The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife is a part of the College of Agricultural Sciences. We are a team of scientists, students and staff devoted to the study of conservation science and natural resource management. We educate our students to think critically and evaluate problems from a strong background in basic and applied science, fundamental ecological principles, and consideration of social influences on conservation. We strive to help our students succeed through a rich program of field and laboratory coursework and personal advising.
Our student body consists of approximately 300 on-campus and 200 E-campus undergraduate students working on a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife, 50 Masters of Fisheries or Wildlife students, and 40 PhD students in Fisheries or Wildlife. Our students represent a wide range of ethnic backgrounds and are from all walks of life. Our gender balance is good with approximately 40 percent female students.
Our faculty includes 27 tenured or tenure-track faculty, 10 research faculty, 15 faculty with outreach/extension appointments, and 32 Post-doctoral Associates, Research Associates and Research Assistants. Through our close ties with state and federal agencies, we also have 38 courtesy faculty, including 4 USGS Cooperative Fisheries and Wildlife Research Unit faculty. This dynamic and internationally recognized group of scientific professionals provides a rich environment for students who seek a degree that is both scientifically rigorous and relevant to today’s natural resource issues.
Our staff and faculty also take pride in teaching, advising and public outreach. Many of our teaching faculty have received Outstanding Teaching Awards from the College of Agricultural Sciences, and are listed in the University’s Registry of Distinguished Teachers. Our advising staff provides personal attention to our students and has won awards for excellence in advising at both the college level and within professional societies. Faculty, advisors and the Department Head have an “open door” policy for students that provide a family-oriented atmosphere. Finally, we strive to provide citizens of Oregon with useful scientific information on issues such as salmon and watershed management, land-use practices and habitat restoration, and marine resource conservation.