About the Ph.D. in Integrative Conservation and Ecology
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 ICON program strives to move beyond the paradigm of interdisciplinary 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.
The ICON program is designed to meet the complex needs of conservation 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.
Admission to the ICON program is handled jointly by the Ecology Graduate Program Committee and the ICON Admissions Committee. Successful candidates will have been embraced through reviews by both programs.
Disciplinary Focus in our Interdisciplinary Program
ICON students choose from one of five disciplinary foci, one of which is Ecology. ICON-Ecology students gain a deep understanding of ecology alongside broad exposure to social science and other life science disciplines. They also gain practical experience in tackling real-world environmental problems alongside conservation practitioners. The other emphases in the ICON program are Marine Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Geography, and Anthropology, with students and faculty being engaged from those home units.
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ICON-Ecology PhD students must participate in integrative activities, fulfill the requirements of the PhD in Ecology, and take:
- 12 hours of ICON requirements (which can also fulfill the Ecology requirements
|ICON 8001||Integrative Conservation I||3 hours|
|ICON 8110||Field Planning and Preparation||1 hour|
|ICON 8002||Integrative Conservation II||3 hours|
|ICON 8400||Perspectives on CESD||2 hours|
|ICON 8111 or E||ICON Internship||3-8 hours (max 16)|
- 6 hours of graduate-level ICON electives (minimum 2 courses; which can also fulfill the Ecology requirements)