What is wildlife ecology and management?
Wildlife ecology and management is the study of animal populations in the context of land management decisions. If you have a love for working outdoors and an interest in the ecology and sustainable management of wildlife habitats, you are encouraged to scroll down and learn more about the wildlife management and ecology program in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Tech.
What will I learn?
Find your niche with a program that emphasizes professional development, fieldwork, teamwork, leadership and communication, preparing you to meet contemporary environmental problems head-on. You will build strong working relationships with your professors and peers while gaining a diverse, hands-on technical background in wildlife ecology and management by
- assessing environmental conditions of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in the Keweenaw Peninsula, bordered by Lake Superior and blanketed with forest and wetlands;
- managing wildlife populations and making land management decisions for wildlife habitat maintenance and protection of ecosystem composition; and
- working your skills and knowledge to find summer jobs after only your first year of classes.
Where do wildlife ecologists and managers find jobs?
Graduates of the wildlife ecology and management program have found employment with the US Forest Service, the National Park Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, consulting firms, and state agencies involved in the management of natural resources.
- Many graduates pursue advanced academic degrees
- Learn about careers in wildlife ecology and management
- Read what our wildlife management and ecology graduates say about their careers
What sets our program apart?
We are a learning community strongly rooted in both academia and industry. With a faculty that has been ranked first nationally in scholarly productivity, a 5,500-acre educational and research forest, strong connections to industry leaders and employers, and accreditation by the Society of American Foresters, the School is at the pinnacle of forest-resource higher education and research. In our enriching environment, students have many unique opportunities to cultivate their professional and personal development, including
- Capstone—hands-on management of forestland
- The FERM—student Enterprise that provides advanced instruction in key forest-management tools, techniques, and technology
- Integrated Field Practicum (Fall Camp)—unique experience that blends classroom study with hands-on, field-based learning opportunities and skills acquisition
- TreeHouse—residential learning community for first-year students who share a hall with others in their major
- Otter River Cabin—log cabin in the heart of the wilderness where you can relax and socialize with other students
- Advance instruction in ecosystem restoration, communications, biotechnology, and cutting-edge science