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!

Watch what we do…

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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  • Patricia Sorrano named Beal Outstanding Faculty Award winner

    Patricia Soranno

    Each year, William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award winners are honored for a comprehensive and sustained record of scholarly excellence in research and/or creative activities, instruction and outreach. The William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Awards are supported by the Office of University Development.

    This year, Patricia Sorrano, a professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, was recognized as a Beal Outstanding Faculty Award Winner. 

  • Hendrick recommended as new College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Dean at MSU

    Ronald L. Hendrick

    Ronald L. Hendrick will be recommended as dean of Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. If approved by the MSU Board of Trustees, Hendrick’s appointment will be effective July 1, 2016.


  • NSF grant advances research on how predators help crops in fruit-growing areas

    MSU integrative biology graduate student Megan Shave with a nestling American kestrel banded in Leelanau County

    MSU Associate Professor Catherine Lindell is one of 16 recipients of grants totaling more than $20 million made in 2015 by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) program for research on how humans and the environment interact.

    Lindell and two MSU colleagues, in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources —Philip H. Howard, associate professor of community sustainability, and Brian Maurer, associate professor of fisheries and wildlife and of geography—received a three-year, $498,650 grant to investigate whether predatory bird populations, in this case American kestrels, increase when researchers provide nest boxes in fruit-growing regions and whether these predators reduce crop damage.


  • Spartans fight crime on multiple fronts in extraordinary ways

    As MSU researchers, investigators, advocates, teachers, mentors, scientists and engineers, they battle illegal animal trade in Africa, work to prevent sexual assault in communities across the United States, analyze crime scenes and curb urban youth violence.

  • MSU research associate receives postdoctoral fellowship

    Michigan State University (MSU) research associate Nina Lany was named a 2015 Arnold O. Beckman postdoctoral fellow by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. She is the sole recipient at MSU.

    Lany’s work in the MSU departments of Fisheries and Wildlife and Forestry centers on climate change. The grant will fund her research, titled “Improving Predictions of Climate Change Effects on Ecological Communities with Ecological Complexity.”


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  • ANR Week

    Date: March 5, 2016 - March 12, 2016
    Location: MSU Campus

    Michigan State University and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources extends a cordial welcome to visitors to Agriculture and Natural Resources Week. The nation’s pioneer land-grant college was founded more than 150 years ago, guided by a philosophy to serve all the people of the state, an idea that still prevails in 2016.

  • University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum

    Date: April 8, 2016
    Location: MSU Union

    Registration is now open for UURAF, the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum.  UURAF is an opportunity for students to showcase their scholarship and creative activity to the University community in a conference-like venue. Students present their work to faculty judges in an oral, poster, or performance presentation.

    Students need to register by Friday, Feb. 19 at 11:59 PM. Registration and other detailed information can be found here: www.urca.msu.edu/uuraf

  • AutumnFest

    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


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