Fisheries and wildlife (FW) research in the Department of Applied Ecology spans the spectrum from fundamental studies on evolutionary strategies for habitat exploitation and predator-prey interactions to research with direct applications in the assessment and management of species and ecosystems. Most of our FW faculty research programs focus on fish, but birds and mammals are also represented. Some of these research programs have a laboratory component, but most emphasize field research at sites throughout North Carolina as well as in Costa Rica, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Russia, and elsewhere.