Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Our History

The Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit Program began in 1935 when five units were established at land grant universities. Additional units have been added in many states since that time. In 1961 the Cooperative Fishery Research Unit Program was initiated. Beginning in 1984, Wildlife and Fishery Units were combined and called Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units. At the present time, there are 40 Cooperative Research Units (see map). The objectives of the Units are essentially unchanged since 1935:

  • conduct research basic to the management of fishery and wildlife resources,
  • educate fishery and wildlife biologists at the graduate level, and
  • provide technical assistance to conservation agencies and groups.

The Colorado Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit was founded in 1947, and the Colorado Cooperative Fishery Research Unit was established in 1963. The two Units were combined in July 1984. The Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is staffed, supported, and coordinated by Colorado State University, the Colorado Parks and WildlifeUS Geological SurveyUS Fish & Wildlife Service and the Wildlife Management Institute.

Our Mission

The Unit works toward three basic objectives: research, education, and technical assistance. The Unit emphasizes research related to specific management problems where results have a high probability of being applied. The program remains flexible to reflect changing cooperators’ needs. The long-term fishery effort emphasizes a diversity of applied management projects having broad statewide and regional applicability. The wildlife component of the Unit emphasizes sampling and analysis of quantitative methodologies for management. The fisheries and wildlife activities are diverse and integrated with Unit cooperators. The results of research are transferred through formal graduate teaching and technical extension.

Annual Reports

2014 Cooperative Research Units – Year in Review

2014 Cooperative Research Units – Program Update

2012 Cooperative Research Units – Year in Review

2011 Cooperative Research Units – Year in Review

2010 Cooperative Research Units – Year in Review

2009 Cooperative Research Units – Year in Review

2008 Cooperative Research Units – Year in Review

2007 Cooperative Research Units – Year in Review

2006 Cooperative Research Units – Year in Review

2005 Cooperative Research Units – Year in Review

Dr. Dana Winkelman
Unit Leader
U.S. Geological Survey
Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
Office Location: 201C Wagar Bldg
Email: Dana.Winkelman@ColoState.EDU

                                                Students

Dr. William Kendall
Assistant Unit Leader
U.S. Geological Survey
Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
Office Location: 202B Wagar Bldg
Email: william.kendall@colostate.edu

                                           Students

Dr. Mevin Hooten
Assistant Unit Leader
U.S. Geological Survey
Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
Office Location: 202A Wagar Bldg
Email: Mevin.Hooten@ColoState.EDU

                                          Students

U.S. Geological Survey
Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
Colorado State University
201 JVK Wagar Bldg
1484 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO  80523-1484

Office:  970-491-5396
Fax:  970-491-1413

Map and Directions

Student and Postdoctoral Fellows can be found here.