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Wildlife Sciences

Michel Kohl checks a wildlife camera

Research topics in the wildlife sciences area focus on the biological, ecological, and managerial aspects of wildlife populations. Our wildlife faculty are active in a variety of graduate teaching and research areas, including:

  • Population dynamics
  • Community ecology
  • Physiology and nutrition
  • Behavioral ecology
  • Wildlife diseases and population health
  • Habitat management
  • Nongame and endangered species
  • Urban wildlife management
  • Wildlife damage management
  • Conservation biology
  • Biometrics
  • Game management
  • Human dimensions of wildlife
  • Invasive species
  • Quantitative wildlife ecology
  • Wildlife population genetics

Graduate Degrees in Wildlife Sciences

The graduate program in Wildlife Science is designed to provide a strong background in the biological, ecological, and managerial aspects of the wildlife profession. Federal cooperative research and service units in the Warnell School bring additional adjunct faculty to the graduate wildlife program from the U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Several wildlife faculty have collaborative teaching and research relationships with other academic units on campus, such as the Odum School of Ecology, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study at the College of Veterinary Medicine. These associations provide opportunities for interdisciplinary research projects.

CURRICULUM

Wildlife Science can be pursued under the MNR, MS, and PhD degree programs. Course requirements are at the discretion of major professors.

 

QUESTIONS?

For general questions about pursuing a graduate degree at Warnell, contact a member of the graduate team:

Dr. Jacek Siry, Graduate Coordinator
Office: 4-501
Phone: 706-542-3060

Kate deDufour, Graduate Program Administrator
Office: 1-217
Phone: 706-542-1183

Shira Hersonsky, Graduate Administrative Assistant
Office: 1-217
Phone: 706-542-1183

Prospective students should also contact faculty members for questions specific to this disciplinary area. Please check faculty members’ personal pages for information about their individual research interests and projects to ensure that you are contacting the most relevant ones.

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Personnel

My research focuses on the ecology and management of deer species, primarily white-tailed deer.  I and my students conduct studies aimed at improving deer population management, guiding science-driven management by state and federal agencies, mitigation of deer-human conflicts, and enhancing…

I am a landscape ecologist and am interested in studying patterns across landscapes. I apply spatial data and modeling techniques to ecological and social systems to measure patterns and processes and to explore the interactions between coupled natural and human systems. I explore landscape…

I am interested in all aspects of wildlife disease, particularly how pathogens affect wildlife populations, communities and ecosystems and primarily with an applied perspective. I have and will continue to conduct research that attempts to understand how anthropogenic changes to the landscape…

Community and ecosystem ecology, restoration ecology, dryland vegetation dynamics, social-ecological systems, pastoralism in Africa, Georgia coastal salt marshes, resilience, sustainability science

My research generally focuses on wildlife spatial ecology, the fitness consequences of spatial behaviors, and the implications of those behaviors for the conservation and management of wildlife. Under this umbrella, most of my previous research has focused on developing a better understanding of…

Dr. Maerz is broadly interested in animal ecology, evolution and conservation management. Much of his research focuses on the effects of terrestrial and aquatic environmental change, particularly the effects of nonnative species invasions, land use, and climate, on the ecology of amphibians and…

In my lab we do research within and across three broad themes: landscape ecology and management, gamebird ecology and management, and sustainable agriculture and forestry. Birds and insects are the common taxa studied--a lot of quail work! We typical work in managed ecosystems where food, fiber…

Research focuses on human dimensions aspects of wild pigs; management and economic impact of wild pigs; nuisance wildlife management, natural history and ecology of woodrats (Allegheny and Key Largo); and,  inventory and monitoring of mammals.

Management and Impact of Wild Pigs

structured decision making adaptive management decision theory optimization modeling of natural resource systems sampling and estimation of wildlife populations

Spatial patterns in fish and wildlife populations GIS tools for natural resource decision-making We apply spatial theory and technology to a broad range of ecological and management problems
Conservation of wildlife, habitat and ecosystem services on private lands Risks and benefits associated with the live animal trade Economic valuation

My research focuses on the application of genetic tools to inform management and conservation. Much of this work has addressed knowledge gaps in marine turtle life history. Marine turtle populations are defined based on female natal homing, but the scale of this homing behavior is often…

Wildlife Diseases, Zoonotic Diseases, Parasitology, Vector-borne pathogens

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