The Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management unites MSU with fisheries and wildlife management agencies to help keep Michigan’s natural resources healthy and sustainable.

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, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and the U.S. Geological Survey. 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.

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2016 PERM Report

Learn about some of the innovative research conducted by scientists in the Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management.

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