About Us

The students and faculty in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology (FWCB) study the biology and ecology of some of the most interesting and diverse organisms and ecosystems in the world. We hope you will take the time to explore our website and learn more anout all of the areas in which we work and teach!

The mission of FWCB is to foster a high quality natural environment by contributing to the management, protection, and sustainable use of fisheries and wildlife resources through teaching, research, and outreach. Our goals are to respond to societal needs for information and education pertaining to the conservation of our natural resources and to ensure excellent teaching, research, and outreach programs. FWCB is one of 12 academic departments in  the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.

Our history and our future are built on a foundation which includes:


  • Strong commitment to a conservation ethic and conservation of biodiversity at scales ranging from genomes to landscapes,student holding piping plover chick
  • An understanding of the interface between aquatic and terrestrial ecology,
  • Analysis of populations, communities, and ecosystems through computer modeling and Geographical Information Systems (GIS),
  • Application of physiological, genetic, and behavioral research to fish and wildlife management,
  • Strong emphasis on fish, avian, and large mammal conservation and ecology,
  • Global perspective enhanced by research and study abroad,
  • Active extension programs with a focus on citizen-science,
  • U.S. Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit, fully integrated into the department,
  • Strong undergraduate and graduate programs.


The FWCB Department Office is located in 135 Skok Hall, 2003 Upper Buford Circle, Saint Paul Campus. Click here for a campus map.