The college is slated to be one of the nation’s leading centers for research, teaching and outreach on such environmental issues as species protection, preservation of natural resources, urban design and development, and global climate change. “The heart of the college”, says Crowley,” will be the Academy of Environmental Design–the administrative home for the college’s faculty. All UGA faculty members who have a professional interest and needed skills in various environmental issues will be eligible to be in the academy regardless of their academic discipline. In addition to scientists in such areas as botany, biology, forestry, ecology, soil science and marine science, the academy could include professors in landscape architecture, business, sociology, law, journalism and other non-science areas and private industry.” Members of the academy will continue to work in their home departments. As faculty in the academy, they will also coordinate and offer courses, degree programs and certificate programs in environmental areas not covered in existing units. Our mission is to research, teach and communicate new and existing knowledge about the built and natural environment to promote innovative planning, preservation, protection, restoration and responsible development of natural and cultural resources.

This degree program was organized through Institute activities in 1972. The Ph.D. program is an interdisciplinary program that allow students to develop a broad background in ecology and related disciplines. The purpose of the program provides a scholarly setting within which a course of study can be designed to fit the individual goals of students. No required core sequence is specified except for ECOL 8000, Topics in Modern Ecology; students take course work in organismal, population, community, and systems ecology. The program is deliberately designed to be flexible to complement the student’s background and emphasize his or her career objectives in ecology. Major emphasis is on course work related to dissertation research, but students are expected to develop a broad background in environmental science.

A wide array of relevant courses are offered by the Institute of Ecology and other departments (especially , entomology, forest resources, genetics, geology, microbiology, plant biology and statistics).

The student is assisted by an advisory committee and must produce a dissertation which is an original contribution to ecological science.

Degree Awarded: PhD

Degree Code: PHD_TOXI

School/College: Eugene P. Odum School of Ecology

Ecology Building
Athens, GA 30602-2202



Academic Department: Eugene P. Odum School of Ecology

Ecology Building
Athens, GA 30602-2202

Graduate Coordinator: John Wagner


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