Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology

students learning about nets at night
staff in waders collecting specimens from water
Dr Sushma Reddy holding preserved owl in specimen collection
student Alex Franzen at microscope in fish lab
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.

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

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  • 2024 Spring Spotlight Event: Thursday, May 2, 2024

    April 12, 2024

    2024 Spring Spotlight - You're Invited! 

    The Spring Spotlight will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2024 in St. Paul Student Center, Larson Gallery. Light appetizers and refreshments will be served. 

    Come along and help us to celebrate these exceptional talents and minds! 

    • Social hour with appetizers & refreshments 
    • Silent auction 
    • Student posters 
    • Student and alumni awards
    • Distinguished Faculty lecture

    If you are unable to attend in person, please consider a donation for the Conservation Sciences Graduate Program!

    Make a gift

  • 2023 Kolshorn Lecture: Thursday, November 16, 2023

    October 13, 2023

    Please join us for the 2023 Kolshorn Lecture featuring Dr. Karen Lips!

    Thursday, November 16 in 105 Cargill Building


  • Conservation Sciences Seminar Series

    October 4, 2023

    The Conservation Sciences Seminar Series is on for the Fall 2023 semester!

    Please join us on Fridays at Noon beginning on September 15, 2023.