About Fish & Wildlife Conservation

Department Head’s Message

Virginia Tech’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation has long been recognized as one of the premier university fish and wildlife programs in the world.  We are pleased to maintain that reputation, even as we look forward to addressing the most pressing new challenges in fish and wildlife conservation.  Our mission is…

To be a center of excellence in teaching, research and outreach in a comprehensive program of fish and wildlife conservation, ranging from management of exploited populations to conservation of imperiled species at state, national and international levels.

We focus on conservation of natural, free-ranging populations of fish and wildlife and our expertise is wide-ranging, including behavioral ecology, population dynamics, physiology, ecotoxicology, disease ecology, human-wildlife conflicts, human dimensions of natural resource conservation, marine ecology and habitat-population interactions.  Our wildlife faculty work with a wide variety of animals, from salamanders and turtles to bats, squirrels, shore birds, raptors, game birds, deer and large predators such as coyotes, bears and tigers.  Our fisheries faculty also display diverse research interests, ranging from endangered Roanoke log perch and nongame fish communities to large game fish such as muskellunge and blue catfish.  We also have one of the world’s leading programs in conservation aquaculture for imperiled freshwater mussels.  Our work occurs in Virginia, throughout the United States and in many countries around the world, including Mexico, Belize, Brazil, Indonesia, Botswana, Ghana, and Madagascar.

Our students are highly sought after by graduate programs and employers seeking to fill professional positions; our alumni work in nearly every state and many foreign countries.  We are proud of our program and we welcome further inquiries.
For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Steve L. McMullin
Interim Department Head


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