Program Director: Catherine Pfister
Administrator: Melissa Williams
Openings: 6 Predoctoral, 0 Postdoctoral, 0 Short-term
As ecosystems are altered through changes to climate, species composition and emerging diseases, the need for expertise in ecology is critical. The challenges our nation faces in science must be met with investment in graduate education. The needs in ecology are particularly urgent given the multiple aspects of global change and the prospect for continued anthropogenic effects on ecosystems. The effort to better understand and more accurately quantify human impacts on ecosystems is one of the greatest intellectual and practical tasks that our society faces. It is an effort that requires diverse biological and quantitative skills. To rise to these challenges, it is imperative that our society train scientists with both quantitative and experimental skills, combining mathematical rigor with empirical tests of environmental change.