Conservation Sciences program select 2 students one each from MS and PhD for “An outstanding student of the year” award. The selection is based on research publications, conference presentations, and participation in conservation outreach programs. These information were derived from annual student reviews submitted by the students and approved by their advisors. This year's Outstanding Student of the Year Award Winners are 1)  Carli Wagner, M.S. and 2) Thomas Gable, Ph.D.
Conservation Sciences students Tarciso Leao, Diele Lobo, and Lorraine Scotson published their written preliminary exam paper "Economic and Biological Conditions Influence the Sustainability of Harvest of Wild Animals and Plants in Developing Countries" in Ecological Economics. Volume 140, October 2017, Pages 14–21.
Sean Keogh was awarded the Moos Graduate Research Fellowship in Aquatic Biology for his work on species delineation freshwater mussels! 
Julia Leone and Mike Verhoeven were awarded 2017 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

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