Faculty in the UC Davis Department of Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Biology were recently ranked #1 in the nation for research productivity and impact in a comprehensive analysis of 33 research extensive universities in the United States belonging to the National Association of University Fisheries and Wildlife Programs. The study, conducted by Robert Swihart and colleagues at Purdue University published in May 2016 in the journal PLoS One, examined 8 widely-used metrics of scholarly output for 437 tenure-track faculty, including the number of scientific publications produced and scientific impact as measured by the number of times papers had been cited. The study corrected for factors such as academic age (time since Ph.D.), sex, percentage of appointment devoted to research, and the sub-disciplinary research focus. It provides the first and most comprehensive performance benchmark for researchers in the field of wildlife and fisheries. Nine faculty in the Department of Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Biology were considered in the analysis and the department was ranked first among a prestigious group of comparable universities, including Cornell, Purdue, Colorado State, Wisconsin, Georgia, Auburn, Texas A&M, and many others. The study notes that UC Davis, in addition to having the best median ranking across the 8 metrics, was notable for consistency in ranking and low variation across the metrics – UCD scored consistently high in all performance measures. This recognition further reinforces UC Davis leading role as a premier institution for research and education in ecology and environmental sciences. UC Davis is ranked as #1 in the U.S. in faculty papers written in the field of ecology and the environment, #2 in the world in agriculture and forestry (QS World University Rankings 2016), #3 in the U.S. in environment/ecology (U.S. News & World Report’s “2016 Best Global Universities”), and #3 in the US for best graduate schools in the field of ecology and evolutionary biology (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2015).
Swihart RK, Sundaram M, Höök TO, DeWoody JA, Kellner KF (2016) Performance Benchmarks for Scholarly Metrics Associated with Fisheries and Wildlife Faculty. PLoS ONE 11(5): e0155097. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0155097