Cooperative Research Units
Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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About the Washington Unit

Purse seining in Elliott Bay collecting samples for the Beauchamp Lab's work on the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project in Puget Sound.

Cooperative Research Units have three facets to their mission: (1) Graduate Education, (2) Research, and (3) Technical Assistance.

Each Unit consists of 2-5 federal scientists and 1-2 administrative specialists. The Unit Leader provides oversight to all Unit activities. Federal scientists hold faculty rank at their home institution, teach courses and workshops for graduate students and cooperators, and conduct research on a wide variety of natural resource topics. Research projects typically support graduate students and post-docs.


The Washington Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit is located in the University of Washington School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences. The Fisheries Science building is located at the southwest corner of the UW campus between Boat Street, Brookyn Avenue and Pacific Avenue. Stop by our Administrative Office in Room 250 and introduce yourself. We'd be happy to show you around.

Meet Our Staff
Meet Our Cooperators
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 1

Masters Students: 1

Phd Students: 2

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 17

Scientific Publications: 38

Presentations: 31


Contact Us

Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Seattle, WA 98195-5020 Phone: (206) 543 - 6475 Fax: ( ) - Our University Web Site

Unit Leader

Sarah Converse
Sarah J. Converse, Unit Leader

Sarah joined the Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in early 2017. She is an Associate Professor with appointments in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences and the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

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