Institute Overview

The Institute for Fisheries Research (IFR) is located on the campus of the University of Michigan (UM) in Ann Arbor. IFR is now housed in the North Ingalls Building with the main doors facing Cornwell Street on the north. Sadly our old home in the Museums Annex Building, adjacent to the Ruthven Exhibit Museum and near the School of Dentistry, was torn down to make room for a new UM building.

As of 2004, 5 people are employees of Fisheries Division, Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR). One person is University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment (UM SNRE) staff. Three UM SNRE graduate students have offices at IFR. Two people are Michigan State Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. The Station Manager is Gary Whelan.

IFR was established February 7, 1930, by action of the University of Michigan. Dr. Carl Hubbs was the first director.

IFR was formed to promote collaborative research between the State and UM on Michigan's fisheries. Staff and students at IFR conduct research to support fisheries management in Michigan.

Major research areas include:

  • Ecology and population dynamics of stream, lake, and Great Lakes fishes;
  • Watershed modeling of fish habitat in streams;
  • Spatial analysis of fish habitat and fisheries of lakes, rivers, and the Great Lakes; and,
  • Statistical design and analysis of survey data on fish populations and fisheries.

In addition, the Institute houses:

  • Research Administration for Fisheries Division;
  • One faculty member of the Fisheries Division/UM PERM program;
  • Research director emeritus, volunteer, working on non-game fishes;
  • Fisheries specialist working on statewide river assessments, threatened & endangered species, and aquatic wildlife conservation planning; and,
  • Master's and PhD. graduate students.

IFR is one of five research stations of the DNR Fisheries Division.

As of year 2000, the Institute has supported, guided, and benefited from 74 Master's and 51 Doctoral students, and has published 2100 Fisheries Research Reports and 127 other reports.

Personnel at the Institute work closely with faculty, staff and students of the UM School of Natural Resources & Environment and the UM Museum of Zoology as well as staff at MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.