College or University: University of Minnesota
Type of degree: Ph.D.
Brief overview of program: Curriculum—The conservation biology program has two complementary objectives leading to a unique multidisciplinary program. The first is to provide students with sound graduate training in the biological sciences relevant to the global conservation of plants, animals, and ecosystems. The second objective promotes the study of social, political, and economic sciences that relate to recognition and solution of conservation problems. Students may select a named track, fisheries and aquatic biology, which offers an aquatic specialization. Students may also pursue a joint degree in law and conservation biology through the joint law degree program. The overall goal of the program is to prepare students to develop solutions or approaches to address problems that are scientifically and environmentally sound and likely to be acted upon or implemented within their social and political context.
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Description of Facilities: Research Facilities—Faculty are involved in local, regional, national, and international programs of research and education. Local research facilities include Cedar Creek Natural History Area, Cloquet Forestry Center, Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories, the Bell Museum of Natural History. Fisheries and aquatic biology research is conducted in the many lakes, rivers, and streams that Minnesota is famous for and in 13,000 feet of wet-lab space on the St Paul campus with dedicated wells and water conditioning equipment. The program is strongly linked with on-campus institutes such as the Institute for Social, Economic, and Ecological Sustainability and the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change.