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The Department of Environmental Conservation's focus extends from the ecology and management of fish and wildlife populations, trees, forests, watersheds and landscapes to the physical, social, and policy aspects of conservation involving urban forests, human habitat, and sustainable building. The study of biology, sociology, policy, engineering, building science, and resource management encompasses rural, suburban, and urban environments. The unifying focus of all these activities is on the stewardship of healthy and sustainable ecosystems that provide important human and community benefits. ECO is one of 16 departments in the College of Natural Sciences.

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A dozen ECo graduate students and myself  (Kevin McGarigal) enjoyed a fabulous weekend on the Cape. The weather was unseasonably warm and calm, making our time on the water and beach extremely pleasurable.

Sarah Martinez, Katherine Tarkanian and Matt Bolus, all ECo graduate students, led the trip and were stellar hosts.

Matt took us out to Wellfleet harbor on two boats and provided an exceptionally informative overview of his research project while we downloaded acoustic telemetry data from a distributed network of receivers. He is studying the spatial ecology of Diamond-backed terrapins in the harbor in relation to proposed dredging operations and hopes to provide critical information on where and when the terrapins use the harbor in or near the proposed dredging sites. We even managed to glimpse a few turtle heads in the water. (more…)


Undergraduate Study Options in ECo:


Study Construction, Green Building, Materials, Business and Engineering
with a B.S. in Building and Construction Technology.
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Study the Environment
with a B.S. in Environmental Science .
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Study Environmental Conservation, Fisheries Ecology & Conservation, Forest Ecology & Conservation, Urban Forestry & Arboriculture, Water Resources, Wildlife Ecology & Conservation
with a B.S. in Natural Resources Conservation.
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All of these programs also offer a Minor.


Study Urban Forestry & Arboriculture
with an A.S. in Arboriculture and Community Forest Management.
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