Institute for Fisheries Research

Institute for Fisheries Research (IFR) was established in 1930 as a formalized cooperation between the Michigan Department of Conservation (now the Department of Natural Resources) and the University of Michigan. IFR's mission is to conduct research and education for advancing scientific understanding of the ecology and management of aquatic resources, habitats, and the fisheries they sustain; and to provide scientific and technical expertise to support sound management decision making. IFR is the hub of Michigan's inventory and modeling efforts on inland lakes and rivers, and is the home of the inter-agency Great Lakes GIS for fisheries habitats and survey data. These provide the foundation for fisheries management and research in Michigan and the Great lakes region. IFR serves as a bridge between academia and applied state government and aquatic resource management. The academic applied environment has helped make IFR a widely recognized center of excellence in fisheries science. IFR has provided office space, professional mentoring, and in many cases full funding, to more than 74 MS and 51 PhD degree students over the years. Graduates from IFR have been employed by non-governmental organizations, universities, state, and federal natural resource agencies, many of whom now hold key leadership positions.

Please visit the IFR website for more information.

Check out IFR if you are interested in the following areas in the Great Lakes and Michigan's inland lakes and streams/rivers:

  • Fish population dynamic modeling
  • Ecological classification and modeling of habitat
  • Ecosystem modeling and ecosystem impairment assessment
  • Aquatic GIS databases and tools development
  • Inland lakes and streams/rivers status and trend monitoring programs and databases
  • Inland angler survey program and databases
  • Fisheries management tool development