Ecology is the synthesis bio-science of interaction between organisms, plants and the environment in which they live, both biotic and abiotic. It analyses the structure, function and productivity of the supra-individual bio-systems, the populations and the mixed systems, the ecosystems. Through the increased importance given to environment conditions, the meaning of ecology became broader and incorporated the notion of environment protection. It is mainly a descriptive and experimental science field and it utilises methods from other fields such as math, physiology and geology.
Ecology seeks to depict life processes, adaptation, organism diversity and distribution, material and energy flow in the environment. Biodiversity refers to the variety of organisms in an ecological complex. It is also concerned with the genetic diversity of a certain species of an ecosystem and it can be divided into vegetal biodiversity and animal biodiversity. With direct application in agriculture, biodiversity can also serve other endeavours like air and water purification, climate control, erosion prevention and even human health.
Coastal and Marine Management is a cross-disciplinary master´s program that prepares students to engage with one of the most compelling and important subjects today: natural resource management and utilization.
The Master Program in Marine Resources Biotechnology main purpose is to form professionals with scientific, technical and human capabilities that allow the development of applied research or management activities in the area of marine resources biotechnology.
A new Postgraduate Diploma programme in Endangered Species Recovery is currently being developed by DICE that will capitalise on its long-standing links with the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (Durrell) and the Mauritius Wildlife Foundation (MWF). Students registered on this University of Kent diploma will be based entirely on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean where they will be immersed within a world-renowned species and habitat restoration programme, spear-headed by MWF in collaboration with Durrell. This exciting and novel approach to postgraduate training will enable students to learn cutting-edge conservation techniques and gain world-class hands-on experience in the field.
The programme is characterised by a world-wide, trans-disciplinary, critical and innovative approach. It focuses on the relationship between leisure and environment, with special attention on tourism.
The programme offers you a critical engagement with the subject of conservation and tourism, not only by exploring the wide range of environmental, social and other impacts, but also through considering difficult questions that we might ask ourselves about our role as conservationists. For instance, in relation to the underlying values we might introduce into different cultures around the world as part of our `mission', and what the historical roots and repercussions of these might be.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Ecological Survey Techniques provides the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to conduct effective ecological field surveys for a range of key taxa and to analyse field survey data with confidence.
The Master of Science in Range Management prepares students with a bachelor’s degree in resource management or related disciplines to pursue advance study of rangelands and range management. Graduate study in range management serves as the basis for a professional career in rangeland livestock production systems, grassland, savanna, wetland and/or shrubland ecology and management, native plants, rangeland rehabilitation, conservation easements, wildlife habitat, water quality issues, working landscapes, and rangeland economics and policy.
EDGE enables engineering professional, military members, and students worldwide to participate in courses, certificates, and degree programs from the UF College of Engineering. Engineers can earn a master’s degree at a time and place convenient to them through programs from UF EDGE. As an EDGE student, you view the same course lectures, complete the same assignments and exams as UF campus based engineering students.
Master's studies in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology include a variety of ecology, population ecology, evolutionary ecology, applied ecology and environmental management course offerings. English speaking students can include in their studies the area of specialization in Evolutionary genetics.
The MSc Environmental Biology: Conservation and Resource Management course focuses on the relationships between living organisms and the terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments, coupled with the interactions that result from natural and anthropogenic processes.
This degree provides the student with curriculum and research opportunities in one of the world’s most significant science and policy issues: the environment. Students will study ecosystems management, the impact of industrialization on the environment, economics and resource availability, regulation and law, environmental ethics, landscape-level conservation, political ecology, and environmental technology and management.
Biology is a fundamental scientific discipline focusing on formulating and testing hypotheses through observations and experiments in the lab or the field. As a Biology student, you will thus be actively involved in ongoing research in the various internationally oriented research groups of the department of Biology, whatever the specialisation you choose.