The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife is home to several world-class research centers. We view our disciplinary diversity as our strength, providing exciting opportunities for collaboration, and creating the capacity to respond with academic vigor to new challenges.

Center for Cooperative Ecological Resilience

The Center for Cooperative Ecological Resilience (CCER) engages academic researchers and educators in adaptive management of culturally important ecological resources, with focus on integration of Indigenous and western sciences and on building tribal capacity for natural resources management. CCER aligns university and tribal resources to advance ecological sustainability, with an emphasis on creating actionable science, experiential learning and training of tribal students, and producing the next generation of natural resource leaders.

Center for PFAS

The Center for PFAS Research is working to quantify and communicate PFAS risks, as well as mitigate the impacts on human health, agriculture and natural resources.

Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability

The mission of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) is to develop and maintain a center of excellence that integrates ecology with socioeconomics, demography, and other disciplines for ecological sustainability from local, national, to global scales.

Corey Marsh Ecological Research Center 

The Corey Marsh Ecological Research Center (CMERC) is a 400-acre center for scientific research in natural resource restoration and management. CMERC also hosts outreach and education programs that build awareness of better land stewardship practices and the relevance of science to society.

Quantitative Fisheries Center

The Quantitative Fisheries Center (QFC) seeks to provide a research, outreach/service and teaching program to (1) build greater capacity within fishery management agencies in quantitative methods; (2) improve quantitative methods for assessing fish stocks; (3) assist agencies to use model-based approaches in decision making; (4) develop a better understanding of fish community and population dynamics.

Quantitative Wildlife Center

The Quantitative Wildlife Center (QWC) is recognized as a center of excellence and serves as a catalyst for advancing the power of quantitative methods for informing decisions in wildlife conservation. The Center is pioneering innovative tools and new solutions for some of the most complex issues of today: land-use change, climate change, wildlife disease and wildlife stewardship.

Water Science Network

The Water Science Network evolved out of the Center for Water Sciences, a center co-led by FW which focused on advancing scientific research and knowledge for understanding, protecting, and restoring water resources and their sustainable use by humans and ecosystems around the Great Lakes and the world. The Water Science Network’s goal is to build rapid synergies and working relationships among faculty, facilitate joint research grants, and promote MSU as a center of excellence in water.