Graduate studies at the Odum School of Ecology provide students with an interdisciplinary program that allows them to develop a broad background in ecology and related disciplines. Students work with faculty to become independent thinkers, researchers, and decision-makers in ecology. Graduates from the M.S. Ecology program have gone on to high-level positions, both academic and non-academic, in the public and private sectors. In addition to professorships, alumni are employed in a variety of positions including policy analysts, conservation directors, executives in nonprofit organizations, and officers in government agencies. The M.S. in Ecology is focused on training in the natural and human environment, as well as the integration of natural and socioeconomic systems. Students address specially selected research topics, which are amenable to a two-year training activity.
This program was approved by the Board of Regents effective Fall 1996. It is focused on training in the natural and human environment, as well as the integration of natural and socioeconomic systems. Students address specially selected research topics, which are amenable to a two-year training activity, which require that they learn research design, special skills, analysis and interpretation of ecological/environmental data and set their results into the context of ecological and human ecology.
Facilities of the Odum School of Ecology in Athens, and at off-campus facilities such as the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, the University of Georgia Marine Odum School and other sites in the state (mountains, coastal plains, wetlands, lakes and rivers, coast and sea), and international sites such as Maquipunca Reserve in Ecuador and the San Luis Research Station in Costa Rica, provide students unusual opportunities for ecological training. The program has attracted outstanding students and produced exceptionally talented ecological scientists, many of whom are now leaders in the field.
"I have truly benefited from my classroom experiences at UGA. As a M.S. Ecology student, I feel empowered and engaged in my research with the support of professors from many disciplines. Instructors strive to incorporate specific research interests with hands-on problem solving in the classroom, which has given me the opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to achieve my research and soon professional goals."
-Rachel Katz (M.S. Ecology, Class of ’09)