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Institute of Wildlife Biology and Game Management

Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Biol. Dr.rer.nat. Klaus Hackländer

Mission Statement

The Institute of Wildlife Biology and Game Management (IWJ) at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) is studying and teaching the ecology and management of wildlife and its habitats. This includes predominantly mammals and birds which are in focus of different stakeholder (hunting, fisheries, nature conservation, tourism, agriculture, forestry, water management, land use planning, etc.), such as game, endangered and protected species, neozoa or recovering species and wildlife with a high conflict potential. Beside basic research on habitat choice, feeding ecology or population dynamics the institute pays attention to applied aspects related to practice (such as monitoring concepts, management plans, sustainable hunting, prevention of damage caused by wildlife). In the field of teachings, IWJ coordinates the Master Program “Wildlife Ecology and Wildlife Management” and the post-graduate study "Game Manager". Moreover, students can achieve various certifications which are accepted to get the hunting licence in Austria. Fields of research and lectures of IWJ provide an attractive offer to students from various universities from Austria and abroad, and are the basis for numerous inter- and transdisciplinary collaborations, both national and international.

Statistik Austria, science classification

Animal ecology
Behavioural biology
Biodiversity research
Climate change
Ecosystem research
Evolutionary research
Forest ecology
Forest protection
Game management
Landscape planning
Nature conservation
Sustainable agriculture
Wildlife management
Wildlife science

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