MS in Wildlife Biology & Conservation

The MS degree in Wildlife Biology & Conservation provides students with an advanced education in the biology of animals that includes the physiology of organisms; the interactions among populations and communities of animals, plants, people and their environment; and the principles of monitoring and managing animals and their habitats.

UAF is the only university in Alaska that offers a graduate program in Wildlife Biology and Conservation. In addition to the MS degree in Wildlife Biology, we also offer a PhD in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Wildlife Biology and Conservation. Our program focuses on the biology and management of wild animals, which complements other programs at UAF on freshwater and marine fishes and the management of natural resources (forestry and agriculture).

The Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (hosted by the Institute of Arctic Biology) provides research opportunities for graduate students and summer employment opportunities for undergraduates as research technicians.

Graduates of our program are employed at state and federal agencies such as the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and National Park Service, as well as with native corporations (e.g., Tanana Valley Chiefs) and environmental consulting firms (e.g., LGL, Inc and ABR, Inc), and in academia.

Graduate student A. Martinez snowshoes to her study site
Photo by Knut Kielland