20 Years of Research
The Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research (IWWR) has been developing and sustaining a premier program of research for Ducks Unlimited’s conservation programs for 20 years now.
In March 1991, Ducks Unlimited (DU) scientists had realized that the organization needed to expand its capability to study factors affecting waterfowl populations on a much broader scale, and IWWR was born.
“From the beginning, IWWR focused on engaging graduate students,” says Dave Howerter, IWWR national manager. “By partnering with universities to support graduate research, DU ensured that the next generation of conservation scientists would receive the training required to help fulfill DU’s mission, while focusing the intellectual resources housed at universities on topics important to our conservation companies.”
In its 20 years, IWWR has led or participated in nearly 300 studies throughout North America, while helping to train graduate students from over 40 universities, and collaborating with more than 45 external agencies. They believe that new perspectives, ideas and information can open the door for the next great breakthrough.
In addition, IWWR-sponsored research has resulted in more than 540 graduate theses, book chapters and peer-reviewed technical journal articles. Today, IWWR is comprised of a core team of 15 staff. It has come a long ways since 1991.