Wildlife ecology involves the use of scientific methods to understand how the environment influences wildlife and their populations, as well as the application of ecological research to the management and conservation of wildlife. Wildlife science makes use of a broad range of disciplines including ecology, organismal biology, ecosystem science, genetics, physiology, evolution, and quantitative methods. Wildlife Ecology doctoral minors are expected to have a general understanding of wildlife natural history, the ecology of their populations, basic research methods for studying wildlife, and current problems in wildlife management and conservation. 

Please see the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology's Graduate Study-Overview page for additional information including a form to fill out for the minor.

The Ph.D. Minor in Wildlife Ecology is designed for students who wish to receive an Option A External Minor in Wildlife Ecology to augment their Ph.D. curriculum. This minor option is not available to students pursuing a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology.

Students who elect Wildlife Ecology as a minor in their training for the doctorate will take at least 9 credits of courses. The courses will be determined by the student’s interest after consultation with the Wildlife Ecology Graduate Programs Chair.


Bowe, Scott
Burivalova, Zuzana
Chen, Min
Drake, David
Karasov, William
Kruger, Eric (chair)
Ozdogan, Mutlu
Pauli, Jonathan
Peery, M. Zach
Pidgeon, Anna
Radeloff, Volker
Ribic, Christine
Rickenbach, Mark
Rissman, Adena
Townsend, Philip
Van Deelen, Timothy
Zuckerberg, Benjamin

Affiliated Faculty

Balster, Nick (Soil Science)
Marin-Spiotta, Erika (Geography)


Berkelman, James
Nack, Jamie


Hochmuth, Allee

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