Research in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife reaches back to 1935 when Oregon State College established the Department of Fish, Game and Fur Animal Management. The name changed to its current form in 1964 as the mission broadened from management of a few species to the conservation of many.
Faculty and students study and share what they learn from cell to ecosystem with a focus on how natural systems are influenced by human activities. The goal is to provide people with knowledge for making informed decisions on issues of conservation, sustainable use and ecosystem restoration.
In honor of OSU150, the department created the 150 Species Sustained project. This online catalog includes more than 150 creatures from aardvarks to zebrafish. In each case, OSU researchers have made a major contribution to a policy, management decision or conservation plan contributing to the species’ sustainability.