MEM Specialization in Ecosystem
Conservation and Management


The growing awareness that ecosystems provide supporting, provisioning, regulating and cultural services – such as nutrient cycling, food and fresh water production, flood regulation and recreational space – has focused attention on how these services might change, and so influence human well-being as the organisms within ecosystems respond to mounting environmental pressures. To predict the responses of organisms – and the services they provide – requires a detailed understanding of ecological science, where the focus is on understanding how biotic and abiotic interactions shape the structure and function of ecosystems. The purpose of the Ecosystem Conservation and Management Specialization is to give students the skills to understand, interpret, and apply ecological science to inform adaptive management of species, communities, and ecosystems in a changing world.

The Ecosystem Conservation and Management Specialization will be of interest to those MEM students who seek employment, doctoral study, and/or opportunities where they can influence and develop management of species, communities, ecosystems or habitats for uses including climate regulation, food production, ecotourism, hunting, carbon sequestration, species conservation, and education. Students who envision themselves as engaging with environmental non-profit organizations (e.g. Defenders of Wildlife), federal environmental agencies (e.g. Fish & Wildlife Service), and environmental consulting firms are advised to follow this specialization.


Methods for Estimating

Communities and Ecosystem Processes Application of the Science: Capstone


Students intending to specialize in the Ecosystem Conservation and Management should take, or gain exemption from, the following MEM Foundations courses: F&ES 530a, Ecosystems and Landscapes (or F&ES 500a, Landscape Ecology); F&ES 510a, Introduction to Statistics for Environmental Sciences; and F&ES 515a, Physical Science for Environmental Management. Gaining sufficient depth and breadth requires at least one course from the “Capstone” section and at least two courses from both the “Methods for Estimating” and “Communities and Ecosystems Processes” sections. Students seeking further counsel on selecting courses within this area should speak with their academic advisor or the Faculty Coordinator of the Ecosystem Conservation and Management Specialization.

Faculty Coordinator: Mark Bradford

Specialization Faculty: Shimon Anisfeld, Mark Ashton, Graeme Berlyn, Mark Bradford, Ann Camp, Susan Clark, Brad Gentry, Timothy Gregoire, Chad Oliver, David Skelly, Oswald Schmitz

1 Offering has prerequisites, an enrollment cap, or requires permission from the instructor prior to registration.
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