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The mission of the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation is to foster education, expand knowledge, and reward scholarship, using multi-disciplinary approaches, for the purpose of understanding, managing, and conserving biological resources. The primary goal of our teaching, research, and extension programs is to develop and communicate the knowledge necessary for enhancing the conservation and management of wildlife and their habitats for the greatest aesthetic, ecological, economic, and recreational values.

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UF student remembered for work, love of life

Photo Courtesy of The AlligatorFor Courtney Tye, work wasn't just a job — it was her passion.

"She had a love of life and the outdoors, birds and animals, and she's just always a joy to the people around her," said Barry, her husband. "We're gonna miss her."

Tye, a Gainesville native, passed away due to complications during childbirth Saturday. She was 30.

Her friends, family and coworkers praised the UF graduate student and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wildlife biologist for her dedication not only to the environment but also the creatures that live in it.

Tye's work with fox squirrels, an imperiled species, contributed greatly to management plans for the species' benefit. She even set up an online database in which anyone in Florida can report a fox squirrel sighting to help keep track of the species.

Tye made an impression on people, too.

"Courtney was a bright spot in our agency," said Nick Wiley, executive director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Tye started as a laboratory field assistant about eight years ago and quickly worked her way through the ranks.

"She was immediately seen as someone we wanted deep in the program," Wiley said. "She was definitely passionate about what she did."

Tye was also completing graduate work for a master's degree, said Bill Giuliano, a professor in UF's Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation.

"She was one of the hardest working and most dedicated in the field," said Giuliano, who taught and advised Tye.

Her legacy will carry on through her newborn son, Carter Wayne.

A memorial fund has been started to support Carter's education at In the few days since the fund's establishment, donors have given more than $14,000.

Article from The Alligator.

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at University of Florida is recruiting 5 students to begin the program in June 2014. The DDCSP at UF will provide undergraduate students with training and mentored research activities in conservation biology and other disciplines relevant to land, water and wildlife conservation. The program is seeking students with an interest in the environment and conservation, who are also committed to increasing the diversity of students and professionals in the conservation field. Students accepted into the program will engage in two summers of paid research and agency internships, work alongside conservation researchers and professionals in outdoors-based research in or near Florida, attend workshops and conferences, and build a network of professional contacts and friendships that will last a lifetime.

If you are planning to graduate in Spring 2016 or later, and are interested in the environment, diversity, conservation, and research, please apply! Applications are due on February 15 and are available at: or by emailing

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