Wildlife Ecology and Management


The School’s research scientists conduct studies on a vast array of wildlife species and their habitats in order to further develop the knowledge base for sound, science-driven management and conservation of wildlife resources.  Through the support of numerous contracts and grants from state, federal, and non-governmental and private organization, our research programs incorporate both basic and applied research to address many of the contemporary wildlife conservation and management issues facing natural resource professionals, policy makers, and landowners in Alabama, the Southeast region, and the United States.  From popular and economically important game species such as white-tailed deer to the restoration of rare of unique habitats and the use of cutting edge field techniques, our nationally recognized team of faculty, graduate student, and undergraduate student researchers have lead the way providing the best available science to further the conservation of our Nation’s valuable wildlife resources.


Current Research


Deer Lab

Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Alabama Gap Analysis Project

Steury Lab: Wildlife Ecology Research

Tick and Tick-Borne Illness Research




Jim Armstrong

Steve Ditchkoff

Robert Gitzen

Barry Grand

Gary Hepp

Conor McGowan

Mark Smith

Todd Steury

Graduate student Tim Neuman and undergraduate student Clayton Glassey in action at AU's Deer Lab (http://deerlab.auburn.edu/). This project is led by Dr. Stephen Ditchkoff.

Wildlife Ecology & Management graduate student Jennifer Price, describing her research in three minutes, as prepared for the 3-Minute Thesis competition.

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