Ph.D. in Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management
Our Doctor of Philosophy degree is designed primarily for students pursuing an academic or research career in ecology and/or natural resource management, with an emphasis in wildlife, fisheries, rangelands, or human dimensions and policy. This program trains scientists broadly in the field of wildlife biology, fisheries ecology, population biology, wildlife conservation and related fields. We aim to emphasize the discovery and dissemination of knowledge that enhances biodiversity conservation, informs natural resource management, and the sustainable use of natural resources.
A unique aspect of this program is the flexibility for students to tailor their education and research interests through focusing their curriculum around one of our subject matter areas to include, the study of vertebrates, invertebrates, plants, natural resource systems, wildlife and fisheries, aquaculture, biodiversity and systematics, conservation education, and the human dimensions and policy efforts in natural resource and environmental management. Research in these fields is supported by our disciplinary expertise in autecology and synecology, evolutionary biology, resource sociology, animal behavior, physiology, animal diseases and parasitology, bioenergetics, nutrition, genetics, and systems analysis, and modeling. Although much of the research program is without geographic bounds, the more site-specific aspects of the program focus on Texas, Mexico, and the neotropics.