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Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Celebrates 50 Years of Excellence in Conservation Education

Nestled in the shadows of the Great Smoky Mountains, our University is located in an ideal setting for your study in natural resources, forestry, recreation, wildlife, fisheries, forest products, and the environment. Our vision is to be recognized nationally and internationally as a premier university research, teaching and outreach department focusing on the natural resource disciplines.  As the flagship natural resource program in Tennessee, we will be known for our leadership, and our ability to address the needs of the state, the region and beyond. Our mission is to advance the science and sustainable management of natural resources to promote their health, utilization, and appreciation in Tennessee, the region and beyond through programs in teaching, research and extension.

We invite you to review our programs and to consider becoming part of our team. Our curricula are focused on a mastery learning approach, emphasizing practical,  hands-on experiences in the field of study. For example, both our undergraduate Forestry and Wildlife and Fisheries Science degrees include an intensive fall camp program that tend to be the highlight of our students’ academic experience. Placement information for all of our academic programs can be found here.

Again, welcome. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information, or to arrange a campus visit.


Dr. Michael Pelton Listed as One of 100 Most Influential People in the History of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, The Great Smoky Mountains Association selected 100 heroes of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Michael Pelton, Professor Emeritus, Wildlife Science, Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries was named as one of those honorees. Dr. Pelton and his graduate students completed over 50 research projects on 10 species of larger mammals in the park, including the river otter, coyote, red wolf, European wild hog, raccoon, and white-tailed deer, spanning 40 years from 1968-2008. The primary species was the American black bear, now the longest continuous research study of any bear species in the world. He and his graduate students completed 34 studies on black bears in the park, ranging from food habits and winter denning to movements and population dynamics. Congratulations, Dr. Pelton, and thank you for your contributions.

Dr. David Mercker, UT Extension Forestrer, Wins Award

Each year, the National Woodland Owners Association (NWOA) and National Association of University Forest Resource Programs (NAUFRP) work together to recognize outstanding forest education programs at universities around the country. This year, our own Dr. David Mercker was awarded in the individual program category. His program, Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods, is currently in its 12th year with a goal to reach and educate private woodland owners about sustainable forest management through field day events. Congratulations, Dr. Mercker!

Congratulations to Faculty Fulbright Winners

Joseph Bozell, FWF Professor affiliated with the Center for Renewable Carbon, was named a 2015–2016 Fulbright Scholar and spent five months (September 2015–January 2016) working with Professor Christian Stevens at Ghent University in Ghent, Belgium. His work included efforts to improve processes for converting renewable building blocks into high value chemicals, working with students in Professor Stevens’ group, and developing new opportunities for joint US/EU research proposals. In April 2016, Professor Bozell was named as a Fulbright Specialist, supporting a program that offers short term, on-site expertise in research development and teaching to universities worldwide.

Tim Young, also a FWF Professor affiliated with the Center for Renewable Carbon, was awarded global Fulbright Specialist status in Agricultural Statistics for a five-year term starting in summer of 2016. He was awarded an assignment at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences where he will lead three courses: Introduction to Statistics with Industrial Applications, Design of Experiments, and Process Development for Forest Products Manufacture.


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Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries
274 Ellington Plant Sci. Bldg.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-4563

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