Graduate Overview

Dr. Lasker and PhD student examining coral reef in lab.

The Department pf Environment and Sustainability houses four graduate degree programs. The Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior (EEB) MS and PhD programs focus on the study of complex interactions in the environment, applying scientific principles and methods from these three disciplines. Their mission is to train students with interdisciplinary competencies in research and education.

The Masters in Sustainability Leadership and Advanced Certificate in Sustainability are designed to foster interconnections between disciplines and considers sustainability through multiple lenses: environmental and ecological; social sciences and cultural studies; and economics and business. Both programs offer students the opportunity to build a variety of interdisciplinary, leadership, and communication skills to prepare them to manage sustainability efforts in corporate, governmental and not-for profit environments.

The subject matter of EEB is broad, and encompasses topics such as studies of human origins, the evolution of biodiversity over space and time, the origins of social systems, and the effects of climate change and biotic invasions on ecosystems. The research conducted through this program impacts many applied fields, such as conservation, bioremediation, or epidemiology, to name a few. This program is supported through the College of Arts and Sciences, and currently involves the participation of faculty from the Departments of Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Geography, Geology and Psychology.

Academics

The EEB program at the University at Buffalo is designed to incorporate expertise that is distributed across multiple departments into a single graduate program. Training in EEB is fundamentally interdisciplinary, incorporating a wide range of the life sciences as well as physical/environmental sciences. Currently, our program offers aMaster of Science (MS) in EEB, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in EEB. Generally, the EEB MS degree is pursued by students who are either intent on careers in the fields of consulting, teaching, ecological and environmental sciences, NGOs or government agencies (DEC, BLM, USFWS, etc); or who are preparing for a for higher degree (PhD, MD, DVM). The EEB PhD degree is suitable for students who wish to built careers in academia, or research (industry, government). For more information on the Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior Graduate Program, contact the Director of Graduate Studies.  Graduate students who are already enrolled in a degree program in a traditional department at the University at Buffalo, and who are interested in demonstrating additional expertise in Evolution and Ecology can also pursue our Certificate in Evolution and Ecology. For more information on the Certificate, please contact  the Director of Graduate Studies.

The M.A. in Sustainability Leadership is a joint venture of the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Architecture and Planning, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the School of Management. Students in this transdisciplinary MA program study a wide range of subjects from the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. The program prepares students for corporate, non-profit and governmental positions, as well as further graduate work and research. For more information on the Masters in sustainability Leadership Graduate Program, contact Dr. Craig Thomas. Graduate students who are already enrolled in a degree program in a traditional department at the University at Buffalo, and who are interested in demonstrating additional expertise in Sustainability can also pursue our Advanced Certificate in Sustainability. For more information on the Certificate, please contact  Danielle Lewis.


Degree Options

9/23/19
Students will master the knowledge and techniques required to work in a wide range of professional positions. The program prepares students for further graduate work (PhD) or research, teaching and administrative positions in both the public and private sectors as well as academia.
9/23/19
Students acquire the advanced training to produce world-class researchers and scientists for the 21 Century. They will attain expertise in their research area and teaching required to pursue a career in academia, as well as the skills and qualifications needed to work in industry, government, and non-profits.
7/6/20
One of the fundamental societal issues of the 21 century is understanding the environment, how human interactions affect it, and how those interactions can be modulated to generate sustainable outcomes. 
5/18/20
In this program, students will master the knowledge and techniques required to work in a wide range of professional sustainability positions. The program can prepare students for further graduate work (PhD) or research, teaching and administrative positions in both the public and private sectors as well as academia. The following describes a typical MA student’s program. 

Contact

Mary Bisson.

623 Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4978

bisson@buffalo.edu

Professor
Director of Biology MA
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Environment and Sustainability
College of Arts and Sciences