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209 Irving 1
PO Box 757020
902 Koyukuk Ave.
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7020

907.474.7661
907.474.7872 FAX

uaf-iab-akcfwru@alaska.edu
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30 September 2014
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About the Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit


Brief Description of the Unit

The Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is part of a nation-wide cooperative program, initiated in 1935, to promote research and graduate student training in the ecology and management of fish, wildlife and their habitats. The Alaska Unit, formed in 1991 by a merger of the Alaska Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit (est. 1950) and Alaska Cooperative Fishery Research Unit (est. 1978), exists by cooperative agreement among the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI).

Located on the UAF campus and administered through the UAF Institute of Arctic Biology, the Alaska Unit is staffed by USGS-salaried scientists who hold regular faculty appointments and UAF-salaried personnel who provide administrative support. The WMI serves as a liaison among Unit cooperators nation-wide and as an independent voice for the Units on Capitol Hill. Research funds are provided annually by the ADFG, and through grants and contracts obtained by Unit scientists and cooperating faculty. Agencies of the U.S. Departments of Interior and Defense are primary sources of federal research funds for the Alaska Unit.

At present, the Alaska Unit sponsors 44 projects and 30 graduate students in research topically ranging from productivity of fish and wildlife populations to effects of contaminants on coastal ecosystems, and geographically from southeast Alaska rain forests to the tundra of southwest Alaska and the North Slope. A Unit Coordinating Committee, composed of ADFG, UAF, USFWS, USGS, and WMI representatives, oversees the mission and program of the Unit.

Statement of Direction

The research program of the Unit will be aimed at understanding the ecology of Alaska's fish and wildlife; evaluating impacts of land use and development on these resources; and relating effects of social and economic needs to production and harvest of natural populations.

In addition to the expected Unit functions of graduate student training/ instruction and technical assistance, research efforts will be directed at problems of productivity, socioeconomic impacts, and perturbation on fish and wildlife populations, their habitats and ecosystems. Fisheries research will emphasize water quality, habitat characteristics, and life history requirements of arctic and subarctic fish populations. Wildlife research will focus on evaluation of habitat quality and ecology of northern birds and mammals. Unit research will also be directed at integrated studies of fish and wildlife at the ecosystem


UAF is an AA/EO employer and educational institution.


Biology & Wildlife Department Institute of Arctic Biology School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences University of Alaska Fairbanks