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.
Published on January 1, 2019
Asia Dowtin uses what she knows about how different tree species function in urban environments to help cities plan resilient greenspaces for the future.
Published on November 26, 2018
On Nov. 28, Michigan State University AgBioResearch will officially open the Corey Marsh Ecological Research Center.
Published on February 22, 2018
MSU researchers are working to preserve hardwood diversity, which protects the forest ecosystem from threats such as pathogens and insect predation.
Learn about some of the innovative research conducted by scientists in the Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management.