Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology

Dr Sushma Reddy holding preserved owl in specimen collection
student Alex Franzen at microscope in fish lab
staff in waders collecting specimens from water
students learning about nets at night
researcher conducting banding on pintail ducks corralled in net cage

About 20 faculty, 40 staff, 60 graduate students, 200 undergraduates, 1200 alumni, and many friends….all working together to advance our knowledge of fisheries, wildlife, and conservation biology.

The Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology recognizes that structural and institutional barriers exist that prevent the inclusion and equal participation of people in our work. We believe that recognizing who is missing, and working to include them, is a first step to becoming a better department. Although this work is challenging, it will improve the quality of our research, enhance our science, expand our reach, and foster more effective teaching. Join us so that we reflect the society we serve.

Learn about the innovative research we're doing in the field of natural resources and conservation.

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Learn more about our program curriculum to begin a career in fisheries, wildlife, conservation biology.

FWCB Major & Minors

Our alumni make up a vast network of researchers, professionals, and leaders in natural resources.

Meet Some Department Alumni


  • Assistant Professor & Curator of Ichthyology

    September 10, 2022

    FWCB is accepting applications for a 9-month tenure-track position as ichthyologist and Curator of Fishes. We welcome applicants working in any area of ichthyology with a focus on organismal biology, fish diversity, or fish conservation.

  • President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

    August 30, 2022

    FWCB is hiring a CFANS Postdoctoral President's Fellow whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to excellence in scholarship, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity in higher education at the University of Minnesota.

  • Raised by Wolves

    March 10, 2022

    “Pups are the future of the wolf population. If we are able to know how many pups survive for the Cranberry Bay Pack and other packs across a few years, we can then start to understand average survival rates and what affects pup survival,” project member and Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology associate professor Joseph Bump said.