Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology


The Department Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology was the first in natural resources to emphasize the importance of incorporating public input and to implement two-way communications into planning and decision-making regarding wildlife policy.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology

Areas of Study

  • Animal behavior
  • Applications of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis to fish and wildlife issues
  • Applications and development of computer software
  • Aquatic ecology
  • Conservation biology
  • Conservation genetics
  • Early life history of fishes
  • Ecology and management of fishes, birds, and mammals
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Endangered species management
  • Environmental and conservation education
  • Fish and wildlife habitat management
  • Fish culture
  • Fish physiology
  • Fish systematics (salmonids and endangered fishes)
  • Fishery science and management
  • Geometric morphometrics
  • Human dimensions of wildlife management
  • Human impacts on aquatic ecosystems
  • Human-wildlife conflict management
  • Ichthyology
  • Landscape ecology
  • Molecular ecology
  • Molecular systemics
  • Pond and reservoir ecology and management
  • Population dynamics and modeling
  • Public relations and education
  • Quantitative biology and statistical analysis methodologies
  • Wildlife and recreation management on private lands
  • Wildlife management

Next Steps


Coursework, credit requirements, and more information is available in the Colorado State University general catalog. Please contact your department representative with program-related questions.

Financial Aid

Application Deadline Dates

Department Deadlines

  • The Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology graduate program accepts students throughout the academic year.