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UMW Students Wild for Smithsonian Endangered Species Program

June 4, 2021 - Liliana Ramirez and Madelyn “Maddie” Lichter know that residence hall life can be a bit like living in…

SMSC analyzes genomes to support conservation

April 20, 2021 - Black-footed ferrets were once thought to be extinct, until a small population was discovered in Wyoming in 1981.…

SMSC shows innovation is key

June 24, 2020 - Outside their dorms, students at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) have visual access to rare and endangered…

SMSC alumn Maya Prestipino helps preserve American ginseng with help of Smithsonian

January 14, 2020 - American ginseng has been nicknamed “green gold” for good reason. The root that grows wild across the Appalachian…

SMSC Alum Presents Research at the 2019 American Society of Mammalogists Meeting

August 23, 2019 - Congratulations to Fall 2018 alum Jamie Jenkins (née Fetherolf), who shared her fantastic research at the 99th annual…

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