Ecology & Management of Biological Diversity in Texas and the World
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences aspires to preeminence among academic programs dealing with ecology, management, and conservation biology. Our faculty is dedicated to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge in conservation of biodiversity, natural resource management, and the sustainable use of natural resources. An overarching goal of the department is to facilitate the sustainability of the earth’s biota and the ecosystems on which they depend while accommodating for human health and welfare.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences discovers and communicates knowledge relevant to the conservation and management of wildlife and fishery resources and the ecosystems that sustain them through integrated academic instruction, research, and extension programs. We subscribe to a multidisciplinary approach that fosters interdepartmental collaboration and outreach to agencies, nonprofit organizations, and public and private interests over a wide range of natural resource topics, including environmental quality, sustainable management of natural resources, bioinformatics, biocomplexity and environmental quality. We intertwine innovative research and extension endeavors with high-level teaching of undergraduate and graduate students, who represent the next generation land stewards and conservation professionals. We also extend the university to the general public to relate research results in a meaningful way that can be understood and implemented to make positive impacts on natural systems.
The faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences value scholarship in all its forms – discovery, integration, application, and teaching. We value understanding for its own sake, for the betterment of people, and for the conservation of the natural world. The department encourages, appreciates and rewards various forms of scholarly activity in teaching, research, extension, and public service, including integration of these activities. Diverse viewpoints, ethical consideration, and approaches to pursuing and manifesting scholarship, including constructive criticism, are accepted and nurtured.
WFSC faculty, staff, and students all support and adhere to the Aggie Code of Conduct
Lopez, Roel R., Michael L. Morrison, and Israel D. Parker. Applied Wildlife Habitat Management. Texas A&M University Press, 2017.
Hurtado LA, De La Rosa-Reyna X, Mateos M, Shaver DJ, Metz R, Thiltges J, Hill J, Reyes-Lopez MA, Johnson C. 2016. Thousands of SNPs in the critically endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) revealed by ddRAD-seq: opportunities for previously elusive conservation genetics research. Gulf of Mexico Science 33 (2): 214-218. http://goms.disl.org/images/goms-33-02-214.pdf
Fitzgerald, D. B., Winemiller, K. O., Sabaj Pérez, M. H. and Sousa, L. M. (2017), Using trophic structure to reveal patterns of trait-based community assembly across niche dimensions. Functional Ecology. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12838
J.R.S. Vitule, A.A. Agostinho, V.M. Azevedo-Santos, V.S. Daga, W.R.T. Darwall, D.B. Fitzgerald, F.A. Frehse, D.J. Hoeinghaus, D.P. Lima-Junior, A.L.B. Magalhães, M.L. Orsi, A.A. Padial, F.M. Pelicice, M. Petrere Jr., P.S. Pompeu, K.O. Winemiller We need better understanding about functional diversity and vulnerability of tropical freshwater fishes Biodiversity and Conservation. March 2017, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 757–762
EVALUATION OF FISH AND INVERTEBRATE ASSEMBLAGES ASSOCIATED WITH TORPEDOGRASS (Panicum repens) IN LAKE CONROE, MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TEXAS. A Thesis by CHRISTOPHER MATTHEW MYNATT. Submitted to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies of Texas A&M University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE. December 2016. Major Subject: Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences