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Zoology Wildlife Conservation

The Graduate Field of Zoology & Wildlife Conservation integrates two broad fields of biology: animal biology and conservation biology. Opportunities exist for study and research in comparative and functional anatomy, developmental biology, and comparative and experimental embryology. The survival of threatened and endangered species requires innovative and integrative ideas and approaches to wildlife conservation, and our faculty are those innovators – conservation studies focus on individual animals, species, and ecosystems.


As the Field of Zoology & Wildlife Conservation is a member of the Biological & Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (BBS), applicants should follow the BBS application guidelines.  ZWC requires two (2) letters of recommendation for an applicant to the Field.

Zoology & Wildlife Conservation students also have an opportunity for collaboration with The Smithsonian's National Zoo Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI).  If you are interested in this Joint Graduate Training Program (JGTP), please indicate in your personal statement that you wish to be considered for the JGTP and also list SCBI staff and Cornell faculty whom you are interested in working with. See the Program Overview for more information.
A complete list of SCBI Staff can be found online HERE
Also note Jennifer Nagashima is a recent graduate of the JGTP between Cornell University and SCBI.


Warren Allmon

Macroevolution; paleoecology; molluscan systematics

Andrew Bass

Comparative and functional anatomy

William Bemis

Comparative vertebrate anatomist chiefly interested in the evolution of bony and cartilaginous fishes

Dwight Bowman
Nematode and protozoan biology; taxonomy; systemic biology

Adam Boyko
Canine genomics, including understanding the mechanisms and consequences of inbreeding; drift and adaptation in populations undergoing natural and artificial selection

Janine L. Brown

Reproductive and stress physiology/ endocrinology

*Primary affiliation Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Elizabeth Buckles
How diseases of animals impact them on an individual and population level; conservation medicine

Yung-Fu Chang
Mechanisms of infection, particularly leptospira and salmonella

Christopher Clark
Evolution and adaptive significance of acoustic signaling behaviors in animals with particular emphasis on marine mammals

Pierre Comizzoli

Reproductive physiology; fertility preservation and control for rare and endangered species; assisted reproductive techniques; cryobiology of gametes and reproductive tissues; biostabilization

*Primary affiliation Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Paul Curtis
Animal behavior; population ecology; reproductive biology

Martin Gilbert
Conservation impacts of wild carnivore health

Brian Gratwicke

Conservation biologist focusing on developing actions to mitigate the threat of an amphibian fungal disease called chytridiomycosis

*Primary affiliation Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Matthew Hare
Population and conservation genetics of marine organisms; invasion biology; phylogeography and host-parasite co-evolution

Catherine Harvell

Invertebrate zoology; evolution of invertebrate life histories; colonial invertebrates

John Hermanson
Comparative and functional morphology; muscle development, structure, and function

Holger Klinck

Amy McCune
Ichthyology; morphology; systematics; development and evolution; paleobiology

Hussni Mohammed
Epidemiology of infectious diseases; quantitative and analytical epidemiology; epidemiological risk assessment and analysis; veterinary public health and food safety; production medicine

Steve Osofsky
The Wildlife Health & Health Policy Group's focus is on the conservation of free-ranging wildlife, as well as on the deeply intertwined relationships among sustainable conservation, system resilience, economic development, and human health and well-being – all as underpinned by environmental stewardship

Ned Place

Mammalian reproductive biology with a focus on the life history of trade-offs associated with timing of hormone secretion and reproductive effort; sexual differentiation

Budhan Pukazhenthi

Comparative reproductive biology; assisted reproductive technologies; wildlife conservation

*Primary affiliation Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Krysten Schuler

Wildlife conservation; infectious diseases; population medicine and epidemiology; One Health

Vimal Selvaraj
Mammalian reproductive physiology; stem cells; technologies for wildlife conservation

Nucharin Songsasen

Reproductive biology; cyrobiology; wildlife conservation

*Primary affiliation Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Alexander Travis

Reproductive biology focusing on sperm and spermatogonial stem cells; wildlife conservation through approaches integrating studies of animals, humans, and the environments they share

David Winkler
Evolutionary and behavioral ecology; ornithology

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