Wildlife

The Wildlife Major prepares students for professional careers in wildlife research, management, and education. Students apply biological, ecological, economic and social knowledge to develop and administer wildlife management plans. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science and will meet the educational requirements to earn, with professional experience, certification as a Wildlife Biologist which is administered by The Wildlife Society.

Gain valuable field experience through our practicums:

What do you do?​
As wildlife biologist, you are charged with protecting and enhancing wildlife populations and habitats. You work across all ecosystems from forests and fields to urban areas. You collect data on the number and species of wi​ldlife and other organisms and the physical world, analyze food webs and food availability, estimate the impacts of changing habitat conditions, and develop and implement management plans that increase the sustainability of these communities.

For more wildlife resources including instructional extension publications and videos view: Purdue Extension - Forestry and Natural Resources and the FNR YouTube Playlist.

Opportunities

Office of the Registrar Catalog

Choose what works best for you!

The FNR Office of Student Services is open from 8 am to noon and 1 to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, except on University holidays.

Tami Conn
Tami Conn, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 765-494-3591
Email: tconn@purdue.edu

Casey Doten
Casey Doten, Alumni Relations
Scholarship & Awards Coordinator
Phone: 765-494-0428
Email: cdoten@purdue.edu

Dr. Barny Dunning
Barny Dunning
Professor & Director OSS
Phone: 765-494-3565
Email: jdunning@purdue.edu

Jackie Getzin
Jackie Getson, Interim Graduate
Program Coordinator (Current Students),
Research Associate & Outreach Coordinator
Phone: 765-496-7406
Email: jgetson@purdue.edu

Megan Gunn
Megan Gunn, Recruitment and
Outreach Specialist
Phone: 765-494-7477
Email: mlgunn@purdue.edu

Maria Leatherwood
Maria Leatherwood
Sr. Academic Advisor and Interim Graduate
Program Coordinator (Prospective Students)
Phone: 765-496-4819
Email: meleathe@purdue.edu

Julie Pluimer
Julie Pluimer, Sr. Academic Advisor &
Administrative Manager
Phone: 765-494-3629
Email: jpluimer@purdue.edu

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See our undergraduates

Nearshore southern Lake Michigan coastline during sunset.
Research Looks at Changes in Lake Michigan Nearshore Fish Assemblage

How has the nearshore fish assemblage in Lake Michigan changed over the last 40 years and what...

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Sophomore wildlife major Emma Johnson holding a bald eagle skull, presenting her Anyone Can Bird program for the first time at Vega State Park.
FNR Field Report: Emma Johnson

Emma Johnson, a sophomore wildlife major from Luray, Virginia, had a two-fold internship as an...

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A bobcat in Indiana
Researchers Develop Tools to Assess Habitat Selection, Suitability for Bobcats

Former postdoctoral researcher Landon Jones along with Drs. Rod Swihart and Pat Zollner and...

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Hackberry leaves
Intro to Trees of Indiana: Hackberry

Meet the hackberry or Celtis occidentalis. This species is easily identified by its lopsided,...

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Leaves of a sweetgum tree
Intro to Trees of Indiana: Sweetgum

Meet sweetgum or Liquidambar styraciflua. This species is easily identified by its leaves, which...

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Wednesdays in the Wild Tour group in the woods at Stephens Forest
FNR Brings Wednesdays in the Wild to Stephens Forest

Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources student interns and staff participated in the Wednesdays in...

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