Applied Ecology—MS

Our research looks at natural and human-dominated ecosystems. We model nitrous oxide, track carbon cycling, and dig deep to understand mitigate critical climate-changing interactions. We seek solutions to restore and sustain world biomes. Are you ready?

Program Overview

Humans have impacted huge amounts of our planet. A master's in applied ecology at Michigan Tech examines and addresses the ecological challenges, and solutions. We trace, analyze, and calibrate. 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 over fifty year investigation of wolves and moose on Isle Royale.

  • Delivery Options

    • On-Campus: MS

Applied Ecology Program Details

Choose a specific degree option or delivery type to learn more about the applied ecology program at Michigan Tech. For international students, Applied Ecology is a designated STEM program.

On-Campus Programs

Additional Program Information

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Graduate Director

Molly Cavaleri

Graduate Assistant

Marjorie Banovetz


Sample Areas of Interest

Select areas of interest to help customize your applied ecology MS. Sample areas include:

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

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Application Process and Admissions Requirements

Applications are reviewed on an individual basis using a holistic approach. Fill out our free graduate application online to apply to any of our programs. Official transcripts and scores are not required for the initial application, although you will need to upload them later.

Accredited by HLC

Michigan Tech has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1928. Our Graduate School offers over 125 certificates, master's, and PhD programs to provide our students and the world with what tomorrow needs.

Who You'll Work With

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

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.

Faculty Spotlight

Yvette Dickinson

Yvette Dickinson

Adjunct 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.

Program Faculty