The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture is comprehensive and dynamic, meeting the changing needs in natural resources teaching, research, outreach, and extension throughout Mississippi and beyond. The department was first established as the Department of Wildlife Management in 1968 and was renamed the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in 1970. In 2009, the department added aquaculture to the name to due to research, extension and teaching needs for development and support of this important industry in Mississippi.
Faculty and staff of the Department train future fish and wildlife professionals, conduct regional, national and international research, and provide education for citizens and landowners concerning fish, wildlife, and ecosystem management. Our faculty and staff exhibit a diverse array of skills and expertise and include wildlife, fisheries, and aquaculture scientists; extension specialists in fisheries, aquatic biology, aquaculture, conservation education, and habitat management on private lands; and federal wildlife and fisheries scientists in the USGS Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit.
The Department also has cooperative associations with USDA APHIS Wildlife Services, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, and the USDI Fish and Wildlife Service. In addition, the department has specialized research laboratories and centers that focus on agricultural ecology, carnivore ecology, human-wildlife conflicts, human dimensions, and deer ecology and management.
The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture
Mississippi State, MS 39762-9690
Room 205A Thompson Hall
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