Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management

For more than 20 years, the Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management (PERM) has successfully united Michigan State University (MSU) scientists with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) to help keep Michigan’s natural resources healthy and sustainable. Originally a partnership between MSU and the Fisheries and Wildlife divisions of the DNR, PERM subsequently expanded to include the DNR Forest Resources Division, and the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. Today, PERM's progress has enabled researchers to advance conservation to meet public needs. We are working to better understand how people interact with fisheries and wildlife, how they value fisheries and wildlife and how that affects fisheries and wildlife population objectives. Efforts have focused on deer, fish, wolf and feral swine, among others.

2016 PERM report

PERM Faculty

  • Jim Bence
  • Mary Bremigan
  • Jordan Burroughs
  • Dan Hayes
  • Dana Infante
  • Dan Kramer
  • Frank Lupi
  • Shawn Riley
  • Gary Roloff
  • Kim Scribner

PERM Projects

  • Development and implementation of a fish health initiative for Michigan inland and Great Lakes Fisheries and VHS Testing. - Mohamed Faisal
  • Eastern massasauga conservation: through refined modeling, habitat management, and snake fungal disease detection. - Henry Campa
  • Using population and community dynamic models and quantitative fisheries analysis to promote improved fisheries management in the Great Lakes. - Jim Bence
  • Development and implementation of conservation genetic initiatives for Michigan inland and Great Lakes fisheries and aquatic wildlife species. - Kim Scribner
  • Quantitative support for inter-jurisdictional fisheries management in the Great Lakes. - Jim Bence
  • Improving fishery stock assessments in the Great Lakes. - Jim Bence
  • Research and biometrics consultation and support to Wildlife Division via the Boone and Crockett Quantitative Wildlife Center at Michigan State University. - William Porter and David Williams
  • Boone and Crockett graduate student fellowship: regional analysis of antlered white-tailed deer buck harvest and trophy deer records. - William Porter and David Williams
  • Analytical support refining black bear abundance estimates in the northern Lower Peninsula and addressing action items in Michigan’s bear management plan. - David Williams
  • Statistical catch-at-age assessment of Michigan black bear population dynamics. - Jim Bence
  • Population dynamics and assessment in Michigan inland lakes and streams. - Dan Hayes
  • Rehabilitation of lake sturgeon populations in Michigan. - Kim Scribner
  • Elk responses to recreational use and habitat potential in Michigan. - Henry Campa
  • Impacts of harvest and habitat conditions on breeding mallard abundance in the Great Lakes region. - Scott Winterstein
  • Adaptive management of sharp-tailed grouse in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. - Mike Jones
  • Population dynamics and movements of mute swans in Michigan. - Scott Winterstein
  • Population dynamics and management of wild turkeys in Michigan: linking monitoring, assessment and harvest policy evaluation. - William Porter
  • Data collection and analysis to generate localized deer abundance estimates and recommended future protocols. - William Porter
  • Conduct research and consult on general wildlife resource issues and wildlife-habitat relationships. - Gary Roloff
  • Using economic models and quantitative human dimensions analysis to promote improved fisheries management in the Great Lakes regional ecosystem. - Frank Lupi
  • Angler survey for basin managers and Great Lakes management planning. - Frank Lupi
  • A statewide survey of Michigan’s licensed anglers. - Frank Lupi
  • Michigan trout angler survey. - Frank Lupi
  • Mass media coverage of Michigan’s 2014 wolf referenda. - Meredith Gore
  • An evaluation of moving to a learning organization in the Wildlife Division: measuring collaboration, trust, performance and effectiveness of decisions. - Shawn Riley
  • Monitoring mast occurrence and production using citizen scientists to inform wildlife management in Michigan. - Gary Roloff
  • Facilitating urban-suburban deer management in Michigan: social, spatial and population considerations. - Shawn Riley
  • Assessing the viability of game meat sharing as a strategy to increase support for hunting and wildlife conservation. - Shawn Riley
  • Exploring causal factors and effects of declining hunter participation in Michigan. - Shawn Riley
  • Improving efficacy of furbearer management in Michigan through assessment of the nature and extent of illegal fur harvesting. - Meredith Gore and Gary Roloff
  • Conduct research, consult on improving quality and sustainability of human environments and natural resources; emphasis on wildlife resources, partnerships. - Jordan Burroughs
  • Advise and consult on data collection, study design and application of findings regarding the social, economic and policy aspects of wildlife management, conservation biology and changing land use. - Dan Kramer
  • Advise and consult on natural resource economics data collection, study design and application of findings, which characterize the significance of wildlife to the state’s natural resource-based economy. - Frank Lupi
  • Conduct research and consult on general wildlife resource issues and the integration of human and environmental dimensions of wildlife management. - Shawn Riley
  • Developing decision tools for inland lake management through field sampling and statistical models linking lakes to landscape context. - Mary Bremigan
  • Investigation of watershed influences, riparian condition and habitat dynamics on fish communities. - Dana Infante
  • Development of lake spatial information and tools for aquatic life conservation. - Dana Infante
  • Implementation support for state wildlife action plan. - Dana Infante
  • The digital water atlas and resource guide support and analysis. - Dana Infante
  • Effects of flow changes on thermal dynamics of streams: Improving an important link in Michigan’s Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool (WWAT). - Dan Hayes
  • Understanding habitat, breeding ecology and diseases of feral swine in Michigan to inform effective management. - Gary Roloff
  • American woodcock reproductive rates in relation to forest structure at local and landscape scales. - Scott Winterstein
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