Research: Conservation and Restoration Ecology

Conservation and restoration ecologists and biologists apply ecology, biology, genetics, behavioral and population dynamics, and sustainability principles in the protection of biological diversity in healthy ecosystems and habitats as well as the restoration of damaged and degraded ecosystems and habitats. The disciplines of conservation and restoration ecology recognize the inherent value of various species and the system-wide processes and services they provide to the global environment.

Coursework includes a core of required Environmental Science coursework covering a variety of interdisciplinary topics ranging from environmental systems, soil, water, global changes, environmental law, fundamentals of geographic information systems, and environmental assessment. Required coursework can be found in the UTSA Undergraduate Catalog.

What can you do with a Conservation and Restoration Ecology Area of Study?

The Conservation and Restoration Ecology area of study will prepare you for positions collecting and analyzing data for private environmental consulting firms and governmental agencies. These positions are prominently in the areas such as: delineation and restoration of wetlands, fire damaged woodlands, and overgrazed rangelands. Positions may include investigation and determination of native species reintroduction, and invasive species control.