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Doctor of Philosophy in Earth and Ecosystem Science

Minimum Total for Graduation: 60 hours

Degree:  Doctor of Philosophy


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The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Earth and Ecosystem Science (EES) at Central Michigan University is an interdisciplinary program that will provide advanced scientific training in Earth and Ecosystem Science, an investigative field of study that employs a systems-level approach to evaluate the physical, chemical, and biological structure and function of various natural environments. This research-intensive degree program will train students to understand, investigate and evaluate the multiple patterns and processes that regulate environmental variation across a range of temporal and spatial scales. EES students will investigate the behavior of whole ecosystems in specific and unique geographic regions, with a particular focus on the interrelations between multiple factors that regulate variation in the environment. This subject is broad and inherently multidisciplinary, encompassing aspects of biology, chemistry, geology, geography, physics and mathematics. Research in EES will explore patterns (biodiversity, reaction, physical architecture), processes (fate, transport, efficiency), regulation (complexity, stability, feedback) and management (sustainability, global change) of ecosystems and key ecosystem components. The EES program will promote research on a range of ecosystems types including terrestrial, aquatic (freshwater and saltwater) and global ecosystems in natural, managed, or disturbed states.

The Earth and Ecosystem Science (EES) doctoral degree program at CMU will provide students with an opportunity to develop the ability and skills necessary to conduct independent, primary research of professional quality; their research will focus on identification, description, and interpretation of factors hat regulate variation in the structure and function of ecosystems. The EES degree program offers a collegial forum for advanced students to explore hypothesis-driven, as well as discovery-driven, research topics in Earth and Ecosystems Science. Students will develop advanced skills in areas including analytical approaches and methodologies, critical thinking, and the communication of research results. EES will promote academic excellence through the successful completion of graduate research that will inform professional and public shareholders so they can better understand and manage sustainable ecosystems.

Program Requirements:

Earth and Ecosystem Science

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