Natural Resources: Wildlife and Conservation Biology M.S.

Natural Resources: Wildlife and Conservation Biology
Natural Resources: Wildlife and Conservation Biology M.S.

Program Overview

NATURAL RESOURCES: WILDLIFE AND CONSERVATION BIOLOGY

The MS option in Wildlife and Conservation Biology is typically pursued by those with a BS in Wildlife, Biology, Zoology, Environmental Studies, or related field.  Research often takes an integrated field-laboratory approach to study population ecology and conservation, community and landscape ecology, conservation biology and genetics, and applied wildlife management issues.  Graduates are employed by state and federal agencies, NGOs, and environmental consulting firms, with a number continuing for a PhD at other institutions.    

Contact

Thomas D. Lee

Graduate Program Coordinator
Associate Professor
Phone: (603) 862-3791
Office: Natural Resources & the Environment, James Hall Rm G05, Durham, NH 03824
  • M.S. Natural Resources: Wildlife and Conservation Biology
    Research Topic: Use of transmission line rights-of-way and New England cottontail clearcuts by adult and fledgling songbirds during the breeding and post-breeding periods.
    M.S. Natural Resources: Wildlife and Conservation Biology
    Research Topic: Use of transmission line rights-of-way and New England cottontail clearcuts by adult and fledgling songbirds during the breeding and post-breeding periods.
  • Professor Pete Pekins leads a team of undergraduate and graduate students as they track radio-collared moose and their calves to chart their survival.
    Professor Pete Pekins leads a team of undergraduate and graduate students as they track radio-collared moose and their calves to chart their survival.

Curriculum & Requirements

Degree Requirements

An M.S. degree is conferred upon successful completion of a program of not less than 30 credits for natural resources options: forestry, environmental conservation, environmental economics, general, soil and water resource management, and wildlife and conservation biology.

Course Requirements or Equivalents

EDUC 904Qualitative Inquiry in Education (Policy oriented)4
Or
NR 903Approach to Research2
And with NR 903, choose one of the following additional research methods classes for a total of 4 credits:2
Grant Writing
Writing and Publishing Science
Scientific Communication
Or an alternative with approval from the Graduate Coordinator
NR 993Natural and Environmental Resources Seminar1-2
or NR 947 Current Issues in Ecosystem Ecology
NR 996Natural Resource Education (1 credit )1 - 2
or LSA 900 College Teaching
Select one of the following Quantitative methods courses:3-4
Applied Biostatistics II
Design, Analysis, and Interpretation of Experiments
Introduction to Applied Analytic Statistics
Econometrics I
Quantitative Methods in Earth Sciences
Statistical Methods for Research
Design of Experiments I
Topics in Probability and Statistics I
Analysis of Ecological Communities and Complex Data
Quantitative Ecology
Introduction to Statistical Analysis
Research Methodology and Statistics I
Research Methods and Statistics III
Sociological Methods I: Intermediate Social Statistics
Sociological Methods III: Advanced Social Statistics
Sociological Methods IV: Qualitative and Historical Research Methods
Or an alternative with approval from the Graduate Coordinator
Select one of the following:
NR 899Master's Thesis (and a formal presentation of the thesis) 16
NR 998Directed Research (and directed research results) 24

An approved program of study plan is required during the first semester.

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