Fisheries and Wildlife Extension

The MU Wildlife and Fisheries Extension Program provides research-based information on wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture to clientele throughout the state, region and United States. As part of the MU Extension and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, with MU Extension Centers in each of Missouri's 114 counties, the Extension Wildlife and Fisheries Extension Program is able to deliver objective, problem-solving information in a timely manner to the citizens of the state.

Robert A. Pierce II, Ph.D., provides statewide leadership for Extension Wildlife and Fisheries Programs here at MU. Pierce works closely with MU Extension Centers and Extension Regional Specialists to develop educational programs that meet the educational objectives for clientele across the state. In addition he developed the Missouri Master Wildlifer Program and the Missouri Master Naturalist Program in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Conservation, and collaborates with the Extension Forester in leading the Missouri Woodland Steward Program.

Exploring the relationships between land use and the wildlife community within the forest and agricultural ecosystem in Missouri and the Midwest provides the basis for much of the Wildlife and Fisheries Extension Program. Pierce is also interested in training volunteers to become citizen scientists and provide community service through the Missouri Master Naturalist Program.