Zoology and Wildlife Conservation

2014-15 Tuition

$20,800

Application deadlines

Fall, Dec. 1

Requirements summary

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • two recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • resume/CV required for current DVMs seeking Ph.D. admission
The M.S. degree is retained as an exit degree only for students who are unable to complete the Ph.D. program. The Field does not accept applications to the M.S. program.

Degrees

  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • Zoology (Ph.D.)

Major concentrations

  • animal cytology
  • comparative and functional anatomy
  • developmental biology
  • ecology
  • histology
  • wildlife conservation

Opportunities exist for study and research in many phases of zoology, particularly in the descriptive and experimental aspects of the vertebrate anatomy, with emphasis on comparative and functional approaches; developmental biology, with emphasis on comparative and experimental embryology; invertebrate zoology; and vertebrate zoology.

The field does not have a language requirement, but proficiency in one or more foreign languages may be required by the student's Special Committee.

Application:
The field accepts qualified students interested in a broad, interdisciplinary program leading to the Ph.D. degree; applicants seeking a terminal M.S. degree are not usually accepted. All applicants should have the equivalent of an undergraduate major in biology, with some foundation in the particular phase of zoology they desire to pursue, and should have taken courses in calculus, elementary physics, and organic chemistry. Applicants must submit scores on the GRE general test and on the GRE subject test in biology.

Warren Allmon -- Concentrations: comparative and functional anatomy; Research interests: macroevolution; paleoecology; molluscan systematics
Dwight Bowman -- Concentrations: comparative and functional anatomy; ecology; wildlife conservation; Research interests: nematode and protozoan biology; taxonomy; systemic biology
Elizabeth Buckles -- Concentrations: comparative and functional anatomy; histology; ecology; wildlife conservation; Research interests: how diseases of animals impact them on an individual and population level; conservation medicine
Yung-Fu Chang -- Concentrations: ecology; wildlife conservation; Research interests: mechanisms of infection, particularly leptospira and salmonella
Christopher Clark -- Concentrations: ecology; Research interests: evolution and adaptive significance of acoustic signaling behaviors in animals with particular emphasis on marine mammals
Pierre Comizzoli -- Concentrations: developmental biology; wildlife conservation; Research interests: reproductive physiology; fertility preservation and control for rare and endatngered species; assisted reproductive techniques; cryobiology of gametes and reproductive tissues; biostabilization
Paul Curtis -- Concentrations: ecology; wildlife conservation; Research interests: animal behavior; population ecology; reproductive biology
Joanne Fortune -- Concentrations: developmental biology; wildlife conservation; Research interests: reproductive biology/endocrinology, particularly the development and function of ovarian follicles. The current focus is the formation of ovarian follicles and their transition from the resting stage (primordial follicle) to the growing stage. We have developed, and are currently using, in vitro models to study the regulation of these early stages of follicular development in bovine ovaries
Catherine Harvell -- Concentrations: comparative and functional anatomy; Research interests: invertebrate zoology; evolution of invertebrate life histories; colonial invertebrates
John Hermanson -- Concentrations: comparative and functional anatomy; histology; wildlife conservation; Research interests: comparative and functional morphology; muscle development, structure, and function
George Kollias -- Concentrations: comparative and functional anatomy; ecology; wildlife conservation; Research interests: wildlife health and pathobiology
Amy McCune -- Concentrations: comparative and functional anatomy; Research interests: ichthyology; morphology; systematics; development and evolution; paleobiology
Hussni Mohammed -- Concentrations: ecology; Research interests: epidemiology of infectious diseases; quantitative and analytical epidemiology; epidemiological risk assessment and analysis; veterinary public health and food safety; production medicine
Drew Noden -- Concentrations: animal cytology; comparative and functional anatomy; histology; ecology; developmental biology; Research interests: mechanisms of vertebrate craniofacial development; neuroembryology
Ned Place -- Concentrations: comparative and functional anatomy; ecology; developmental biology; wildlife conservation; Research interests: mammalian reproductive biology with a focus on the life history of trade-offs associated with timing of hormone secretion and reproductive effort; sexual differentiation
Budhan Pukazhenthi -- Concentrations: developmental biology; wildlife conservation; Research interests: Comparative Reproductive Biology; Assisted Reproductive Technologies; Wildlife Conservation
Vimal Selvaraj -- Concentrations: animal cytology; wildlife conservation; Research interests: mammalian reproductive physiology; stem cells; technologies for wildlife conservation
Nucharin Songsasen -- Concentrations: developmental biology; wildlife conservation; Research interests: reproductive biology; cyrobiology; wildlife conservation
Susan Suarez -- Concentrations: animal cytology; comparative and functional anatomy; histology; developmental biology; Research interests: sperm motility, regulation, and transport in the female reproductive tract
Alexander Travis -- Concentrations: ecology; developmental biology; wildlife conservation; Research interests: reproductive biology focusing on sperm and spermatogonial stem cells; wildlife conservation through approaches integrating studies of animals, humans, and the environments they share
David Winkler -- Concentrations: comparative and functional anatomy; ecology; Research interests: evolutionary and behavioral ecology; ornithology

Graduate School Learning Outcomes

Background

Zoology & Wlidlife Conservation is one of five graduate fields associated with the Biological & Biomedical Sciences (BBS) Graduate Program. As an umbrella program, the BBS fosters an atmosphere of collaboration, focusing on the interface between scientific research and clinical practice as well as a commitment to animal and human health. The Graduate Fields associated with the BBS Program share a set of values and expectations in the training of PhD students. Our goal is to maximize the effectiveness of the Fields while maintaining their unique identities and structures. The following graduate fields are members of the BBS Graduate Program:

  • Comparative Biomedical Science
  • Immunology & Infectious Disease
  • Molecular & Integrative Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Zoology & Wildlife Conservation

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