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The Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology program is interdisciplinary and intercollegiate between the College of Natural Resources, College of Agriculture and Live Sciences, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. We conduct innovative research to identify and resolve important questions ranging from fundamental scientific inquiry to applied, management-oriented problems.


Current research thrusts in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology include:

Colter1_001 Global Change and Wildlife focuses on the effects of land use and climate change on wildlife and their habitats; develops strategies to mitigate negative effects of global change on wildlife; explores the influence of management practices, especially prescribed fire, timber harvest and sustainable agriculture, that can be used to improve wildlife habitat; and emphasizes conservation and restoration of native plant communities, especially in urbanizing landscapes.Key contact: Dr. Christopher Moorman
stewart_rcw Human Dimensions of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology includes human dimensions of wildlife science, coupled human-natural systems, conservation related conflict, conservation development, urban wildlife conservation, outdoor recreation, environmental communication, and environmental economics.Key contact: Dr. Nils Peterson
cameratrap_blackbear Movement Ecology related to Movebank animal tracking and eMammal camera trapping – the movement of animals is what makes them so interesting, ecologically important, and difficult to study. Technology has advanced to where we can rigorously study the movement of free-ranging animals, describe the phenomenon in detail, and ask new scientific questions with real-world relevance.Key contact: Dr. Roland Kays
sm_mammals_001 Quantitative Ecology studies populations, including estimation of demographic rates, distribution patterns, abundance, and habitat relationships, is essential for conservation, management, and ecological understanding. Major drivers such as climate change and land-use change will continue to alter the environment affecting wildlife populations in new and unexpected ways. Our lab develops statistical models to assess populations and distributions for fish, wildlife, and other organisms.Key contact: Dr. Krishna Pacifi
elfelt_coyoteresearch_000 Wildlife Disease and Population Ecology, including management of big game species and predators, habitat use and selection of big game species and predators, interactions of predators and prey, and sexual segregation and resource partitioning in ungulates, animal damage, population surveys, reptile and amphibian habitat requirements, wildlife and zoonotic diseases, and wildlife education.Key contact: Dr. Christopher DePerno

See also the Faculty Directory to learn more about individual research efforts in this unique program.