Okavango Delta (A. Kinzig)

Ecology, Economics, and Ethics of the Environment (4E)

Eco Services Group
Female Kudu (A. Kinzig)

BIOLOGY MS/PhD

The Ecology, Economics, and Ethics of the Environment (4E) program is one of the Biology and Society concentrations in the Biology MS and PhD degrees. It trains students in the theory and empirical methods needed to understand, analyze, and shape policy for the management of coupled human-natural systems.

Biology MS - 4E

Core Courses

Ecology (3 hours)

Environmental or Natural Resource Economics (3 hours)

Environmental Ethics or Environmental Policy (3 hours)

Additional Courses Related to the Life Sciences

Two seminars (including research methods, as appropriate) 3 hours

Reading and Conference

Thesis

Research (6 hours)

Thesis (6 hours)

Total: 30 hours

Biology PhD - 4E

Core Courses

Ecology (3 hours)

Environmental or Natural Resource Economics (3 hours)

Environmental Ethics or Environmental Policy (3 hours)

Additional Courses Related to the Life Sciences

(9 hours)

Other Research, Seminars, and Readings Courses

– (42 hours)

Dissertation

Research (12 hours)

Dissertation (12 hours)

Total: 84 hours

PhD Prospective Students

    The ecoSERVICES Group at Arizona State University (www.ecoservices.asu.edu) welcomes applications from prospective PhD students interested in the resilience and sustainability of coupled human-ecological systems, the economics of (renewable) natural resource management and decision-theoretic approaches to the management and valuation of ecosystem services.  This is an opportunity for students to develop competence across applied ecology, economics, and systems modeling.  Funding may be available for research in fishery management (Abbott), international trade and the dispersal of potentially harmful species (Perrings), resilience of urban infrastructures (Perrings), conservation of ecosystem services (Perrings, Kinzig).  

    Preliminary inquiries may be made to individual faculty, but applications need to be submitted through either the School of Life Sciences (http://sols.asu.edu/grad/index.php) or the School of Sustainability (http://schoolofsustainability.asu.edu/degrees/program_PhD.php).  The deadline for applications is 15 December.       

    Preferred qualifications:
    M.S. in applied ecology, economics or related field, though highly qualified B.S./B.A. students will be considered.
    Comfort with mathematics, statistics and/or econometrics: students will be expected to develop mathematical and/or statistical models.
    Strong communication and writing skills, GPA, and GRE scores.