PA Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

One of 40 Fish and Wildlife Research Units associated with land grant universities across the country. They are cooperative ventures of the U.S. Geological Survey, state natural resource agencies, and the Wildlife Management Institute.

The units have three facets to their mission:

  • Education
  • Research
  • Technical Assistance

The mission of the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is:

To conduct interdisciplinary applied and basic research in fish and wildlife management and contribute to graduate education. The Unit's research emphasis is on:

  • integrating ecology and management of terrestrial and aquatic habitats
  • evaluating the effects of human activities on wildlife, fish, and their habitats
  • providing guidelines for restoring and maintaining important terrestrial and aquatic communities.

Unit personnel contribute to graduate education by engaging graduate students in research projects and teaching graduate level courses.


Unit Leader: Dr. Duane R. Diefenbach
Assistant Unit Leader: Dr. Tyler Wagner
Assistant Unit Leader: Dr. W. David Walter

419 Forest Resources Building
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 865-4511
Fax: (814) 863-4710