Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology (Ph.D.)


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.

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