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About the Ph.D. in Integrative Conservation

At the beginning of the 21st century, as global environmental change proceeds at an unprecedented pace, the practice of conservation is adapting to a complex set of new challenges. The conservation community has increasingly recognized that responding effectively to these challenges will require that the next generation of practitioners and scholars not only develop expertise in specific fields but also have the conceptual tools to work across disciplines. The University of Georgia's Integrative Conservation Ph.D. program is designed to meet that need by ensuring that students gain disciplinary depth while also learning to collaborate across disciplines and fields of practice to seek integrative solutions to complex conservation challenges.

Students in this program will choose one of four disciplinary focuses: Integrative Conservation and Anthropology; Integrative Conservation and Ecology; Integrative Conservation and Forestry and Natural Resources; or Integrative Conservation and Geography. Each will ensure that students receive rigorous theoretical and methodological training in a traditional discipline, while also working integratively at the intersections of multiple disciplines.

The Integrative Conservation Ph.D. program strives to move beyond the paradigm of interdisciplinarity by reaching outside of academia to bring together academics and practitioners. Through mechanisms such as internships, collaborative research, and a practitioner-in-residence program, students will work with conservation practitioners as partners and colleagues. These experiences, along with training modules lead by communications experts, will ensure that students learn to communicate effectively and strategically with those from other backgrounds and disciplines as well as with lay audiences.

Please visit our ICON homepage for more information.

Core courses and other requirements for the Integrative Conservation degree (students will also meet all degree requirements for their home departments)

  • Two required team-taught core courses
    • Integrative Conservation I – Theoretical foundations of an integrative approach
    • Integrative Conservation II – Application of integrative principles and perspectives through case studies
    • Other courses decided by the student and her/his committee
  • Summer Internship (at least 8 weeks)
    • Conservation organization
    • Government agency
    • Other group or agency identified as appropriate
  • Participation in activities designed to expose students to a variety of perspectives
    • Speakers series with discussion panel
    • Practitioner-in-Residence lectures and mentoring opportunities
    • Peer-review groups for dissertation research proposals
  • Dissertation incorporating integrative perspective

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For more information contact:

Nik Heynen, ICON Director & Graduate Coordinator
Email: iconphd@uga.edu

For more information

The University of Georgia
Ecology Graduate Program Office
Katherine Adams
Room 19, Odum School of Ecology
Athens, GA 30602-2202
Phone: (706) 542-3404
Fax: (706) 542-4819
e-mail: ktswings@uga.edu

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