Principal Investigator

Dr. Jacob Westhoff

Jacob is an assistant professor in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri.  He came to the University of Missouri after working five years in the Science Branch of the Missouri Department of Conservation.  This real-world professional experience coupled with his background in academia provides him great insight into how science is conducted and applied to improve conservation outcomes.  It also provides him with unique perspective to share with students interested in working for government natural resource agencies or academia.

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Jacob is  also an Assistant Unit Leader of the Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.  The Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program is focused on providing graduate education in fisheries and wildlife science while providing technical assistance and research capacity for natural resources agencies.   The Missouri Coop Unit is a collaboration between  the U.S. Geological Survey, the Missouri Department of Conservation, the University of Missouri, and the Wildlife Management Institute

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Jacob Westhoff

Assistant Leader and Cooperative Assistant Professor

US Geological Survey, Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

School of Natural Resources

302 Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building

The University of Missouri

Columbia, MO 65211

573-884-8464 (office)

Aquatic Diversity Lab at the University of Missouri - Dr. Jacob Westhoff