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Health of Utah's Deer Herd 2022

KSL Outdoors captured PWS Professor Brock McMillan and his students researching the health of Utah's Mule Deer population.

The Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation program at BYU is designed to help students become qualified for natural resource management jobs. Students are required to complete a core block of major courses that cover the basic principles of wildlife, plants, soils and ecology. They also choose at least fifteen credits of elective major courses to increase training in their specific areas of interest.

What Topics do Students Study in Wildlife & Wildlands Conservation?

Newborn Fawn Research: Why Are Deer Populations Declining?

Plant & Wildlife Sciences News

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Bunches of Oats: BYU professors untangle oat's evolutionary history for Nature paper

June 13, 2022 06:00 AM
For the first time, researchers have sequenced the entire genome of a modern oat, the Swedish variety “Sang.” BYU plant and wildlife sciences professors Jeff Maughan and Rick Jellen played an important role in the international project, sequencing the genomes of two of oat’s ancient progenitors to elucidate its evolutionary history. The group’s findings were recently published as the cover article in top science journal Nature.
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BYU earns No. 1 Overall ‘Seed’ in Landscaping Championship; Brings title back to home turf

March 25, 2022 12:03 PM
This past week BYU took home its fourth-consecutive National Collegiate Landscape Title, a championship that means BYU is once again best in the land for taking care of land… and water and rocks and trees and shrubs.




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State-funded BYU study finds elk move when hunting season starts — and it's causing problems

February 16, 2022 06:00 AM
Research from BYU wildlife sciences professors finds that when hunting season starts, elk in Utah move off of public lands — where they can be hunted — and onto private lands — where they cannot be hunted. And then, when hunting season is over, they shift right back to public lands.



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BYU researchers sequenced the quinoa genome. Now they’re introducing hybrids of the crop to developing nations

January 11, 2022 09:49 AM
As soils across the world become less fertile and more desert-like due to climate change, it’s getting harder for farmers, especially those in developing nations, to grow basic life-preserving crops such as corn, wheat and rice.
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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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