What you'll work on
Advanced intensive studies range from forest vegetation dynamics, intensive silviculture, bioinformatics programming, and applied genetics to natural resources policy, coupled with facilities including 4,609 acres of our nationally recognized model research forest. 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
- Invasive Flora and Fauna
- Predator-Prey Relationships
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.
"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
We are situated in temperate boreal forest with significant wetland resources as well as the largest freshwater lake by surface area in the world. But there are no geographical borders for where you can contribute your knowledge.
New facilities allow for in-depth studies of forest trees using whole plant, subcellular, and functional genomics approaches. State-of-the-art molecular biology facilities combined with functional genomics instrumentation enable studies in comparative gene expression and genomic analysis.
Our major research facilities include DNA sequencing and microarray labs, metabolome and genome profiling labs, tissue culture and tree transformation labs, and ecological genomics labs. A total laboratory space of 6,500 square feet and 2,000 square feet of greenhouse space provide opportunities for research that make a positive difference in today’s challenged environments.
To complete a doctoral degree, students must complete the following milestones:
- Complete all course work and research credits (see credit requirements below)
- Pass Qualifying Examination
- Pass Research Proposal Examination
- Prepare and Submit Approved Dissertation
- Pass Final Oral Defense
The minimum credit requirements are as follows:
|Total Credit Requirements|
|MS–PhD (minimum)||30 credits|
|BS–PhD (minimum)||60 credits|
Individual programs may have higher standards and students are expected to know their program's requirements. See the Doctor of Philosophy Requirements website for more information about PhD milestones and related timelines.