About Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences

Ecology & Management of Biological Diversity in Texas and the World


The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences aspires to preeminence among academic programs dealing with ecology, management, and conservation biology. Our faculty is dedicated to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge in conservation of biodiversity, natural resource management, and the sustainable use of natural resources. An overarching goal of the department is to facilitate the sustainability of the earth’s biota and the ecosystems on which they depend while accommodating for human health and welfare.


The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences discovers and communicates knowledge relevant to the conservation and management of wildlife and fishery resources and the ecosystems that sustain them through integrated academic instruction, research, and extension programs. We subscribe to a multidisciplinary approach that fosters interdepartmental collaboration and outreach to agencies, nonprofit organizations, and public and private interests over a wide range of natural resource topics, including environmental quality, sustainable management of natural resources, bioinformatics, and biocomplexity.


The faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences value scholarship in all its forms – discovery, integration, application, and teaching. We value understanding for its own sake, for the betterment of people, and for the conservation of the natural world. The department encourages, appreciates and rewards various forms of scholarly activity in teaching, research, extension, and public service, including integration of these activities. Diverse viewpoints, ethical consideration, and approaches to pursuing and manifesting scholarship, including constructive criticism, are accepted and nurtured.

Latest Publications

Friedrich Wolfgang Keppeler, Gustavo Hallwass and Renato Azevedo Matias Silvano. Influence of protected areas on fish assemblages and fisheries in a large tropical river. Oryx, available on CJO2016. doi:10.1017/S0030605316000247.

Shaya Honarvar, Daniel B. Fitzgerald, Chava L. Weitzman, Elizabeth M. Sinclair, Jose M. Esara Echube, Michael O’Connor, and Gail W. Hearn (2016) Assessment of Important Marine Turtle Nesting Populations on the Southern Coast of Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea. Chelonian Conservation and Biology: June 2016, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 79-89. http://dx.doi.org/10.2744/CCB-1194.1

Podocotyle nimoyi n. sp. (Digenea: Opecoelidae: Plagioporinae) and a re-description of Podocotyle pearsei Manter, 1934 from five species of deep-sea macrourids from the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. CHARLES K. BLEND, NORMAN O. DRONEN, HOWARD W. ARMSTRONG http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4117.4.3