NC Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

50th Anniversary


The North Carolina Unit was authorized and established in 1962 as a Cooperative Fisheries Unit and expanded to a Fish and Wildlife Unit 25 years later. The Unit, cooperators, and friends celebrated this milestone during an evening reception on October 18 at the JC Raulston Arboretum on the NC State campus. The reception featured a program including a history of the Unit with Tom Kwak (Leader), roots of the CRU program with Jim Fleming (Supervisor), people behind the Unit with Rich Noble (Emeritus Professor), and stories from the early days with Garland Pardue (early Assistant Leader). Gene Hester, the first Unit Leader was unable to attend, but described how the NC Unit has evolved via video footage. The reception also featured a slide-show history by Josh Raabe (recent PhD grad) and student posters on recent research directions.

It was a splendid celebration of 50 years of research, teaching, mentorship, service, outreach, collaboration, and friendship at the NC Unit, and we enjoyed visiting old friends, meeting new ones, hearing stories, and viewing images from our past. If you’d like to read the story, view some photos, and see a list of our graduate students and their research topics, please download an 8-page booklet that tells it all at our Unit’s web site (below). We appreciate all the support from the CRU administrators and staff at Headquarters and the collaboration and collegiality from our friends at other Units — we look forward to sharing and shaping the next 50 years with you!

 Download the NC Unit History Booklet


NC Unit 50th anniversary reception, 18 October 2012.


Members of the current NC Unit with Gene Hester, the first NC Unit Leader.
Pictured (L-R), Tom Kwak, Joe Hightower, Gene Hester, Ted Simons, Wendy Moore.
Not pictured is Jaime Collazo.


 Return to Tom Kwak's home page.

 Return to North Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit home page.

 Return to Department of Applied Ecology home page.

 Return to Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Program home page.