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WELCOME to the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. We strongly believe that natural resources and environment are vital to the future of humanity. The faculty, staff and students in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife strive to meet the global challenges that threaten the sustainability of Earth’s ecosystems. Through our renowned and distinguished education, research, and outreach programs, we empower students and stakeholders with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to safeguard our natural heritage and promote quality of life for all.

Who will make a difference for the rivers, the lakes, the land?

For the fish, the wildlife, the environment?




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    Gary Roloff: Increasing academic opportunities

    Published on September 25, 2020

    Gary Roloff, professor in the Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, sees diversity, equity and inclusion as critical to developing effective leaders in STEM.

  • Headshot of Jill Cruth

    Jill Cruth: Creating a sense of belonging

    Published on September 25, 2020

    Jill Cruth, academic program coordinator in the Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, is committed to making students feel welcome and offering personal and professional support.

  • Tourists visiting captive giant pandas in southwestern China

    New method adds and subtracts for sustainability’s true measure

    Published on September 17, 2020

    Sustainability scientists at MSU find policies governing wildlife trade and tourism sometimes have more success than intended to achieve some of the UN SDGs. Yet in some cases those paths have created roadblocks and detours to success.

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