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An ancestry made of agave


PWS doctoral student Hector Ortiz revisits his roots to cultivate an alternative crop during times of drought.

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.

Graduate Resources

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Resources

PWS News

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A megafire induced over a century’s worth of erosion near Utah Lake — but there’s more to the story, say BYU scientists

October 22, 2021 06:00 AM
In burned watersheds where the wildfire had consumed stabilizing vegetation and leaf litter, the rain had caused massive erosion. There was a 2,000-fold increase in sediment flux compared to unburned areas, creating a plume of ash and soil moving into Utah Lake that was visible from space.
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Ph.D. Graduate Shares His Passion for the Outdoors with the Next Generation of Students

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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Fighting fire with seeds: BYU restoring scorched landscapes after devastating wildfires

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 Receives University Award

Dr. St Clair was awarded the Karl G. Maeser Research and Creative Arts Award during University Conference Week.
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BYU professor discovers new wildflower, working to make it widely available

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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