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Applied Ecology
M.P.S.

This area of study in the M.P.S. degree is designed for students who desire to solidify their background in applied ecology and professionals who would return for “retooling”; suitable for careers in environmental oversight, policy, planning, law, and education. This program begins with a three-day orientation in August at one or more of the ESF field facilities. Coursework requirements include three credit hours each from five of the seven focus areas: GIS tools, Statistical Tools, Specialty Tools, Ecosystem Ecology, Organismal Ecology, Human Dimensions in Ecology, and Communications in Ecology; two credit hours in graduate seminars (EFB 797) and additional 19 credit hours of graduate coursework for a total of 36 credit hours.

Rationale:

There is a need for individuals to have graduate training in the area of applied ecology, but many such individuals do not require the major research and thesis requirement of a traditional M.S. degree.  These prospective MPS students include individuals who will work for environmental groups and consulting firms as well as municipalities and state and federal agencies.  This option will also be particularly useful for secondary school teachers seeking permanent certification in New York State and students who have a major orientation in environmental policy, planning or law but wish to solidify their background in applied ecology.  This MPS option will be distinctly beneficial to professionals returning for "retooling."  The MPS option in Applied Ecology differs substantially from the M.S. degree in EFB with respect to the type of students, requirements and overall educational goals.

Requirements:

Incoming students will be introduced to the Applied Ecology Option and key topics in the field of applied ecology at a three-day orientation in August before beginning the Fall semester at one of the ESF field facilities (e.g., Cranberry Lake Biological Station, Thousand Island Biological Station, and Adirondack Ecological Center at the Huntington Wildlife Forest)  with access to nearby aquatic and terrestrial sites including both natural and anthropogenically impacted systems.

Coursework requirements include a total of 15 credit hours selected in 5 of the 7 focus areas listed below, 2 credit hours of graduate seminars and additional 19 credit hours in graduate courses for a minimum of 36 credit hours.

Catalog Statement:

Applied Ecology Option: Designed for students who desire to solidify their background in applied ecology and professionals who would return for “retooling”; suitable for careers in environmental oversight, policy, planning, law, and education.  This program begins with a 3-day orientation in August at one of the ESF field facilities.  Coursework requirements include 3 credit hours each from 5 of the 7 focus areas, 2 credit hours in graduate seminars (EFB 797) and additional 19 credit hours of graduate coursework for a total of 36 credit hours.

Current List of Courses in 7 Focus Areas: One course each from 5 of the 7 areas for a total of 15 graduate credit hours (each course carries 3 credit hours except as noted)

(1) GIS tools (3 hours)

EFB 519  GEOGRAPHIC MODELING

ERE 550 INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS

FOR 557  PRACTICAL VECTOR GIS

FOR 558  ADVANCED TOPICS IN GIS

 (2) Statistical tools (3 hours)

APM 510  STATISTICAL ANALYSIS

APM 620  ANALYSIS OF VARIANCE

APM 625  INTRO/SAMPLING TECHNIQUES

APM 630  REGRESSION ANALYSIS

APM 635  MULTIVARIATE STAT METHOD

APM 645  NONPARAMETRIC STATS&CAT DATA ANALYSES

 (3) Specialty Tools (3 hours)

APM 500 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER PROGRAMMING FOR GRADUATE        STUDENTS

APM 653  SIMULATION DESIGN AND ANALYSIS

EFB 601  MOLECULAR BIOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES

ERE 552  FUNDAMENTALS OF REMOTE SENSING

ERE 566  GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEMS I

ERE 645  HYDROLOGIC MODELING

FCH 515 METHODS OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICAL ANALYSIS

FOR 546  FOREST SOIL GENESIS, CLASSIFICATION, AND MAPPING

FOR 635  FOREST SOILS AND THEIR ANALYSES

FOR 645  HYDROLOGICAL TECHNIQUES

EFB 625  PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY

EFB 733  TECHNIQUES IN PLANT PHYSIOLOGY

 (4) Ecosystem Ecology (3 hours)

EFB 516  ECOSYSTEMS

EFB 518  SYSTEMS ECOLOGY (4)

EFB 523  TROPICAL ECOLOGY

EFB 524  LIMNOLOGY

EFB 610  ECOLOGICAL BIOGEOCHEM

EFB 623  MARINE ECOLOGY (5)

EFB 644  BIOGEOGRAPHY (4)

 (5) Organismal Ecology (3 hours)

EFB 505  MICROBIAL ECOLOGY

EFB 535  SYSTEMATIC BOTANY

EFB 542  FRESHWATER WETLAND ECOSYSTEMS

EFB 554  AQUATIC ENTOMOLOGY

EFB 628  MYCORRHIZAL ECOLOGY

EFB 640  MYCOLOGY

EFB 645  PLANT ECOLOGY

EFB 646  ECOLOGY OF MOSSES

EFB 662  ANIMAL PHYSIOL:ENVRN&ECOL

EFB 693  WILDLIFE HABITATS AND POPULATIONS (4)

 (6) Human Dimensions in Ecology (3 hours)

APM 650  OPERATIONS RESEARCH

EFB 502  ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT OF INVASIVE SPECIES

EFB 513  ADIRONDACK FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT (2 – 3)

EFB 551  FOREST INSECT ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT

EFB 600  Toxic Health Hazards (4)

EFB 611  Topics in Environmental Toxicology

EFB 687  FISHERIES SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT

EFB 692  ECOL AND MGT OF WATERFOWL

EFB 693  WILDLIFE HABITATS AND POPULATIONS (4)

ERE 506  HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT

ERE 691 AIR POLLUTION ENGINEERING

FOR 533 MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONALS

FOR 560 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT

FOR 630 AGROFORESTRY

FOR 665 NATURAL RESOURCES POLICY

FOR 670 RESOURCE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS

FOR 673 PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT OF OUTDOOR RECREATION AREAS

FOR 678 WILDERNESS AND WILDLANDS MANAGEMENT

FOR 687 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY

FOR 688 NATURAL RESOURCES ADMINISTRATION LAW

FOR 753 ADVANCED NATURAL RESOURCE AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

 (7) Communications in Ecology (3 hours)

EFB 616  INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL INTERPRETATION

EFB 617  INTERPRETIVE DESIGN

Participating Faculty

  • Martin Dovciak; mdovciak@esf.edu
    Plant Ecology, Forest Ecosystems, Biodiversity, Global Change, Ecosystem Management & Restoration
  • Shannon Farrell; sfarrell@esf.edu
    Wildlife ecology, wildlife-habitat relationships, management planning for endangered and threatened species, human impacts on wildlife, ecosystem services, endangered species act policy innovations, birds, bats
  • John M. Farrell; jmfarrell@esf.edu
    aquatic ecology, fisheries science & management, freshwater coastal wetlands, St. Lawrence River studies & Great Lakes, invasive species, restoration
  • Melissa K. Fierke; mkfierke@esf.edu
    forest entomology, forest ecology, invasive forest pests, insect-tree interactions, tree defenses
  • Jacqueline Frair; jfrair@esf.edu
    wildlife ecology and management, ecology of large herbivores and predators, animal movements, resource selection, population demography, quantitative methods in conservation, landscape ecology
  • James Gibbs; jpgibbs@esf.edu
    herpetology, vertebrate conservation biology, genetics and ecology in birds, reptiles and amphibians, songbirds, giant tortoise, statistics, wildlife population monitoring, galapagos islands, conservation biology, ecological monitoring, population genetics, applied demography, undergraduate conservation education
  • Hyatt Green; hgreen@esf.edu
    Molecular Microbial Ecology, Microbial Water Quality, Microbial Biogeography, Host-Microbe Co-evolution, Fermentation Microbiology
  • Thomas R. Horton; trhorton@esf.edu
    mycorrhizal plant ecology, molecular ecology, ecology, fungal communities, mycology, fire ecology
  • Robin W. Kimmerer; rkimmer@esf.edu
    plant restoration ecology, bryology, bryoecology, restoration ecology, ethnobotany, conservation biology and bryophyte ecology, traditional ecological knowledge
  • Donald J. Leopold; djleopold@esf.edu
    forest and freshwater wetland ecology, conservation, and restoration, peatland ecology and conservation, local and regional controls of species richness and rarity, dynamics of plant communities as affected by man and environment, management for unique communities and rare species, dendrology, native plants, restoration ecology, rare species conservation
  • Karin E. Limburg; klimburg@esf.edu
    riverine fish and estuarine ecology, fisheries ecology, watershed ecology, systems ecology, ecological economics, fisheries and ecosystem science, coupled human-natural systems, biogeochemistry, fisheries ecology, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemical tracers, modeling
  • Mark V. Lomolino; island@esf.edu
    conservation biology, wildlife, ecology, evolution and biogeography
  • Gregory McGee; ggmcgee@esf.edu
    ecology, management and restoration of forest ecosystems; STEM education
  • Stacy A. McNulty; smcnulty@esf.edu
    forest ecology, landscape ecology, long-term monitoring, and applied geographic information systems. focused on exploring long-term changes, biodiversity conservation in the northern forest, and impacts of recreation, development, and forest management in the adirondack mountains and northern forest, phenology, amphibians, beaver, songbirds, white-tailed deer, animal movements and habitat use, wildlife management
  • Myron J. Mitchell; mitchell@syr.edu
    biogeochemistry, environmental energetics
  • Dylan Parry; dparry@esf.edu
    population dynamics and evolutionary ecology of defoliating Lepidoptera and their natural enemies (predators, parasitoids, and pathogens), invasive species in forested environments, insect-plant interactions, conservation of moths and butterflies, forest entomology, biological control
  • Neil H. Ringler; neilringler@esf.edu
    fish ecology and behavior, foraging behavior of fishes, salmon reproduction, vertebrate anatomy, aquatic insect ecology, stream ecology and management, aquatic and fisheries restoration, aquatic entomology
  • Kimberly L. Schulz; kschulz@syr.edu
    nutrient and exotic species effects on aquatic ecosystems, ecological stoichiometry, aquatic community and ecosystem ecology, bioenergetics, nutrient cycling, lower food web studies, great lakes, finger lakes, plankton, limnology, aquatic ecology, biogeochemistry, invasive species
  • William M. Shields; wms1@syr.edu
    animal behavior, evolution and genetics, evolution of animal communication and dispersal systems, effects of genetic constraints on the evolution of social behavior, sociobiology and behavioral ecology, the use of DNA in identity testing and conservation biology, the interface between science and the law, conservation theory, behavior in birds and mammals, forensic DNA analysis
  • Donald Stewart; djstewart@esf.edu
    ecology and systematics, lake systems ecology, aquatic ecology, fish conservation, ecology and population biology in tropical and temperate systems, fish ecology and fisheries management, ecological energetics, modeling predation and production processes, Great Lakes ecosystems, Amazonian ecosystems, ecology and systematics of neotropical freshwater fishes
  • J. Scott Turner; jsturner@syr.edu
    animal physiology, physiological ecology, thermal energetics, biology of body size, physiology of gas exchange
  • Alexander Weir; alexw@esf.edu
    conservation mycology, fungal biodiversity and conservation, fungal-arthropod interactions, biology of parasites and symbionts, systematics and evolutionary biology of fungi, fungi and humans, biology of parasites and symbionts

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