FWC Candidate Seminars

Candidate CVs and itineraries (must login with your VT pid and password)

Master's Defense Seminar
December 13 (Th) | 9:00 am (Refreshments at 8:30 am) | Cheatham Hall RM 317 B/C |
Lara Mengak
Building a Comprehensive Understanding of Disturbance Mitigation in Migrating Shorebirds

Master's Defense Seminar
December 17 (M) | 9:00 am (Refreshments at 8:30 am) | Fralin Auditorium |
Mary Sketch
Human Dimensions of Habitat Conservation on Western Agricultural Lands: Engaging Producers in the Conservation Conversation

Congratulations to the TWS quiz bowl team for taking home second place at the National TWS Conference! Way to go, Emily Reasor, Tim Calhoun, Garrett Rhyne, Meaghan Klinker, and Allison Leipold!

Wildlife conservation major Michael Geary was elected as chief of the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad for a second year. Congrats Michael!

Three fish conservation students receive three of nine 2018 Shimano/B.A.S.S. Nation College Scholarships! Congratulations to Cantley Krafft, Hunter Hatcher, and Stephen Stang.

Congratulations to graduate students Brian Case and Corbin Hilling, who earned graduate research fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Virginia Sea Grant, respectively!

Deirdre Conroy awarded a Udall Undergraduate Scholarship-Congrats to Deirdre.

Our Programs

We offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Fish and Wildlife Conservation with majors in Fish Conservation or Wildlife Conservation. At the graduate level we offer a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in Fish and Wildlife Conservation. All of our programs stress experiential learning and development of mentoring relationships between faculty and students.


There are a number of scholarships available for students within the department and college. Most scholarships have need-based and/or merit-based restrictions with varying award amounts.


To learn more about our graduate study options, check out our faculty research and available assistantships.



Dana Keith
Assistant to Department Head
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Cheatham Hall, RM100, Virginia Tech
310 West Campus Drive (MC0321)
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: (540) 231-5573
Fax: (540) 231-7580


Dr. Sarah Karpanty 
Graduate Program Coordinator 

Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Cheatham Hall, RM150, Virginia Tech
310 West Campus Drive (MC0321)
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: (540) 231-4586
Fax: (540) 231-7580


Stephanie Hart, Director
The Advising Center
Cheatham Hall, RM138, Virginia Tech
310 West Campus Drive (MC0321)
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: (540) 231-5482 Email: