POST-GRADUATE PROGRAM IN ECOLOGY

Master's degree program (12 to 36 months) and Doctorate degree program (24 to 54 months)
 

The Master's and Doctorate programs at the Graduate Program in Ecology were implemented in 1976 and 1980 respectively, in order to train ecologists for positions of academic leadership in both teaching and research. As of December 2016 and since the first master's thesis in 1979, the program has awarded 356 master's degrees and, since 1985, 207 doctorates. During its 41 years of existence, the course has been constantly evolving, changing and exploding the permanent faculty and other members. Today the course brings together a diverse faculty, including many different departments and other academic units of Unicamp (Department of Animal Biology, Department of Plant Biology, Department of Genetics and Evolution, Natural History Museum, Center for Population and Environmental Studies, Institute of Physics),as well as other institutions (USP, UNESP, UFG, UFRGS and UNIFESP). The Ecology course at Unicamp is internationally recognized today as one of the outstanding centres of ecological research in Brazil. It focuses on basic and conceptually fundamental areas, such Population Ecology, Community Ecology and Ecosystem Ecology, using both rigorous experimental field and laboratory studies, as well as theoretical approaches. Research on Biodiversity consider a wide range of taxonomic groups of terrestrial and marine organisms, in addition to developing theoretical aspects and unique analytical methods. Applied research has been directed towards biological conservation, and restoration of degraded areas, use of bioindicators, agroecosystems, parasitic diseases, ethnobiology and forensic entomology, among others. The genetic components of biodiversity have also been the subject of several theses, in addition to the progressive increase of research topics that incorporate molecular analyses in their studies. Both master’s and doctorate degrees in Ecology programs have received the maximum score of "7" from CAPES.