School of Natural Resources and Environment

Conservation Ecology

When I came to visit day at SNRE I immediately knew this was where I wanted to pursue my graduate degree. The interdiciplinary focus of the program allowed me to integrate the social and natural sciences in my research questions. I like the more applied nature of the program, as compared to some of the Ecology and Evolutionary programs I also looked at. I appeciate the wonderful relationships I have made with other students and faculty during my time here. 

SNRE's conservation ecology program is the reason I chose Michigan. This program offers the resources necessary for students to become excellent practitioners in conservation. The classroom and field based courses are taught by faculty who are experts in their field. While the conservation ecology program provides students with the opportunity to obtain an applied science degree, the interdisciplinary nature of SNRE allows students to interpret and tackle problems from a variety of different perspectives.  

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I chose SNRE because, having completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, I already knew the value of the education I would receive if I returned. I wanted to be a part of the unique SNRE program that would provide me with interdisciplinary opportunities and allow me to interact with a diverse array of knowledgeable faculty members and fellow students.

I was interested in SNRE because of the awesome faculty and their participation in interdisciplinary approaches to environmental issues. I have the opportunity to study within my particular field while extending it across disciplines. This is very important in addressing environmental issues, particularly issues of food sovereignty. SNRE not only boasts this reputation, but truly embodies it. 

I chose U-M primarily because of its leadership and commitment to excellence in all things Natural Resources (the field of Conservation Biology began here, for goodness sake!). Recognizing that the world’s environmental challenges are many and complex, I was also attracted to the interdisciplinary focus. Additionally, I appreciate that the SNRE emphasizes both good science and application—the work done here is both cutting edge and practical for solving real world challenges.

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The interdisciplinary nature of SNRE is what made this school the obvious choice for me. The ability to work with and learn from faculty and fellow students of different perspectives and backgrounds makes for a unique and invaluable educational experience. Additionally, SNRE, like the greater U of M, has an undeniable and well-deserved reputation as being the leaders and the best. It is a privilige to study, grow and contribute here.

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Cardinale Lab

Associate Professor Bradley J. Cardinale, has received a $2-million National Science Foundation grant as part of the agency's efforts to expand knowledge and understanding of Earth's biodiversity. Cardinale is the principal investigator on a project titled, "Can evolutionary history predict how changes in biodiversity impact the productivity of ecosystems?" He and his colleagues will examine how evolutionary processes among algae generate and maintain the diversity of genes, and whether genetic diversity can explain the productivity of freshwater lakes.

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Diana Woodworth

The Taylor Garden Club began in January 1990. Through the years members have dedicated many hours of service to improve the greening of the City of Taylor. In an effort to continue the legacy of the club and to honor the first president of TGC, they offer the $1,000 Jeanne Eckert Scholarship. This scholarship is designated for college expenses and the check will be made out to the student's school.

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Featured in the March 16, 2014 Dana Digest

What is your degree and focus?
M.S. in Conservation Ecology and Environmental Informatics. I am also taking a Graduate Certificate in African Studies, and a Graduate Teaching Certificate. 
What does your research focus on?