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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.

  • Alumna Earns Prestigious Scholarship for Study Abroad

    Published on November 19, 2017

    Clara Lepard, who worked in the Department's Research on the Ecology of Carnivores and their Prey Lab, has earned a Rhodes Scholarship to continue her research on the Snares to Wares Initiative at Oxford University.

  • Herbert Kasozi

    MSU doctoral student named Russell E. Train fellow

    Published on November 7, 2017

    Herbert Kasozi, a doctoral student in the Research on the Ecology of Carnivores and their Prey (RECaP) Laboratory in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, was named one of 24 Russell E. Train fellows by the World Wildlife Foundation.

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Dec 18

Janet Hsiao MS Defense

December 18, 2017 2:30PM - 3:30PM at the Manly Miles Building, Room 105

Janet Hsiao will defend her Master of Science thesis entitled "Characterizing spatial linkages between inland and coastal habitats for improved conservation in Maui, Hawaii". Her major advisor is Dr. Dana Infante.

Dec 19

Jennifer Smith MS Defense

December 19, 2017 9:00AM - 10:00AM at the Natural Resources Building, Room 1

Jennifer Smith will defend her Master of Science thesis entitled "Context matters for black bears: evaluating spatially-explicit density estimators and trade-offs in resource selection". Her major advisor is Dr. David Williams.

Feb 16

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife GSO Symposium

February 16, 2018 8:00AM - 8:30PM

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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