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For BYU Ph.D. graduate Steve Bates, the popular tune “Home on the Range” hits close to home.

PWS Mission:


Supporting the BYU mission to assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life, the Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences strives to enlighten individuals regarding the natural world and to improve his/her own relationship with natural resources, genetic resources, and the environment. To succeed in this mission, the department will:

  • Provide an active learning environment where individuals develop skills and knowledge and work in interdisciplinary teams to solve complex problems;
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate students in cutting-edge research, leading to impactful publications and to graduates of character that serve others throughout their lives;
  • Provide experiences, examples, and perspectives that promote a global perspective, develop faith and character, and inspire sustainable action.
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April 18, 2021 09:29 PM
For BYU Ph.D. graduate Steve Bates, the popular tune “Home on the Range” hits close to home. Since 1999, Bates has worked as the wildlife manager at Antelope Island State Park in Utah, and he knows a thing or two about the land “where the buffalo roam.” He’s accustomed to the dazzling sunrises and picturesque settings the island offers – and he’s dedicated much of his life to researching, preserving and protecting the wildlife living there.
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October 14, 2020 09:34 AM
Catastrophic fires in the West are burning hotter than ever, leaving paths of destruction through both human development and native plant ecosystems. Seed coating technology from BYU is helping restore native plant systems.
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Dr. St Clair was awarded the Karl G. Maeser Research and Creative Arts Award during University Conference Week.
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May 06, 2020 10:08 PM
“When I saw it, bells and whistles went off in my head; I sat there for two or three minutes quite stunned at its beauty,” said Mikel Stevens, a professor of plant and wildlife sciences. “It’s extremely rare. If I were to put numbers on this, I would put the chance of finding it as one in millions.”
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March 12, 2020 09:03 AM
On the ground observation finds 55% of dens are missed
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