Get an ecological perspective on the relationships and interdependence of organisms in terrestrial and aquatic habitats.
An emphasis in environmental ecology provides graduating students with an ecological perspective on the relationships and interdependence of organisms in terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Students electing to pursue this emphasis area will become familiar with water quality issues, soil quality issues, research techniques, and analytical techniques used to analyze various substrates for environmental contaminants. These students will learn not only the impact that human activities can have on the plants and animals of a region, but also how they can be used in biological remediation techniques to remove the contamination caused by human activities.
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Katy (Smith) Nannenga, Ph.D., an assistant professor in both the environmental sciences and biology majors at the U of M, Crookston details the six different areas of emphasis students can choose from within the environmental sciences degree.
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