Ecosystem Science & Conservation
With a focus on the natural and social sciences, the Ecosystem Science & Conservation (ESC) program gives students the knowledge and skills needed to advance the sustainable stewardship of our natural resources. ESC is one of seven available concentrations in the two-year residential Master of Environmental Management (MEM) program.
We take a systems-level perspective that encourages students to consider the larger implications of natural events (disturbances, climate change) as well as human activities (land use, management) on ecosystems and landscapes.
We put an emphasis on skills-based training and professional communication, customizing the curriculum to your interests and career goals. You’ll pick a topic area (for example, wetlands) and a toolkit (for example, geospatial analysis) that best fit your needs. Based on these choices, your faculty advisor will help you select the core knowledge and skills courses you need to work effectively in your chosen area of specialization. Your experience will include small-class size and low student-faculty ratios, and you can choose from an array of courses across Duke and at our partner institutions.
The Nicholas School’s dedicated Career Center has helped our graduates find positions in federal agencies, conservation non-profits, state governments, international organizations, the private sector, and regional and local land trusts. Example employers include the USDA Forest Service, the US National Park Service, the Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund.