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Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Graduate Student Mark Sorel conducting field work on fish passage in the upper Lewis River in Washington State.

The Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (WACFWRU) is one of 34 Units that are combined Fish and Wildlife Research Units. Two additional units are Wildlife Research Units, and four others are Fishery Research Units. WACFWRU has marked it's 48th year of existence in 2015. The Unit was formed as a fisheries research unit in 1967, and became a combined fish and wildlife research unit in 1989. Base funding for operations is provided by the Unit's cooperating agencies: USGS; the University of Washington (School of Fisheries); and the Washington Departments of Ecology, Fish and Wildlife and Natural Resources. Effective working relationships with Washington State University and other academic institutions, other Federal and State agencies and private conservation organizations help the Unit meet its goals. In addition to maintaining productive research programs in their own areas of expertise, Unit staff seek funds fro research by other scientists at the University of Washington, Washington State University and the cooperating State agencies. During the last five years, WACFWRU has received an average of $2 million in new research dollars per year from federal, state, and private sources. These funds have supported 27-33 graduate students per year in the program. WACFWRU has maintained a consistent record of completed student theses and dissertations, and technical publications of high quality. WACFWRU students and staff have received numerous awards for scientific excellence.

With only four permanent staff (Unit Leader (vacant), Assistant Leader-Fisheries , Assistant Leader-Wildlife, and Program Manager, located within the School of Fisheries at the University of Washington, Unit staff must work effectively with other scientists at the University of Washington, in the Department of the Interior, and in the Washington State Departments of Ecology, Fish and Wildlife, and Natural Resources. Effective working relationships with Washington State University, other academic institutions, and private conservation organizations also help the Unit meet its goals. Unit funds are used to support research by highly qualified graduate students with their training an integral component of the overall Unit research program.

 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 13

Scientific Publications: 50

Presentations: 63

Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  2. U.S. Geological Survey
  3. University of Washington
  4. Washington Department of Ecology
  5. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
  6. Washington Department of Natural Resources
  7. Washington State University
  8. Wildlife Management Institute