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Fish & Wildlife Sciences
Ecology and Conservation Biology program 
phone: (208) 885-6434
College of Natural Resources
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 441136
Moscow, ID 83844-1136

We design practical solutions that support critical ecological and evolutionary processes.

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What You'll Learn: Proactive and Positive Solutions

With a 12 year history at the University of Idaho, this multidisciplinary science continues to grow in size and strength attracting some of the brightest and most dedicated advocates. Our program’s success is built on unique attributes which stress the traditional hard sciences, but move beyond ecology and biology into the social sciences as well. These components are instrumental in shaping the tactics and strategies involved in education, planning and conservation efforts.

Through a rigorous academic curriculum, research work, thesis preparation, and student group and voluntary participation, you’ll learn:

  • A biological-based framework for studying organisms, including how living things function, reproduce, grow, evolve, and interact
  • An in-depth understanding of the ecology of populations, communities and ecosystems, and how each is related
  • How to accurately conduct field work to address ecological preservation, biodiversity and restoration
  • Qualitative and quantitative approaches for monitoring invasive species and other issues
  • Strategies for promoting proactive conservation solutions stressing validated scientific principles, teamwork, analytical thinking and communication
  • Conservation management best practices, landscape design principles, reserve ecology and more