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The emphasis on toolkit-based learning enables students to learn a variety of technical and analytical skills. There is a huge focus on problem solving in the coursework and an opportunity to learn from some of the best people in the field."


Our Vision

Our vision is to train future leaders who have a foundational understanding of ecosystem structure and function at the landscape scale, and who can use this understanding to anticipate system-level responses to pulse (disturbances) or chronic (climate change) impacts to ecosystems and create innovative and effective approaches to sustainable and equitable stewardship of our natural capital.

We strive to help students acquire:

  • Foundational knowledge in the physical and biological sciences as well as core social sciences (economics, policy, politics) that inform decision-making in ecosystem management
  • The opportunity to focus study on a particular ecosystem (e.g., tropical forest, wetlands) or conservation target (e.g., rare species)
  • Field methods, analytic tools (statistics, geospatial analysis), and participatory skills (decision analysis, conflict resolution) appropriate to the targeted ecosystem or conservation practice
  • Training in management-relevant skills (team-work, communication) that provide for successful collaboration in government, nonprofits, and the private-sector