CDFW Science Institute: To ensure quality, visibility and integrity of the science that is conducted and used within the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
About Science in CDFW
At CDFW, sound science is a crucial foundation for the day-to-day work we do to maintain California's fish, wildlife and natural communities. Reflecting the diverse natural resources of our State, science in CDFW spans numerous disciplines, species, habitats, and geographic areas. It also involves many collaborators, including universities, non-profit organizations, and other agencies. CDFW's Science Institute is part of a new initiative to expand and enhance our scientific capacity and to provide the public with opportunities to see and learn about the important science we do in support of the mission of CDFW.
CDFW Scientific Periodicals
See subject pages (links to the right) for more publications.
Labs and Research Centers
- Aquatic Bioassessment Lab
- Interagency Ecological Program
- Marine Invertebrate Survey and Assessment Project
- Marine Pollution Studies Laboratory Group
- Marine Wildlife Veterinary Care and Research Center
- Petroleum Chemistry Lab
- Shellfish Health Lab
- Wildlife Forensics Lab
- Wildlife Investigation Lab
- Water Pollution Control Lab
California Fish and Game, produced by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is celebrating 100 years of continuous publication, further contributing to the fact that it is California's longest-running, continuously published scientific journal. First published in October 1914, the journal is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a series of special volumes. Each volume will consist of invited papers addressing subjects matter in the fields of Botany (100), Marine Science (100), Freshwater Ecology (100), and Wildlife Ecology (100). In recognition of the fact that Volume 1 contained 5 issues, there is the possibility that a fifth issue, consisting of contributed papers, will be published this year.
Wildlife Investigations Laboratory
Quality in Science
Carrying out sound science means ensuring that the scientific work of CDFW adheres to the highest standards and recommended practices of scientific study and integrity. These are several of the elements that CDFW has implemented to promote high quality science that is robust, credible, transparent, and relevant:
- Incorporation of Adaptive Management into Conservation Planning and Resource Management
- Policies and guidelines pertaining to quality and integrity of scientific work in CDFW
- Team for scientific development and oversight in CDFW
- Guidelines for Ad Hoc Scientific Advisory Committees (PDF)
- Scientific Community Development Program for the training and professional development of CDFW scientists