The number of ecological restoration programs and centers at the university level has increased dramatically in the last ten years. Restoration ecology certificates and similar inter-disciplinary courses of study are becoming more and more popular at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Many universities are now host to research centers that prominently feature ecological restoration. “With increasing interest in ecosystem restoration, there is a corresponding need for trained professionals who understand not only the science of restoration ecology but also the management practices and social factors that lead to successful project implementation.” (Opportunities for Academic Training in the Science and Practice of Restoration within the United States and Canada)


Charles Stuart University
Certificate in Restoration Ecology
It is now recognised that significant areas of the rural landscape in Australia are severely degraded, leading to loss of productive areas, reduced production and loss of biodiversity. In recent years, major steps have been taken to address these issues through organisations such as Natural Resource agencies, Catchment Management committees, Landcare groups and Greening Australia, but much more still needs to be done. This course provides the opportunity for those interested in restoring degraded landscapes to gain the conceptual knowledge and skills required to do so.

Murdoch University
School of Environmental Science

The School of Environmental Science focuses specifically on environmental science, one of the few schools in an Australian university to do so and the oldest, continually operating School of Environmental Science in Western Australia. The School’s research areas encompass seven major themes: air, land, water, biota, people, policy and technology. The School’s expertise is being harnessed to provide solutions to environmental problems, as well as offering staff of industry and government agencies specialist training in environmental science and policy.

University of Canberra
Institute of Applied Ecology

The undergraduate degree program leading to postgraduate study in applied ecology was first offered by the School of Resource and Environmental and Heritage Sciences in 1969, and is one of the longest-standing environmental science degrees on offer in Australia. Its strengths include the interdisciplinary curriculum, emphasis on field studies and its overall applied nature and relevance to contemporary problems. The relevance and effectiveness of the degree programme is ensured by regular re-accreditations by advisory panels drawing members from major employer bodies.

University of Melbourne
Graduate Program in Conservation and Restoration

Conservation of biodiversity, and the restoration of biological communities and landscapes, pose huge challenges for managers of our natural resources. Meaningful progress in this area demands rigorous training in a range of disciplines, especially conservation biology, restoration ecology and landscape management, as well as in the policies and social issues that enable or constrain success. This stream focuses on the conservation and restoration of ecosystems, with exciting subjects also available in wildlife conservation.


Fleming College and Trent University
B.Sc. Honours and Diploma Program in Ecological Restoration

Trent University’s Environmental and Resource Studies Program (ERS) and Fleming College’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences (SENRS) have been awarded $196,500 in funding from the Ontario government through the College University Consortium Council (CUCC) Change Fund Initiative in order to assist in the development of the joint program, the only one of its kind in Ontario.

Lakeland College
Conservation and Restoration Ecology

As an environmental technician or consultant you’ll restore and conserve natural areas, and plant and animal species at risk. Your extensive expertise and training in plant identification and a working knowledge of habitat management and habitat issues help you provide ecological health assessments for government and private industry.

Laurentian University
Bachelor of Science in Biology, Specialization in Restoration Biology

Today’s changing climate, decline in global biodiversity, ecosystem health and ecosystem recovery are major environmental and social challenges leading to a demand for biologists with knowledge and skills in restoration. Graduates are prepared for graduate school, teaching, government services, environmental consulting, non-governmental conservation agencies, mining companies and other sectors seeking to restore the environment.

Niagara College
Ecological Restoration Graduate Certificate

In today’s highly industrialized world, the need to restore disturbed ecosystems is receiving more and more attention. Earn this graduate certificate and secure a competitive advantage in the environmental labour market.

Simon Fraser University
Master of Science in Ecological Restoration

Many ecosystem services and natural habitats have been severely impacted due to the cumulative impacts of previous and ongoing anthropogenic influences, for example: urban sprawl, industrial expansion, invasive species, and contamination of soils and water resources. These factors, and the need to improve habitat for threatened and endangered species, have led to the requirement for ecosystem restoration work across the province, Canada, and internationally. The MSc in Ecological Restoration will combine the applied technical (experiential) emphases at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) with the fundamental (contextual) basic science and community engagement expertise at Simon Fraser University (SFU) to provide a unique joint-degree program that will fundamentally advance both the practice and science of ecological restoration.

Trent University
Ecological Restoration

Become a leader in the Science of Hope. Make your stand in the green revolution by helping to restore our natural environment for present and future generations. Ecological Restoration is an emerging discipline that focuses on assisting the recovery of degraded, damaged or destroyed ecosystems at specific project sites. This new, collaborative program developed by Trent University and Fleming College provides a bold and innovative solution to this challenge.

University of Alberta
MS & PhD in Land Reclamation, Remediation and Restoration

We are always interested in receiving applications from excellent students who wish to pursue programs leading to an M.Sc. or a Ph.D. in land reclamation and remediation. Application forms and the current Calendar are available from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. A limited number of Research Assistantships are available to excellent students.

University of Manitoba
Environmental Conservation Lab

Restoration is becoming an increasingly important management response to use-associated habitat degradation. We are involved in both major approaches to restoration: ecological restoration, which is community- and outcome-based and does not usually involved data collection, and restoration ecology, which is quantitative and usually involves formal experimentation and data collection. Much of the research we conduct in the lab involves either reconstruction, whereby new habitat is constructed, or rehabilitation, whereby existing but degraded natural habitat is restored.

University of Victoria
Restoration of Natural Systems Program

Given the current rate of encroachment on natural habitat by urban sprawl, the destruction of forests, the contamination of soil and water systems, and the growing number of threatened and endangered species, the need for restoration work is great. Unfortunately, given present trends in society, this need will likely only grow. Therefore, there is a need for trained professionals who understand the ecology of threatened habitats and have the tools to help them recover. It is this need which the RNS program aims to address.


Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Escuela de Restauracion Ecologica

El Grupo Guachetá tuvo su origen en 2003, en la Escuela de Restauración Ecológica (ERE) de la Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. El Grupo originalmente se constituyó con cinco estudiantes de Ecología y dos Profesores miembros de la Escuela de Restauración, el objetivo desde aquel entonces ha sido construir el marco metodológico y conceptual para abordar la Restauración Ecológica del Bosque de Roble.

Costa Rica

Pitzer College
Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology

The Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology at Pitzer College was established in March 2005 through international ecologist Diane Firestone’s generous gift of her stunningly beautiful farm, Finca La Isla del Cielo, near the town of Dominical, Costa Rica. Ms. Firestone dedicated over a decade of effort to bring the farm, once an overused and depleted cattle ranch, to its current state of natural restoration. She believes that, under Pitzer College’s stewardship, her vision for the farm will be realized and will have a wider educational impact on a broader audience. An ecological easement is being recorded to preserve the existing biodiversity of the property and limit non-educational development in the future.


Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus
Certificate Programme in Restoration Ecology

The Faculty for Environmental Sciences and Process Engineering at the BTU Cottbus offers together with Dimoria College in Assam, India a Certificate Programme in Restoration Ecology. It aims at international applicants with a first qualification (Bachelor of Science) in Environmental Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Management, Biology, Ecology, Landscape Planning, Geography, Wildlife Management, or Civil Engineering who like to enhance their knowledge in this specific field of study.

University of Greifswald
Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation

The 2-year International Study Programme MSc “Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation” Greifswald University (Germany) combines Applied Landscape Ecology, Biology, Environmental Ethics and Landscape Economics. It addresses to postgraduates (holding a MSc or comparable degree) from all parts of the world with practical work experience. Students will be prepared to become experts in the field of analysis and solutions of complex environmental issues. (English language)


Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Institute of Ecology

The Instituto de Ecología, UNAM was formally created on the 13 November 1996 after 8 and a half years of serving as a Research Center (Centro de Ecología, UNAM) Presently, the Instituto de Ecología, UNAM, is operating in two research units. One, where most of the researchers are located, is in the National University headquarters at Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico City. It carries research on Evolutionary Ecology, Functional Ecology, and Applied Ecology. The second is located in northwestern Mexico, in Hermosillo, Sonora. It has a major emphasis on the Functional and Evolutionary Ecology of Drylands and Desert Plants.

New Zealand

University of Auckland
School of Environment

The School of Environment (ENV) is an innovative amalgam of disciplines and interdisciplinary programmes that have a shared focus on the natural and human contexts and conditions of the world we live in. Its formation in 2009 has been timely given the public, political and policy recognition that physical and social explanations alone cannot sufficiently acknowledge the complexities of issues of contemporary concern. Teaching is research led such that academic staff include in their course material the latest findings related to the School’s six interdisciplinary research themes namely, Earth Systems and Resources, Contested Environments, Globalising Processes, Living with Environmental Change, Pacific Futures and Urban Dynamics.

University of Canterbury
New Zealand School of Forestry

There are many plantation and native forest areas, both publicly and privately owned, used for teaching and research within convenient range of the University. Further afield, the School has its own field station in Westland at Harihari. This is used for practical courses and as a research centre. It provides an excellent location for the study of native forests. Other university field stations located near Arthur’s Pass, at Kaikoura and at Westport are also close to extensive areas of indigenous forests. Students regularly visit several wood processing industries in Canterbury with which we maintain regular contact.

University of Wellington
Ecological Restoration Degree

At Vic’s School of Biological Sciences, you’ll learn about the huge diversity of plants, animals, and micro-organisms that inhabit the Earth. After a broad introduction, the major in Ecology and Biodiversity focuses on areas of plant, animal, and ecosystem diversity and function. Topics include physical and biological processes in ecology, genetics and molecular biology, statistics, plant ecology and conservation, animal ecology and behaviour, and evolution.

South Africa

University of Pretoria
Conservation Ecology Research Unit

The Conservation Ecology Research Unit (CERU) is an academic centre whose postgraduate training and research programmes focus on ecological issues that can be applied to enhance conservation in southern Africa. CERU serves the interests of the Department of Zoology & Entomology at the University of Pretoria and benefits from national and international collaboration and interaction with industry. In addition to traditional scientific output in the form of papers and postgraduate students, CERU also provides a platform for the effective development and dissipation of new information.


Universidad de Alicante
Gestion de Ecosistemas y de la Biodiversidad

Los investigadores componentes del grupo son todos docentes de la Universidad de Alicante, y responsables de una gran parte de la docencia del Departamento de Ecología. La docencia se realiza en distintas Titulaciones y Centros de la Universidad de Alicante, aunque algunos de los investigadores imparten cursos y conferencias en otros centros, tanto de pre-grado como de post-grado.

United Kingdom

Cranfield University
Land Reclamation and Restoration

Land reclamation and restoration is designed to meet the increasing demands to manage and restore greenfield and brownfield sites to the amenity, natural habitat or agricultural use engendered by UK Government and EU directives. Industry acknowledges the need for highly-trained engineers and science based professionals able to implement management strategies in response to these demands.

University of Wales-Bangor
School of Environment & Natural Resources

One of the leading centres in the UK for teaching and research in environmental science, conservation, forestry and rural land use. Our aim is to equip our students with the relevant academic, technical and communication skills that they will need in their discipline; and to instill in them a willingness to engage in ‘lifelong learning’, so that they become true professionals in their chosen field.

United States

Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies
Certified Stewardship Ecologist

In the academic program for college and university students, participants take courses, engage in scholarship, gain field experience, confer, and develop practical tools for environmental stewardship in programs that take seriously both science and theology.

Clemson University
Restoration Institute

The mission Clemson University’s Restoration Institute (CURI) received preliminary approval at the CHE’s Advisory Committee on Academic Programs meeting of July 15th, 2004 to develop the Restoration Institute, implemented in September 2004. Since that time, the Institute has been moving forward in two key areas: engaging the entire campus in developing and collaboratively applying knowledge to issues of natural, built and socioeconomic restoration and increasing research and sponsored program funding through efforts related to Restorative Economy.

Colorado State University
BS in Rangeland Ecology, Concentration in Restoration Ecology

At the undergraduate level, the department offers majors in forestry (with concentrations in forest biology, forest fire science, forest management, and forestry-business); natural resources management; rangeland ecology (with concentrations in restoration ecology, range and forest management, rangeland management and science); and watershed science. Minors are also available in forestry, spatial information systems, range ecology, and watershed science.

Colorado State University
Restoration Ecology Lab

Studies include invasive species, soil processes and amendments, toxic compounds, and revegetation techniques.

Defiance College
BS in Restoration Ecology

The Restoration Ecology program at Defiance College is unique among undergraduate programs in the United States. Restoration Ecology is the art and science of restoring and repairing damaged or destroyed ecosystems. Training in Restoration Ecology gives students an opportunity to prove themselves, and in the process, become accustomed to working in a career situation that demands application of special academic skills. Students graduate with a global perspective on ecological restoration and are well-prepared for a wide variety of career options in this field.

Edmonds Community College
Associate of Technical Arts (ATA) Restoration Horticulture

The Edmonds Community College Horticulture Department is training students to help mend and reverse land degradation. The Restoration Horticulture program trains students to re-vegetate degraded and disturbed natural areas as well as mitigate urbanization using special horticultural practices and technologies such as green roofs, green walls, and bioswales. We are the only community college in the region offering this specialized training.

Iowa State University
Natural Resource Ecology and Management

The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management is dedicated to the understanding, effective management and sustainable use of our renewable natural resources through the land-grant missions of teaching, research, and extension. NREM’s disciplinary focus is broad in scope, ranging from individual organisms to landscapes, from natural to managed ecosystems, from wilderness to agricultural and urban systems, from local to international environments, and from resource preservation to utilization. Understanding and effectively managing our natural resources requires long-term vision and multidisciplinary approaches involving NREM personnel working with people from other diverse disciplines across the university and within federal and state agencies and non-governmental organizations.

Merritt College
Environmental Management and Restoration Technology

The Environmental Program offers university-transferable courses and an Associate degree. Courses offered cover an array of subjects including Energy, Ecology, Ecological Restoration, Forests, Wetlands, Food and Water Resources, Air Quality, Recycling, Pollution, Wildlife, Population, Transportation and Green Building. Sections of these courses are offered during the day, evening, and on weekend.

Montana State University
BS in Land Rehabilitation

The Land Rehabilitation curriculum provides training in site remediation and restoration ecology, including soil remediation, revegetation, riparian restoration, investigation of impacted geologic resources, amelioration of contaminated soils and water, integrated management of invasive species, and remediation of sites impacted by industrial, recreational, and land management activities. Emphasis is placed on developing a broad understanding of hydrologic, soil, and plant processes, from both a basic and an applied science approach.

North Carolina State University
Restoration Ecology Program

The Ecological Restoration Option prepares students to assist the recovery of ecosystems that have been degraded, damaged, or destroyed. This requires extensive knowledge of the abiotic environments that sustain the biota of ecosystems, community structure, sustainable cultural practices, and performance monitoring, among other skills. Emphasis is on the actual craft of restoring natural ecosystems, and the social and philosophical elements that mandate restoration.

Northern Arizona University
Ecological Restoration Institute

The Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI) at Northern Arizona University (NAU) is nationally recognized for mobilizing the unique assets of a University to help solve the problem of unnaturally severe wildfire and degraded forest health. The ERI works to help land management agencies and communities by providing comprehensive focused studies, monitoring and evaluation research, and technical support.

Portland State University
Professional Certification Programs in River & Wetland Restoration

The PSU Environmental Professional Program offers respected university-level, technical, short courses to Northwest, national, and international professionals. These offerings are designed to provide convenient and quick access to exactly what you need in order to be current, knowledgeable, and competitive in a fast-changing career area. Through you, your employer, and a host of experts, our function at the University is to hone in on training programs that promote sustainable natural function and support highly competent professionals. Portland State University currently offers professional certificates in River Restoration and Wetland Mitigation and Restoration.

Rutgers University
Center for Urban Restoration Ecology

The Center’s novel curriculum reflects our emphasis on restoring urban and urbanizing environments. Courses serving undergraduates, graduates, and professionals are offered at both Rutgers University and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Saddleback College
Ecological Restoration Certificate Program

The certificate in Ecological Restoration trains students for a practical ecological application of appropriate techniques for a variety of ecological restoration projects. The projects may be carried out by industry or government agencies and may have specific legal requirements for implementation and proof of success. Students completing the certificate may be hired by local, county, state, or federal government; private consulting firms; or subcontractors hired by any of these agencies.

Stanford University
Center for Conservation Biology

The Center for Conservation Biology (CCB) was established by Paul Ehrlich in the Department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University in 1984. Its mission is to promote human well-being by developing a scientific basis for managing Earth’s life-support systems and helping arrest environmental deterioration. In so doing it fosters wide collaboration with other scientists, social scientists, journalists, and representatives of NGOs, Federal and State agencies, and the business community. The CCB disseminates its findings widely.

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF)
Graduate Program in Ecosystem Restoration

The ecosystem restoration study area focuses on the technical, biogeochemical, ecological and cultural aspects of rehabilitating and restoring degraded ecosystems, habitats and landscapes. The program is designed for graduate students who wish to take an interdisciplinary approach to ecosystem restoration, have access to multidisciplinary expertise, and develop advanced knowledge of ecological engineering, conservation biology, restoration ecology, forest and habitat restoration, landscape ecology and eco-cultural restoration to address complex environmental problems.

Texas A & M
BS in Ecological Restoration

The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management (ESSM) was formed by combining the Departments of Rangeland Ecology & Management and Forest Science: effective March 6, 2007. This change reflects an expanded emphasis on ecosystem science and natural resource management programs within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University. Our commitment to strong Range and Forest land programs continues.

University at Buffalo (The State University of New York)
Ecosystem Restoration through Interdisciplinary Exchange (ERIE) Program

The University at Buffalo’s Ecosystem Restoration through Interdisciplinary Exchange (ERIE) Program began with a National Science Foundation (NSF) IGERT (Integrative Education and Research Traineeship) doctoral traineeship. The ERIE Program also includes a NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer program and also includes professional summer workshops and training in environmental restoration. The ERIE Program provides educational and research programs to advance the science, engineering, and policy of ecosystem restoration, and contribute to the ecological recovery of the lower Great Lakes and Western New York region.

University of California-Davis
Restoration Ecology

The Restoration Ecology Area of Emphasis at UC Davis mirrors the growth in restoration ecology as an academic discipline. It is the fastest growing AOE in the Graduate Group in Ecology, with students studying a wide range of restoration ecology-related topics. There are plenty of opportunities to learn restoration in its many facets through classes and seminars; a core course in restoration ecology has been developed and was first offered in the spring of 1999. The AOE and its members also sponsor conferences, oversee local restoration projects, and offer many chances to volunteer at restoration sites and learn the techniques first-hand.

University of California-Santa Cruz
Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies Department is home to some of the most creative faculty and unique research programs in the country. It is divided into four research areas: Agroecology, Conservation Biology, Environmental Policy and Political Economy. Each area has its own theme, however all four areas examine the connections between environment and society.

University of Florida
Online Programs in Ecological Restoration

The School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) now offers an online graduate concentration and certificate program in Ecological Restoration that address a national need for professionals trained in this field, and in particular targets working professionals and full-time graduate students in the Southeastern US. The need for such a program is at an all-time high as agencies and private companies involved in ecological restoration are striving to re-tool their work force with a solid academic training in ecological restoration.

University of Florida
School of Natural Resources and Environment

The School of Natural Resources & Environment supports the University of Florida’s commitment to academic, research, outreach and Extension programs in ecology and environmental sciences. Bringing together faculty from eleven different UF colleges and units, SNRE educates tomorrow’s environmental leaders and supports the critical research and public outreach that addresses today’s environmental challenges.

University of Georgia
Odum School of Ecology

The Odum School of Ecology is the first standalone school of ecology in the world. Many universities have departments of ecology and schools that focus on the broader field of environmental studies, but the Odum School is the only one specifically independently devoted to ecology. The Odum School will immediately be recognized as one of the nation’s top research programs in ecological sciences based on the strength of its faculty, reputation of its degree programs and international stature.

University of Idaho
Restoration Ecology Certificate

The overall objective of this course is to provide an in-depth overview of the field of restoration ecology as an approach to repair/restore damaged wildland ecosystems. The Restoration Ecology Certificate is for graduate students and provides background and depth in the concepts and tools currently used in restoration ecology. The program consists of five courses, which are available online. With graduate committee approval, graduate students may include the certificate courses as part of their study plan. Non-degree students can enhance their knowledge in this area without seeking a graduate degree and simultaneously build a strong foundation for a master’s degree at a future date.

University of Kentucky
Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment

The Tracy Farmer Institute is a cross-college entity at the University of Kentucky whose goal is to facilitate interdisciplinary efforts of faculty on campus to create transformative, new approaches to various environmental and sustainability issues that relate to today’s grand challenge: providing the food, energy, and water necessary to support an expanding global population in a sustainable manner in the face of a changing climate.

University of Maryland (Appalachian Laboratory)
Center for Environmental Science

Environmental education is an important part of the mission of the Appalachian Laboratory, aimed at motivating future generations to be environmentally literate and to understand the importance of an ecologically healthy environment. Through this effort, the Lab educates teachers, students, and other members of our western Maryland community how to be wise stewards of our valuable natural resources.

University of Michigan
Ecosystem Management Initiative

Ecosystem management requires a deeper understanding of ecological and social processes, spatial patterns, decision-making mechanisms and approaches in order to motivate individual and organizational change. We need to build the long-term research capacity that enables us to develop this understanding and create the tools needed for others to manage ecosystems effectively. We also need to learn from the experiences of places and programs that have been and are presently attempting to manage using an ecosystem management approach.

University of Mississippi
Forest Restoration Ecology USDA Graduate Training Program

The primary goal of our program is to train graduate students in the methods of experimental and observational research in forest restoration ecology, through pursuit of a Master of Science or Ph.D. degree in the Department of Biology at the University of Mississippi. The key conceptual focus of the program is forest restoration science that explicitly incorporates the monitoring of integrated responses of multiple taxonomic groups and ecosystem processes to forest restoration treatments, long-term responses of invasive, non-native species to ecological restoration, and the role of unplanned natural disturbances in ecological restoration.

University of Montana
BS in Ecological Restoration

The University of Montana is ideally situated to offer an undergraduate major in ecological restoration. Montana possesses a great diversity of forest, grassland, and aquatic ecosystems. These ecosystems include some of the most pristine in the world as well as many that have been degraded or altered by biological invasions and/or years of natural resource extraction and fire exclusion. These ecosystems provide exceptional outdoor laboratories for experiential learning to prepare students to work in the field of restoration ecology locally, nationally, and abroad. Furthermore, faculty teaching courses supporting this major are active researchers in the area of ecological restoration.

University of Nebraska
BS in Environmental Restoration Science

Environmental restoration initiates or accelerates the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged or contaminated from human activity or natural agents. Students interested in this major will receive a variety of classroom and field experiences to help them develop the skills needed to become environmental scientists. All students majoring in Environmental Restoration Science will receive a thorough understanding of the soil-water environment, environmental regulations, toxicology, environmental sampling, and restoration techniques.

University of New Orleans
Laboratory for Coastal and Restoration Science

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of New Orleans is structured to offer incoming graduate students a wide selection of relevant fields from which to choose. We also provide a professional, interdisciplinary setting in which to pursue challenging research projects. Our longtime foundation in geological sciences allows us to provide expert guidance in fields such as geochemistry, geomorphology, geophysics, marine geology, paleontology, paleoceanography, pegmatite mineralogy, and stratigraphy. Students interested in oil and gas geology have the opportunity to study depositional basins, sedimentology, and mineralogy. Issues involving worldwide pressures on coastal environments can be investigated through the field of coastal sciences.

University of Washington
Restoration Ecology Network

The UW-Restoration Ecology Network (UW-REN) is a tri-campus program, serving as a regional center to integrate student, faculty and community interests in ecological restoration and conservation. This program is open to UW students from all disciplines. UW-REN is creating new interdisciplinary curricula and undergraduate research / capstone experiences in the realm of restoration that bridge across the three UW campuses. The core of the UW-REN mission is to advance higher education in restoration while helping the Pacific Northwest region meet the growing needs and challenges of ecological restoration.

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

The Nelson Institute was established (as the Institute for Environmental Studies) in 1970 to promote and enhance transdisciplinary environmental learning and inquiry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The institute was renamed in 2002 for former Wisconsin governor and U.S. senator Gaylord Nelson, the founder of Earth Day and a lifelong champion of environmental stewardship.

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Graduate Program in Restoration Ecology

Interest in ecosystem restoration at UW-Madison began with Aldo Leopold and other prominent scientists, who established the 1,200-acre Arboretum, where a collection of restored ecosystems now replaces farmland. Although many UW-Madison researchers have studied the hydrology, soils, plants, and animals of restored systems, the outcomes of restoration efforts are not yet predictable. Much more research needs to be done.

University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
BS in Forest Ecosystem Restoration and Management

The undergraduate forestry curriculum is built on a core of selected forestry courses that meet the requirements of the Society of American Foresters, and the need of the student to understand the application of forestry to a broad range of resource management situations. Natural and physical sciences, mathematics, wildlife, water, and soils courses are prerequisites for advanced forestry courses. The integration and application of these courses to forestry is an educational concept supported by the forestry faculty. The five emphases within the forestry curriculum allow you to select course options that match your career goals.

Utah State University
Conservation & Restoration Ecology Degree Program

This undergraduate degree combines the study of conserving and maintaining ecological systems with the recovery of damaged ecological systems and enriching the lives of their inhabitants. Conservation and restoration ecology students learn a broad interdisciplinary approach to natural resource analysis and management. They also have opportunities to learn how to contribute in positive and innovative ways to the understanding and the sustainable management of the earth\’s natural resources.

Yale University
School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies prepares new leadership and creates new knowledge to sustain and restore the long-term health of the biosphere and the well-being of its people. We recognize that environmental challenges are increasingly international and seek to build a truly global school of the environment.

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