WELCOME to the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University.  We strongly believe that our natural resources and environment are vital to our future, thus the faculty, staff and students in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife strive to meet the global challenges that threaten the sustainability of our ecosystems. We empower our students and our stakeholders with the knowledge needed to ensure our natural heritage and a high quality of life. We accomplish this through our renowned and distinguished education, research and outreach programs.

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife has been serving the needs of MSU,
Michigan, the U.S. and the globe for the past 65 years!

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Who will make a difference for the rivers, the lakes, the land?
For the fish, the wildlife, the environment?

Become a part of making this difference.
Become a part of our Fisheries and Wildlife family today!



The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife offers a Bachelor of Science degree with 6 concentrations: Conservation Biology; Fisheries Biology and Management; Wildlife Biology and Management; Water Science; Fish and Wildlife Disease Ecology and Management; and PreVeterinary Medicine.

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The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife offers both Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs, with focus areas in Wildlife Ecology and Management; Limnology; Fisheries Science and Management; Conservation Biology; Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Management; Ecological Genetics and Physiology; and Biometry and Ecological Modeling.

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  • Student fountain challenge kicks off in concert with Water Moves MSU

    The 2016 Stockholm Water Prize recipient Joan Rose has issued a challenge to Michigan State University students: Design a water fountain that does more than serves up fresh, clean water.


  • Pandas aren’t out of woods yet—in fact, forest wisdom even more critical

    Panda in a forest

    When it comes to understanding how giant pandas pick habitat, researchers get a much better picture by watching their whole journey, not just the potty breaks.

    Vanessa Hull, a research associate at Michigan State University’s Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability spent two years working in the relatively uncharted waters of tracking wild pandas fitted with GPS collars. In the Sept. 14 edition of the journal PLoS ONE, she and colleagues fill in the gaps of understanding how pandas spend their days.


  • Cabelas gives grant to Gourmet Gone Wild via Michigan United Conservation Club

    Gourmet Gone Wild

    The Michigan United Conservation Club (MUCC) has been awarded a $147,500 grant by the Cabela’s Outdoor Fund for its Gourmet Gone Wild program.


  • MSU researchers, DNR partner in one of the largest forest diversity studies in the nation

    From left, professor Mike Walters, doctoral student Catherine Henry and off-campus labor aide Evan Farinosi.

    College of Agriculture and Natural Resources researchers Mike Walters, Department of Forestry, and Gary Roloff, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, are teaming up to study ways to increase sustainability and diversity of Michigan’s valuable northern hardwood forests.

    The study is one of the largest in the country, with Walters and Roloff examining almost 150 30-acre forest stands on public and private land in the Upper and Lower peninsulas.


  • 28 Demmer Scholars intern in Washington, D.C.

    Demmer Scholars at the U.S. Supreme Court with Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan

    There is no more exciting time to be in our nation’s capital than in a presidential election year.  This summer, a select group of students from Michigan State, Mississippi State and other universities are studying the intricacies of federal policymaking while working full-time in Washington, D.C.


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  • Date: October 26, 2016
    Location: 338 Natural Resources Building

    The MSU Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Student Organization welcomes Dr. Maarten Vonhof of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at Western Michigan University.  Dr. Vonhof will present a seminar entitled” Superspreaders and spillovers: The dynamics of within- and cross-species transmission of bat parasites.”

  • Date: November 2, 2016
    Location: 338 Natural Resources Building

    The MSU Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Student Organization welcomes Dr. Jessica Hellman, director of the Institute on the Environment, and the Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Professor of Ecology, Evoluation and Behavior at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Hellman will be presenting a seminar entitled: “The science, uncertainty and controversy of managing biodiversity under climate change.”

  • Date: November 9, 2016
    Location: 338 Natural Resources Building

    The MSU Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Student Organization welcomes Dr. Tom Hrabik, associate professor at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Dr. Hrabik will present a seminar entitled “Food web ecology in the offshore waters of Lake Superior.”

  • Date: November 12, 2016
    Location: MSU Pavilion

    41st Annual AutumnFest

    MSU Pavilion for Agriculture & Livestock Education

    3.5 hours before the kickoff of the MSU vs. Rutgers football game. 

    For more information visit the AutumnFest website at http://www.canr.msu.edu/alumni_donors/alumni/autumnfest


  • Date: December 16, 2016
    Location: Breslin Student Events Center, 534 Birch Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824

    The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Advanced Degree Commencement Ceremony for students graduating in Fall 2016 will be held in the Breslin Center at 3:30 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 16. Construction Management, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture students will recieve their degrees as a part of this ceremony.

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