Clemson Graduate School

Clemson Graduate School

Wildlife & Fisheries Biology (PhD)

General Information

Degrees Offered


Research areas include landscape ecology, conservation biology, wildlife ecology and management, aquatic and wetland ecology, forest ecology and management, human-wildlife conflicts, and wildlife/environmental toxicology. Recent research projects have examined aquatic and terrestrial ecotoxicology; stream and wetland landscape ecology; ecology, conservation, and management of coastal and marine wildlife; disturbance impacts on forest communities; and GIS applications for forest, wildlife, and watershed management.

Students pursue integrated field, remote sensing, and modeling studies incorporating population and habitat assessment, marking and tracking techniques including radio telemetry, collection of toxicological and water quality data, statistical modeling, and GIS. Most funded research is applied in that it directly addresses integrated social, economic, and ecological issues, but much basic research is also conducted. Programs of study are designed to meet individual student interests and needs but generally emphasize relationships among wild plants and animals and their changing environments.

Students may become certified by The Wildlife Society by taking the appropriate courses.

For additional information and before applying, please go to our Prospective Student Page. We strongly recommend that you contact prospective advisors prior to applying.

About the Program

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Robert Baldwin)

Application Requirements

Required Documents

Submit all documents electronically through the online application.

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Robert Baldwin)

Financial Aid

To see the proposed Graduate Tuition Rates for this academic year, click here.

Students applying to the doctoral program in WFB will not be admitted without the offer of a research assitantship provided by the major advisor from grant funding sources. Go to for details on identifying WFB faculty members who have positions available.

Course of Study

Program of Study

The PhD requirements consist of 30 credits beyond the MS or 60 beyond the BS.  Course requirements will be specified by your advisory committee. The program generally lasts three to five years. In addition to the final oral exam, PhD students must pass a comprehensive exam at the end of the second year.

Current Program


Excellent GIS, computer, chemical analysis and biotechnology facilities are available to graduate students in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. The 17,500-acre Clemson Experimental Forest surrounds the campus and offers opportunities for field research. In addition, students may work with six faculty members who are located at the Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science in Georgetown, South Carolina. At the Baruch Institute, opportunities exist for research at the Hobcaw Barony, a 17,000-acre undisturbed ecological reserve of forests, high-salinity marsh estuaries and brackish and freshwater marshes. Research opportunities for graduate students are enhanced by cooperative programs with the US Forest Service Southern Research Station, USGS Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Units at Clemson, the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Waddell Mariculture Center and the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement Eastern Wildlife Program.

Program Coordinator

Additional Contact

  • Tammy Morton
  • 171 Poole Agricultural Center
  • Phone: (864) 656.4964
  • Email:

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