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Research staff
Get to know a few of our world-class researchers
Research publications
Comprehensive archive of our publications from 1950 to today
Former projects
More than 350 research projects have been completed since 1929
Contact information
For information on wildlife research in the Office of Applied Science, contact:
Dave MacFarland
Wildlife research team leader
715-365-8917

Office of Applied ScienceWildlife research

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Staff on the wildlife research team specialize in a variety of areas throughout the field, including wildlife population monitoring, harvest projection, disease ecology and population dynamics. We conduct our work statewide and our projects are diverse in scope, with a primary focus on game species management.

Some of our current projects include: evaluation of CWD impacts to deer; research on the primary drivers of duck populations; modeling of bear and bobcat populations; evaluation of wildlife habitat management strategies and evaluation of elk reintroduction.

We collaborate with universities, federal and state agencies and conservation groups across the state and country to help meet the DNR’s high priority research needs, and we provide opportunities for citizen science through hunter, trapper, landowner and recreational volunteer programs.

Project highlights


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Research Estimating Bear Abundance (REBA): New methods for estimating black bear population size

Researchers are using non-invasive genetic sampling to estimate black bear abundance and density specific to bear management zones across 34 counties in Wisconsin. Read the full article. [PDF]



Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in brood surveys

The Office of Applied Science waterfowl research team has partnered with University of Wisconsin-Steven's Point to test the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in conducting brood surveys in wetland habitats.


Meet our staff

To learn more about OAS wildlife research staff, visit our staff page.

Research areas

Explore the topic areas below to learn more about our ongoing and recently completed projects.

Publications and reports

View a list and links to our recent journal publications and reports.

Last revised: Thursday September 12 2019