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Wildlife Ecology and Conservation department

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation department

Graduate Program Overview

Dr. Jim Austin
Graduate Coordinator

The Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation offers a breadth of graduate programs that are designed to prepare students for professional employment in conservation of natural resources in a changing world. WEC faculty teach, conduct research, and provide service and extension in the following areas: avian ecology, behavioral ecology, community ecology, conservation biology, conservation education, conservation genetics, ecosystem management, environmental interpretation, habitat restoration, herpetofaunal ecology, human dimensions of wildlife management, international conservation, introduced species, landscape ecology, mammalian behavior, marine mammal ecology, plant ecology, population biology, range ecology, systems ecology, tropical conservation, urban wildlife relations, wetlands ecology, wildlife diseases, and wildlife management.

This diversity of faculty expertise attracts and maintains a population of about 100 graduate students, who are enrolled about equally in M.S. and Ph.D. programs.

WEC offers M.S. and PhD. Degrees in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation.  WEC faculty also partner with the School of Natural Resources and the Environment (SNRE) to offer graduate degrees in Interdisciplinary Ecology (IE).  Please see the SNRE website (  for admission information to the IE degrees.