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WELCOME to the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University.  We strongly believe that our natural resources and environment are vital to our future, thus the faculty, staff and students in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife strive to meet the global challenges that threaten the sustainability of our ecosystems. We empower our students and our stakeholders with the knowledge needed to ensure our natural heritage and a high quality of life. We accomplish this through our renowned and distinguished education, research and outreach programs.

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  • Graduate Student's Research Featured by The Wildlife Society

    Published on December 7, 2017

    Ph.D. student Kathryn Frens was recently awarded 3rd place in the presentation category at The Wildlife Society's Annual Conference. She is studying how urbanization can affect the biodiversity of bird communities.

  • Taylor honored as leadership innovator

    Published on December 6, 2017

    Distinguished Professor William Taylor was honored in November by MSU's Great Lakes Leadership Academy (GLLA) for his role in a successful program to support emerging natural resource leaders.

  • Master's student receives Knauss Fellowship

    Published on November 29, 2017

    Fisheries and Wildlife Master’s student Janet Hsiao has accepted a Sea Grant Fellowship in the NOAA Office of Oceanic & Atmospheric Research in Silver Springs, MD.

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Jan 17

GSO Workshop - Diversity and Inclusion

January 17, 2018 3:30PM - 4:30PM at the Natural Resources Building, Room 338

Dionardo Pizaña, diversity and personnel specialist at MSU Extension, will conduct a workshop on diversity and inclusion for MSU graduate students.

Jan 31

GSO Seminar- Dr. Lenore Fahrig

January 31, 2018 3:30PM - 4:30PM at the Natural Resources Building, Room 338

Dr. Lenone Fahrig, Professor at Carleton University, will join us by video to present a seminar entitled "Forty years of bias in habitat fragmentation research".

Feb 7

GSO Seminar - Dr. Thomas Raffel

February 7, 2018 3:30PM - 4:30PM at the Natural Resources Building, Room 338

Dr. Thomas Raffel, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Oakland University, will present a seminar entitled "A metabolic theory approach to the thermal biology of parasitism".

Feb 14

GSO Seminar - Dr. Elise Zipkin

February 14, 2018 3:30PM - 4:30PM at the Natural Resources Building, Room 338

Dr. Elise Zipkin, Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology at Michigan State University, will present a seminar entitled "Improving conservation management with inferences from multiple data sources".

Feb 16

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife GSO Symposium

February 16, 2018 8:00AM - 8:30PM at the MSU Union

This free event features the research of Fisheries and Wildlife undergraduates and graduates, as well as a keynote presentation. This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Roger Nisbet from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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