Anthropogenically induced changes to the global climate and unrelenting increase in demand for commodities and services from ecosystems is raising urgent questions about ecological processes and the sustainable use of natural resources. This ecosystem crisis has stimulated a great deal of interest in environmental conservation.

The environmental conservation graduate program is recognized internationally among scientists and professionals and attracts the highest caliber students interested in addressing global environmental issues. Faculty in the program bring expertise in a wide range of environmental conservation issues, including wildlife and fish, forests, hydrological systems, sustainable building, and environmental policy and human dimensions. Students work directly with a faculty advisor in the program who mentors them as they pursue either a research-focused PhD or MS (thesis) degree, or a professional MS (non-thesis) degree in one of five concentrations.