The Molecular Ecology Working Group

Applying Genetic and Genomic Tools to Wildlife Management and Conservation

The Molecular Ecology Working Group (MEWG) of The Wildlife Society (TWS) aims to promote scientific advancement by applying molecular techniques to wildlife ecology, management, and conservation. We seek to enhance awareness of molecular ecology and genetic applications to wildlife biology and act as an informational and networking resource.  The working group is intended to be broadly inclusive of the various aspects of molecular ecology that may be applicable to wildlife.

What We Do

The Molecular Ecology Working Group works on many exciting projects to provide opportunities for our members and collaborators. Learn more about what we do and how you can get involved.


We are continuing to expand our workshop series to encompass how next-generation sequencing tools are applied to conservation and wildlife management. Learn how you can participate in our next workshop, or review past workshop materials. 


We strive to be a leading example in cutting-edge, applied conservation science. We often host symposia at TWS conferences, such as the upcoming 2024 conference in Baltimore. Check out our upcoming events and review past seminars.


At Molecular Ecology Working Group, we are dedicated to being a resource for those in conservation and wildlife management. We have created a "Find a Geneticist" database to match those who are searching for an expert to collaborate with on their project.

Zymo Research Promotion

Zymo Research has created a discount code for our members with provides 25% off their products for one year. 

Zymo Promo Code: MEWGfriends25

Terms and conditions: Discount applies to qualified direct U.S. customers only on Zymo Research kits and reagents. Promotion ends June 30, 2024. This discount cannot be used with other promotions, or with existing discounts from distributors or stockrooms. Other restrictions may apply.   

Get in Touch

To become a member of the Molecular Ecology Working Group, you must be a member of The Wildlife Society. Once you are a member of TWS, add MEWG under the "Membership" tab on the TWS website after you have logged in.

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