anna Assistant Unit Leader 2011 Current
Hubert, Wayne Unit Leader 2005 2009
Hubert, Wayne Assistant Unit Leader 1982 2005
Kauffman, Matthew Unit Leader 2010 Current
Kauffman, Matthew Assistant Unit Leader 2006 2010
Lindzey, Fred Assistant Unit Leader 1984 2005
Walters, Annika Assistant Unit Leader 2011 Current