The Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Center uses scientific research techniques to better understand wildlife and fish populations, the habitats they require, and interactions with human society in our shared landscape. Its scientists promote sustainable management solutions for wildlife issues. Some of the critical issues that current projects are addressing include; wildlife and fish conservation in populated areas, rare species and threatened habitats, the changing climate, and the consequences of contaminants in the environment.

Best Presentation at TWS

Congratulations to Andrew Stillman, a PhD student in EEB, for best student paper at The Wildlife Society Conference


Evaluating management units with genetic tools

Dr. Nathan found that patch area and catchment area were the best predictors of Brook Trout genetic diversity


Multiple stressors and Polar Bear health

Cytokines, TINY immune-signaling proteins, can be used to assess the health of polar bears, the LARGEST living bear species.

Brown Trout using thermal refuges

Summer use of thermal refuges by Brown Trout in the Housatonic River, CT is common, yet necessary, for survival during most years. We are launching an investigation into exactly how these refuges are used and what that means for Brown Trout populations now and into the future.


Bobcats: the ‘unseen’ cat in your backyard

How can a secretive predator live near millions of people? There are many parts to this question and the CT Bobcat Project was initiated to enhance our understanding of how bobcats live in close proximity to people.

Harvesting trees within wetlands!?!?

Forest managers have nearly stopped harvesting trees within wetlands, because large equipment damages wetlands soils and water quality. It’s a conservation success story. Yet- are these forested wetlands healthy?

Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Center 

Department of Natural Resources and the Environment University of Connecticut 1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4087

Tracy.Rittenhouse@uconn.edu | (860) 486-5042
Partners
DEEP Wildlife
DEEP Inland Fisheries
CT Agricultural Experimental Station

Photographers
Dennis Quinn, Milton Levin, Tom Koerner, Cameron Faustman, John Charles