Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management


The Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management's novel approach to promoting cooperation among its partners, facilitating cutting-edge natural resource research, and applying results to resource management is reflected in its objectives, which include to:

  • Augment regional capability for ecosystem-level applied research;
  • Provide outreach services to management agencies; and
  • Serve as a liaison between management agencies to facilitate cooperative research on high priority problems.

PERM faculty members bring a common ecosystem perspective and emphasis on state-of-the-art qualitative and quantitative approaches to meet the needs of partner agencies.  In addition to addressing research needs of the partner organizations, PERM faculty provide significant technical and outreach expertise that serve agency information and technology transfer needs as well building capacity to make sustainable decisions about Michigan’s ecosystems.


Ecologists; fisheries and wildlife specialists; natural resources managers.


MSU, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Great Lakes Science Center, and the Great Lakes Fishery Commission are cooperatively involved in the Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management (PERM).

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