- Joyce Brite retired from the Unit after 26 years as support staff.
- Dr. Jack Cully retired from the Unit.
- Dr. David Haukos was selected as the Unit Leader.
- Dr. Martha Mather joined the Kansas Unit as Assistant Unit Leader-Fisheries.
- Dr. Craig P. Paukert accepted the position of Unit Leader at the Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in Columbia.
- Dr. Philip Gipson retire from the Kansas Unit.
- Dr. Craig P. Paukert joined the Kansas Unit as Assistant Leader-Fisheries.
- Dr. Christopher Guy accepted the position of Assistant Leader-Fisheries at the Montana Cooperative Fisheries Unit in Bozeman.
- The first PhD student graduated (P. Braaten)
- The first MS student graduated (William K. Smith)
- Dr. Christopher S. Guy and Dr. Jack F. Cully, Jr. were hired as Assistant Leader-Fisheries and Assistant Leader-Wildlife, respectively.
- Dr. Philip S. Gipson was selected as the Unit Leader.
- Dr. Michael R. Vaughan of the Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit was assigned to the Kansas Unit as Acting Unit Leader for a six-week period.
- Dr. Timothy Modde accepted a position with the Colorado River Fisheries Project, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in Vernal, Utah.
- The Kansas Unit opened at Kansas State University in Manhattan in October. Dr. Timothy R. Modde was appointed as the first Unit Leader. Joyce Brite joined the Unit as support staff.
- Congress gave statutory recognition to the Cooperative Research Unit program by enactment of Public Law 86-686.