About the Department

students with a net The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology offers programs that lead to undergraduate and graduate degrees in Wildlife Ecology. Our program began in 1935 and now covers the wide breadth of wildlife science including wildlife ecology and biology, conservation biology, and wildlife management. Undergraduates also can focus on individual interests such as fisheries, management of rare and endangered species, forestry, environmental education, and many other areas. Our graduate students pursue research on a wide variety of ecological and conservation issues in Maine, the nation, and internationally. Students in our program also benefit from the many other programs in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture that offer programs in the areas of ecology, biology, marine science, environmental science, forestry, and natural resource management and policy.

students at graduationThe Department has 8 University faculty, about 25 graduate students, and averages 180 undergraduates. There also are two federal biologists with the U.S. Geological Survey on the faculty. The U.S.G.S. faculty are part of the Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, which brings together the University of Maine, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to foster wildlife research and graduate education.

Nutting HallThe Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology is located in Nutting Hall on the University of Maine campus along with the School of Forest Resources, and the Ecology and Environmental Sciences Program.  The University of Maine is the flagship campus in the University of Maine system and the state’s principal research and graduate institution. The campus is located in north-central Maine in the town of Orono – just north of Bangor. The University is close to a diverse array of natural areas; including the Atlantic coast, the northern mountains, the most extensive forests in the northeast, and many lakes and rivers.