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Graduate Programs

Graduate programs related to natural resources at the University of Minnesota rely on the expertise of faculty from many departments. Graduate students advised by FWCB faculty often pursue M.S. or PhD. Degrees in Conservation Biology (including the Fisheries and Aquatic Biology track), Natural Resources Science and Management (including the Wildlife Ecology and Management track), Water Resources Science, Ecology/Evolution/Behavior. Our faculty also advise in many other graduate programs, specific to their interests, including Applied Plant Sciences, Neuroscience, Public Health, Development Studies

Conservation Biology The Conservation Biology (CB) Graduate Program at the University of Minnesota has two complementary missions. The first is to provide students with sound graduate training in the biological sciences relevant to the conservation of plants, animals and ecosystems on a global basis. The second is to expose students to the social, political and economic sciences that relate to both the recognition and solution of conservation problems. The overall aim of this interdisciplinary program is to educate students who will understand the causes of conservation problems and will be well prepared to develop sound solutions or approaches to these problems that are likely to be acted upon or implemented.

Fisheries and Aquatic Biology (track within Conservation Biology). Specialized coursework and research experience leading to expertise in fisheries or aquatic biology. Combined with a typical undergraduate degree in biology or natural resource science, careful selection of courses in the graduate program will satisfy the educational requirements for professional certification by the American Fisheries Society.

Wildlife Ecology and Management (track within Natural Resources Science and Management). The Wildlife Ecology and Management track is designed for students interested in working with leaders in ecology, physiology, evolution, genetics, statistics, computer science, forestry, natural resource policy, and the social sciences as they relate to fisheries, wildlife, and conservation biology.

Water Resources Science Through WRS, students develop the breadth of scientific knowledge appropriate to understand the complicated aquatic ecosystems and watersheds on which they will work, as well as social dimensions of the topic, including the public policy and legal frameworks in which water resources are protected and managed.

Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior The program provides broad training in the general areas of ecology, evolution, and animal behavior, and specialized courses and research in vertebrate and invertebrate zoology; behavior and ethology; evolution; population genetics; molecular evolution; systematics; population, community and ecosystem ecology; global ecology, limnology, paleoecology, ecology of vegetation, and theoretical ecology.


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Graduate Contacts

Conservation Biology
Francie Cuthbert
Karen Oberhauser

Fisheries & Aquatic Biology
Ray Newman-

Natural Resources Science & Management
Mike Kilgore

Water Resources Science
Toni Wheeler

Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
Sarah Hobbie