Forest Resources and Conservation (Concentration in Ecological Restoration), M.Sc. in USA

University of Florida

Study in:United States
Deadline: 2 Apr 2019


Ecological restoration has been defined as “the return of an ecosystem to a close approximation of its condition prior to disturbance” (NRC, 1992). According to the Society for Ecological Restoration, ecological restoration is “the process of assisting the recovery and management of ecological integrity”.Forest Resources and Conservation (Concentration in Ecological Restoration) is related to biodiversity, ecological processes and structures, regional and historical contexts and sustainable use (SER, 1999). Thus, ecological restoration can be considered as human intervention to recover nature’s integrity; to restore the environment to its natural state.A sound science-based ecological foundation is needed for developing and implementing restoration projects. In order to train our graduate students effectively as future resource managers, environmental scientists, and restoration ecologists, we need to equip them with skills and science-based principles that are transportable from one system to another. They also need to learn that good restoration requires a view above and beyond the technical details and should include historical, social, cultural, political, aesthetic and moral aspects, so these ideas are addressed in the technical courses developed for this program.

Program Structure

Courses include:

  •  Ecosystem Restoration Principles & Practices (Required)
  •  Ecology & Restoration of Longleaf Pine Ecosystem
  •  Ecology & Restoration of Invaded Ecosystems
  •  Agroforestry of the Southeastern US
  •  Natural Resource Conservation & Management Policies & Issues
  •  Watershed Restoration & Management
  •  Plant Materials for Conservation & Restoration

Academic Requirements

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • $30 application fee, paid to the Office of Admissions.
  • Official transcripts of all previous academic work. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 is expected.
  • GRE scores – general test only, taken within five years. Typical combined scores range from approximately 295-305.
  • Three letters of recommendation from relevant academic or employment colleagues.
  • Letter of intent/statement of purpose detailing the areas you wish to study and/or your background.
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume.


Funding Opportunities for Current or Prospective Students

  • Funded PhD in harbour seal ecology
  • Student Trainee Biological Science
  • WSG Science Communications Fellowship
  • New York Tree Trust Municipal Forestry Internship
  • Assistantships, Ph.D or M.S. in Forest Health
  • Urban Forestry Internship Program
  • Sea Delight Ocean Fund Intenship for Graduate Students
  • Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship in Water Rights, Land Use, and Climate Change
  • Senior Associate, U.S Oceans, Southeast

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