Specialization in Conservation Science

Conservation Science logo with title at bottomWe welcome students interested in pursuing this exciting new graduate specialization in Conservation Science! Please reach out to our program coordinator, Dr Sabrina Morano, if you have any questions or would like to have more information about this new specialization.

NRT trainees will complete the specialization in Conservation Science (outlined below), the first one of its kind at UMaine. The specialization is not linked to any particular department and hence, will be completed in addition to the requirements outlined for your graduate degree (e.g., MS, MA, PhD) in your home department (e.g., Communication and Journalism, School of Forest Resources, Ecology and Environmental Science).

The specialization in Conservation Science consists of six required courses in addition to a minimum of 6 thesis credits and completion of transdisciplinary research project–research projects that include aspects from multiple disciplines. Trainees will also need to meet the course requirements identified by their home department, faculty mentor, and by their graduate advisory committee. Trainees will be expected to meet all general requirements of the Graduate School not explicitly indicated here, in addition to the requirements listed by the student’s major academic unit.

Students interested in the Specialization in Conservation Science will need to apply to our Program prior to meeting the course requirements (https://umaine.edu/conservationscience/apply/), contact the Program Coordinator for additional information, and see the Program Guidelines and Trainee Resources Document below for more detailed information on the Conservation Science Program.

Complete Program Guidelines and Trainee Resources Document

Requirements for Specialization in Conservation Science

Required courses (13-14 credits)

    1. EES 590 Special Topics in EES—Resilience Theory and Practice (2cr)
    2. EES 598 Special Seminar in EES—Transdisciplinary Research Seminar 1 (2cr)*
    3. EES 598 Special Seminar in EES—Transdisciplinary Research Seminar 2 (2cr)
    4. EES 595 Professional Experience in Ecology & Environmental Science (2cr) or CMJ 695 Internship (2cr)
    5. EES 598 Special Seminar in EES— Communication and Facilitation for Effective and Inclusive Conservation Efforts (2cr) or communication substitution (Appendix A)
    6. One analytic elective (Appendix A)

**As part of the transdisciplinary research seminars, trainees will be required to work in teams to develop a collaborative research proposal that integrate approaches from multiple disciplines, and that address a conservation problem in Maine.

Communication Substitution

Course Number Title
CMJ 580 Environmental Communication
CMJ 608 Communication Theory
CMJ 610 Seminar in Risk Communication

Analytic Electives

Course Number Title
BIO 593 Advanced Biometry
ECO 530 Econometrics
ECO 531 Advanced Econometrics
ECO 581 Agent-based Modeling
ERS 592 Climate Analysis
INT 527 Integration of GIS and Remote Sensing Data Analysis in Natural Resource Applications
PSY 540 Advanced Psychological Statistics and Methods I
PSY 541 Advanced Psychological Statistics and Methods II
PSY 630 Current Topics in Social Psychology (Applied Statistics)
SFR 503 Advanced Forest Measurements and Models
SFR 528 Qualitative Data Analysis in Natural Resources
SFR 575 Advanced Forest Biometrics and Modeling
SFR 605 Ecosystem Science
SIE 512 Spatial Analysis
STS 437 Statistical Methods in Research
STS 531 Mathematical Statistics I
STS 532 Mathematical Statistics II