Renewable Resources Graduate Programs

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Information on the program requirements for the graduate programs can be found in the RenR Graduate Program Handbook.


Conservation Biology

PhD in Conservation Biology: An interdisciplinary field of research for students drawing on natural and social sciences with the aim of protecting species and their habitats. Research topics include: environmental issues; status and trend analysis; threats to biodiversity; conservation priorities; strategy development; as well as ethics and values.

PhD in Wildlife Ecology & Management: Students in this field of study conduct research on wild plants and animals across a broad range of ecosystems and biomes. Research topics include: nutritional and behavioral ecology; community ecology; impacts of forest harvest, energy development, and agriculture; indigenous knowledge and co-management of wildlife resources.

PhD in Protected Areas & Wildlands Management: This field of study focuses on biological, social, or economic aspects of wilderness conservation, recreation, and tourism. Research topics include: ecosystem management; protected area planning; socioeconomic issues; eco-tourism; interpretation and environmental education.

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Forest Ecology and Management

PhD in Forest Biology and Management: Students in this field develop a scientific basis for improvements to forest management practices which aim to ensure economic and ecological sustainability now and in the future. Research topics include: integrated forest management; forest ecology, silviculture, fire science, tree physiology, forest genetics, forest entomology, forest regeneration, and wildlife management.

PhD in Water and Land Resources: This field of study focuses on biological, social, or economic aspects of forest resource utilization. Research topics include: land use planning, forest hydrology, watershed management, wetland management, conservation planning, natural resource politics and governance, and environmental risk assessments.

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Land Reclamation and Soil Science

PhD in Land Reclamation & Remediation: Students in this field develop techniques for reconstructing soil following oil, gas and mining disturbance to avoid soil degradation (erosion), and improve and maintain soil productivity for a variety of end land uses. Research topics include: soil salvaging techniques; removal or reduction of pollutants; soil amendments; revegetation; standards development; and environmental impact assessment.

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PhD in Soil Science: This field of study is for students that understand soils as a three-dimensional ecosystem or ecosystem component, and research how to preserve soil and arable land in a world with a growing population. Research topics include: soil morphology and classification; biogeochemical cycles; soil chemistry; soil physics and mineralogy; rhizosphere ecology; soil-plant relationships and soil fertility.  

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