The department was first established as the Department of Wildlife Management in 1968 and was renamed the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in 1970. In 2009, the department added aquaculture to the name to acknowledge the ongoing research, teaching and outreach provided to this important industry in Mississippi.
Faculty and staff of the Department train future fish and wildlife professionals; conduct regional, national and international research; and provide education for citizens and landowners concerning fish, wildlife, and ecosystem management. Our faculty and staff exhibit a diverse array of skills and expertise and include wildlife, fisheries, and aquaculture scientists; extension specialists in fisheries, aquatic biology, aquaculture, conservation education, and habitat management on private lands; and federal wildlife and fisheries scientists in the USGS Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit.
The Department also has cooperative associations with USDA APHIS Wildlife Services; Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks; and the USDI Fish and Wildlife Service. In addition, the department has specialized research laboratories and centers that focus on agricultural ecology, carnivore ecology, human-wildlife conflicts, human dimensions, and deer ecology and management.
Following the land grant mission, wildlife research in our department is founded on a vision for sustainable and responsible use of wildlife resources and their habitats. Our faculty and students work in systems from natural to urban environments in Mississippi and abroad, with particular emphasis on intensively managed semi-natural landscapes. With expertise in ecological phenomena ranging in scale from microcosms to broad geographic extents, we are committed to research that is both scientifically novel and socioeconomically valuable.
Our department represents a diverse combination of skills and approaches from empirical field studies to statistical and computational advancements furthering our understanding of wildlife ecology and management in a rapidly changing world. Learn more about our faculty and their research in the faculty directory.
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P.O. Box 9690
Mississippi State, MS 39762-9690
Room 205A Thompson Hall