Graduate School

Applied Ecology—MS

What you'll work on

Humans have impacted huge amounts of our planet. Applied ecology examines and addresses the ecological challenges, and solutions. We trace, analyze, and calibrate. We seek solutions to restore—and sustain—world biomes.  We study glacial retreat, wetland and lake shore vegetation—and employ networks of forest, rural, and urban landscapes around the globe as laboratories for integrative research. Michigan Tech leads the world’s longest study on predator-prey relationships, the fifty year investigation of wolves and moose on Isle Royale.

Sample Areas of Interest

  • Conservation Genetics
  • Mammalian Ecology
  • Nutrient Cycling
  • Tree Physiology Ecology

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Who you'll work with

From studying sustainable landscapes with Audrey Meyer, to peatland and wetland restoration with Rodney Chimner, our faculty are collaborative and interdisciplinary. They'll work with you to create a program that matches your career goals.

Faculty Spotlight

Yvette Dickinson

Yvette Dickinson

Assistant Professor

"We use forests every day. Sustainable forest management affects everyone."

Silviculture applies ecological knowledge to management of forests for wildlife habitat, ecosystem health, timber, and other benefits. Dickinson investigates new techniques for sustainably managing forests so that they will continue to provide benefits for future generations.

    

Where you'll work

Michigan Tech is located in an area of high wetland abundance and biodiversity — the ideal location for study and research of ecosystem and organismal functions. The campus community is surrounded by one of the largest forested areas in the eastern United States and enjoys multiple water resources, including Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world.