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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.


Ph.D. research assistantship available for graduate student studying native grass forage production.  Project will involve field work for three summers (2016-2018) at three Tennessee locations (East Tennessee, Highland Rim, and Middle Tennessee Research and Education Centers). Work will involve experiments focused on use of a summer nurse crop to improve reliability/profitability of establishment of switchgrass and big bluestem and on exploring basic nutrient management guidelines in grazing and hay production scenarios. Click HERE for more information.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region is recognizing Dr. Joe Clark for his commitment and dedication to fish and wildlife conservation by presenting him with the 2013-2014 Regional Director's Conservation Award on December 8th. This award is presented to partners who have made extraordinary contributions to the conservation of natural resources in the Southeast Region. Congratulations Dr. Clark!

NEW BOOK: "Ranaviruses: Lethal Pathogens of Ecothermic Vertebrates" was edited by Dr. Matt Gray, and is the first book on ranaviruses — a deadly emerging pathogen that kills amphibians, reptiles and fish. Dr. Gray and Dr. Deb Miller (Director of the UTIA Center for Wildlife Heath) authored several chapters in the book. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Bozell for being selected as a Fulbright Scholar this year! He will be spending approximately August 2015 through January 2016 at the University of Ghent (Belgium) working on new catalytic methods for converting biomass to chemicals with Professor Christian Stevens.

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

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Forestry & Wildlife Extension: 865-974-7346

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