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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.


M.S. research assistantship available for graduate student studying breeding bird response to woodland/savannah restoration in the Mid-South (TN, KY, NC).  Project will involve field work for two breeding season (2015 and 2016) conducting nest searching for target species, point counts, and some vegetation sampling. Four study sites are involved with travel required to each during both summers to conduct field work. Student will supervise a field crew (2-3 techs) each field season and work in close collaboration with ongoing PhD project focused on restoration activities. For more information, click HERE.

The Center for Native Grasslands Management at the University of Tennessee is in search of 3 technicians who will conduct grassland/early successional bird monitoring and nest searching beginning in late April/early May and ending in early August. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until all positions are filled. Job duties include conducting nest searches, distance-based surveys for grassland and early successional birds, vegetation sampling, and data entry. Click HERE for more information.

NEW BOOK: A 3-volume book was published recently by Springer, titled Wetland Techniques (Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3). Drs. Matt Gray, Dave Buehler, and Bill Sutton (former post-doc) of FWF were authors of two chapters: Volume 2, Chapter 7 and Volume 3, Chapter 4. Congratulations gentlemen!


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Contact Information

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

Academic inquiries:

Forestry & Wildlife Extension: 865-974-7346

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Fax: 865-974-4714

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