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.
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Jin, Bin-Song, Kirk O. Winemiller, Bo Shao, Ji-Ke Si, Jie-Fengo Jin, Gang Ge. (2019) Fish assemblage structure in relation to seasonal environmental variation in sub-lakes of the Poyang Lake floodplain, China, Fisheries Management and Ecology, https://doi.org/10.1111/fme.12333.
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Cisneros-Mata, Miguel, Adrian Munguia-Vega, Demetrio Rodriguez-Felix, Eugenio Alberto Aragon-Noriega, Jose Manuel Grijalva-Chon, Jose Alfredo Arreola-Lizarraga and Luis A. Hurtado. (2018) Genetic diversity and metapopulation structure of the brown swimming crab (Callinectes bellicosus) along the coast of Sonora, Mexico: Implications for fisheries management, Fisheries Research, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2018.11.021.
Winemiller, Kirk O., Donald C. Taphorn, Leslie C. Kelso-Winemiller, Edwin O. Lopez-Delgado*, Friedrich W. Keppeler* and Carmen G. Montana. (2018) Fish metacommunity structure in Cano Maraca, an important nursery habitat in the Western Llanos of Venezuela, Neotropical Ichthyology, 16(4) e180074.