Ecological restoration has been defined as “the return of an ecosystem to a close approximation of its condition prior to disturbance” (NRC, 1992). According to the Society for Ecological Restoration, ecological restoration is “the process of assisting the recovery and management of ecological integrity”. Ecological integrity is related to biodiversity, ecological processes and structures, regional and historical contexts and sustainable use (SER, 1999). Thus, ecological restoration can be considered as human intervention to recover nature’s integrity; to restore the environment to its natural state.
A sound science-based ecological foundation is needed for developing and implementing restoration projects. In order to train our graduate students effectively as future resource managers, environmental scientists, and restoration ecologists, we need to equip them with skills and science-based principles that are transportable from one system to another. They also need to learn that good restoration requires a view above and beyond the technical details and should include historical, social, cultural, political, aesthetic and moral aspects, so these ideas are addressed in the technical courses developed for this program.
Students completing the MS in Forest Resources and Conservation (Concentration in Ecological Restoration)at University of Florida will develop or strengthen their knowledge and skills allowing them to:
- Understand theoretical and technical knowledge from ecology, soils and other bio-physical sciences that form the intellectual foundation of ecological restoration environmental sciences.
- Design restoration projects (upland and bottomland forests, wetlands, prairie, and dune) that consider knowledge areas outside students’ current area of expertise and in an interdisciplinary team environment.
- Analyze critically and synthesize relevant primary information sources, such as technical reports and scientific publications.
- Learn various techniques used in ecological restoration, and evaluation and monitoring.
- Understand and appreciate the socio-economic, ethics, laws, policy and political dimensions of ecological restoration.
- Ecosystem Restoration Principles & Practices (Required)
- Ecology & Restoration of Longleaf Pine Ecosystem
- Ecology & Restoration of Invaded Ecosystems
- Agroforestry of the Southeastern US
- Natural Resource Conservation & Management Policies & Issues
- Watershed Restoration & Management
- Plant Materials for Conservation & Restoration
- 24 months
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DisciplinesBiodiversity & Conservation Natural Sciences Forestry View 6 other Masters in Forestry in United States
- $30 application fee, paid to the Office of Admissions.
- Official transcripts of all previous academic work. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 is expected.
- GRE scores – general test only, taken within five years. Typical combined scores range from approximately 295-305.
- Three letters of recommendation from relevant academic or employment colleagues.
- Letter of intent/statement of purpose detailing the areas you wish to study and/or your background.
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume.
International30134 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 30134 USD per year during 24 months.
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In-State12740 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 12740 USD per year during 24 months.
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