Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology
Since its inception in 1935, the Wildlife Ecology Program at the University of Maine has developed a tradition of excellence in the graduate-level training of wildlife professionals. In recent years, our program also has broadened to be part of interdisciplinary programs in Conservation Biology and Ecology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Maine.
The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Wildlife Ecology and a non-thesis degree, the Master of Wildlife Conservation (M.W.C). The M.W.C. degree is appropriate for practicing natural resource professionals who wish to update their education, international students who want to be exposed to a U.S. perspective on wildlife conservation, and students who have an outstanding academic record, but who lack a background in biological sciences. A broad range of ecosystems, modern laboratory facilities, and a diversified staff provide excellent opportunities for graduate study in wildlife ecology.
- Emphasis is placed on detailed studies of wildlife species and the habitats in which they live.
- Research may be conducted in such areas as terrestrial and aquatic ecology, fisheries, physiology, behavior, population dynamics, resource management, and the influence of environmental disturbances.
- The department is home to federal biologists with the U.S. Geological Survey, Maine Cooperative Fisheries and Wildlife Research Unit; these scientists have faculty appointments and advise graduate students.
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