For more than 25 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 has 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.
PERM features agency-supported faculty positions to improve the ability of MSU and the MDNR to work with other stakeholders toward identifying significant ecosystem problems and conducting research and outreach.
Objectives of PERM include:
- Augmenting regional capability for ecosystem-level applied research.
- Providing outreach services to management agencies.
- Serving as a liaison between management agencies and other MSU entities that conducts cooperative research, education and outreach on high-priority problems.
Published on February 11, 2020
Through the Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative, MSU researchers are teaming with nearly 50 partners to bring back the treasured fish species.
Published on November 5, 2019
Dana Infante has been named Michigan State University AgBioResearch’s assistant director for natural resources, effective Nov. 1, 2019.
Learn about some of the innovative research conducted by scientists in the Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management.