The U of MN Conservation Sciences program is hosting the 5th annual Research Spotlight Fundraiser! on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 5:00-7:00pm in the Cargill Building on the St. Paul campus.

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)  Joshua Poole, M.S. and 2) Hannah Specht, 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.

Conservation Sciences student, Ami Thompson searches for elusive dragonfly nymphs in a frozen pond. Check out this cool video on her research.

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). The NCFDD is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community of faculty members, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students. Graduate students are invited to register under the auspices of our institutional membership at

Annie Bracey (Ph.D.) and Melaney Dunne (M.S.)

The name change represents the program's multidisciplinary approach for biodiversity conservation and natural resources management, crucial for well-being of the natural earth and it's inhabitants. A new Conservation Science Track was added to provides structure and oversight for students interested in the interface of population, species, and ecosystem biology with disciplines of social sciences, education, economics. The Fisheries and Aquatic Biology Track focuses on conservation and management of fisheries and aquatic systems.