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See how PWS Professor Matt Madsen is helping restore scorched landscapes after devastating wildfires

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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PWS News
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"Brigham Young University Landscape Management professor Greg Jolley has the energy and passion of a man doing exactly what he was meant to be doing - in exactly the place he was meant to do it. "
- Robin Roenker, Lawn & Landscapes Magazine October 2019
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August 22, 2019 09:18 AM
A group of BYU researchers may have found a way to reverse falling crop yields caused by increasingly salty farmlands throughout the world.
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July 18, 2019 10:44 PM
Nitrogen pollution from human fertilizer and fossil fuels affects two-thirds of freshwater bodies worldwide and causes billions of dollars of damage to fisheries and ecosystems annually. It triggers harmful algal blooms and dead zones where only worms and bacteria can survive.
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June 10, 2019 10:00 PM
New study finds texbook depictions need to be updated to show human impact
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February 03, 2019 10:00 PM
Nitrogen pollution from human fertilizer and fossil fuels affects two-thirds of freshwater bodies worldwide and causes billions of dollars of damage to fisheries and ecosystems annually. It triggers harmful algal blooms and dead zones where only worms and bacteria can survive.
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October 11, 2018 10:00 PM
Greater sage grouse is an indicator of healthy western ecosystems
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