The Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit is one of approximately 40 units nationwide that serve to link land grant universities to state and federal conservation agencies. The principal linkage is the placement of three US Geological Survey scientists serving as additional fulltime faculty in university departments . Their mission is to conduct research, provide graduate training, and participate in technical assistance focused toward resolution of natural resource issues, wetland resources in the case of the Florida Unit. That is accomplished through cooperation among the University of Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the US Geological Survey, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Wildlife Management Institute.
The Program for Studies in Tropical Conservation (PSTC) is an interdisciplinary program that develops human resources and strengthens institutions in tropical countries through integrated research and training.