Applied Ecology Specialization in Natural Resource Sciences Graduate Program

Applied Ecology Specialization in
Natural Resource Sciences Graduate Program

Available to MS and PhD candidates.

Students in the Applied Ecology specialization focus on the interactions among ecosystem components. This specialization is designed for students interested in applying ecological principles to the management of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

The School of Natural Resources is an academic unit in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Most faculty and graduate students in the School reside in Hardin Hall on UNL’s East Campus. The building has excellent laboratory, office, and classroom facilities to support research, teaching and outreach activities.

Faculty members within the Applied Ecology specialization have strong cooperative efforts with other departments and colleges. Graduate students seeking a MS or PhD specialization in Applied Ecology from SNR will find a variety of options available to help tailor the program to their unique interests.

Educational goals and objectives:

  1. Provide students a learning environment to promote a broad understanding of ecological principles and how they can be applied to the conservation and management of our natural resources.
  2. Recognize students who have attained an advanced knowledge of ecological science and management.
  3. Support interactions and cooperation among the community of scientists and students working on applied ecological problems.

Scope:

While there are no specific guidelines or national accreditation programs, students will be encouraged to seek a broad background in several areas focusing on interactions among ecosystem components. The specialization is designed for students interested in applying ecological principles to the management of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. The specialization should appeal to students interested in

  • agroforestry/agroecology
  • aquatic ecology
  • fisheries ecology
  • stream ecology
  • conservation biology
  • forest ecology
  • grassland ecology
  • wildlife ecology
  • ecosystem science

Admission Requirements

Please see our admission requirements and application procedure pages for more information about our admission and application expectations for graduate degree candidates.

Graduation Requirements

Master of Science

  • Thirty (30) hours of graduate courses are required for the degree.
  • Individualized programs are developed by the student and their supervisory committee in accordance with the requirements of the M.S. in Natural Resource Sciences degree as detailed in the Graduate Studies Bulletin.  Students are encouraged to take a broad array of classes that will provide the background to address ecosystem issues from various perspectives.
  • Student must complete a thesis research topic in Applied Ecology.
  • Student must complete NRES 801 (2 cr).
  • The chair (or one co-chair) of the student’s supervisory committee must be a faculty member from the Applied Ecology Group and a member of the UNL graduate faculty.
  • At least two courses of the program must be “NRES” courses or a substitute course approved by the Applied Ecology faculty. 

Doctor of Philosophy

  • Ninety (90) hours of graduate courses are required for the degree.
  • Individualized programs are developed by the student and their supervisory committee in accordance with the requirements of the Ph.D. in Natural Resource Sciences degree as detailed in the Graduate Studies Bulletin.  Students are encouraged to take a broad array of classes that will provide the background to address ecosystem issues from various perspectives.
  • Student must complete a dissertation research topic in Applied Ecology.
  • Student must complete NRES 801 (2 cr).
  • The chair (or one co-chair) of the student’s supervisory committee must be a faculty member from the Applied Ecology Group and a member of the UNL graduate faculty.
  • At least three courses of the program must be “NRES” courses or a substitute course approved by the Applied Ecology faculty. 

Career Opportunities

The specialization should appeal to students interested in academic, state/federal agency, NGO, and professional careers in

  • agroforestry/agroecology
  • aquatic ecology
  • fisheries ecology
  • stream ecology
  • conservation biology
  • forest ecology
  • grassland ecology
  • wildlife ecology
  • ecosystem science

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