California Department of Fish and Wildlife

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.

What's New

Cal Fish and Game cover 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[1]), Marine Science (100[2]), Freshwater Ecology (100[3]), and Wildlife Ecology (100[4]). 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.

Bay-Delta Science Conference – Call for Abstracts due June 11, 2014
October 28-30, 2014 • Sacramento Convention Center
The Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference is a forum for presenting technical analyses and results relevant to the Delta Science Program’s mission to provide the best possible, unbiased, science-based information for water and environmental decision-making in the Bay-Delta system. The goal of the conference is to provide new information and syntheses to the broad community of scientists, engineers, resource managers, and stakeholders working on Bay-Delta issues. The organizers of this 8th Science Conference are seeking presentations that support this goal.

California participates in special publication of the Ecological Society of America on climate change impacts

Featured Scientist

Stella McMillin, featured scientist

Stella McMillin,
Environmental Scientist

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: