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  • Managing Life's Future: Species Essentialism and Evolutionary Normativity in Conservation Policy, Practice, and Imaginaries  Maggiulli, Katrina ( University of Oregon , 2024-01-10 ) Folk essentialist and normative understandings of species are not only prevalent in popular layperson communities, but also end up undergirding United States conservation policy and practice due to the simplistic clarity ...
  • Unsettled Ecologies: Alienated Species, Indigenous Restoration, and U.S. Empire in a Time of Climate Chaos  Fink, Lisa ( University of Oregon , 2024-01-10 ) This dissertation traces environmental thinking about invasive species from Western-colonial, diasporic settlers of color, and Indigenous perspectives within U.S. settler colonialism. Considering environmental discourses ...
  • Futuremaking in a Disaster Zone: Everyday Climate Change Adaptation amongst Quechua Women in the Peruvian Cordillera Blanca  Moulton, Holly ( University of Oregon , 2024-01-10 ) Indigenous women in Peru are often labeled “triply vulnerable” to climate change due to race, gender, and economic marginalization. Despite Peru’s focus on gender, Indigeneity, and intersectionality in national adaptation ...
  • Land Acts: Land's Agency in American Literature, Law, and History from the Colonial Period to Removal  Keeler, Kyle ( University of Oregon , 2024-01-10 ) This dissertation examines land’s agency and relationships to land in the places now known as the United States as these relationships appear in literature and law from early colonization to the removal period. Land Acts ...
  • PALEOTEMPERATURE, VEGETATION CHANGE, FIRE HISTORY, AND LAKE PRODUCTIVITY FOR THE LAST 14,500 YEARS AT GOLD LAKE, PACIFIC NORTHWEST, USA  Baig, Jamila ( University of Oregon , 2024-01-09 ) The postglacial history of vegetation, wildfire, and climate in the Cascade Range (Oregon) is only partly understood. This study uses high-resolution analysis from a 13-meter, 14,500-year sediment core from Gold Lake to ...
  • On Western Juniper Climate Relations  Reis, Schyler ( University of Oregon , 2022-10-26 ) Western juniper woodlands are highly sensitive to climate in terms of tree-ring growth, seedling establishment and range distribution. Understanding the dynamics of western juniper woodlands to changes in precipitation, ...
  • Stories We Tell, Stories We Eat: Mexican Foodways, Cultural Identity, and Ideological Struggle in Netflix’s Taco Chronicles  Sanchez, Bela ( University of Oregon , 2022-10-26 ) Food is a biological necessity imbued with numerous social, cultural, and economic implications for identity production and everyday meaning-making. Food television is a unique medium for the meanings of food and foodways ...
  • Soil Nutrient Additions Shift Orthopteran Herbivory and Invertebrate Community Composition  Altmire, Gabriella ( University of Oregon , 2022-10-26 ) Anthropogenic alterations to global pools of nitrogen and phosphorus are driving declines in plant diversity across grasslands. As such, concern over biodiversity loss has precipitated a host of studies investigating how ...
  • Multispecies Memoir: Self, Genre, and Species Justice in Contemporary Culture  Otjen, Nathaniel ( University of Oregon , 2022-10-04 ) Liberal humanism articulates an individual, rational, autonomous, universal, and singularly human subject that possesses various rights and freedoms. Although the imagined subject at the heart of liberal humanist philosophy ...
  • Understanding How Changes in Disturbance Regimes and Long-Term Climate Shape Ecosystem and Landscape Structure and Function  Wright, Jamie ( University of Oregon , 2022-10-04 ) Long-term and anthropic climatic change intersecting with disturbances alters ecosystem structure and function across spatiotemporal scales. Quantifying ecosystem responses can be convoluted, therefore utilizing multiproxy ...
  • Ikpíkyav (To Fix Again): Drawing From Karuk World Renewal To Contest Settler Discourses Of Vulnerability  Vinyeta, Kirsten ( University of Oregon , 2022-10-04 ) The Klamath River Basin of Northern California has historically been replete with fire-adapted ecosystems and Indigenous communities. For the Karuk Tribe, fire has been an indispensable tool for both spiritual practice and ...
  • Grassland Restoration in Heterogeneous, Changing, and Human Dominated Systems  Brambila, Alejandro ( University of Oregon , 2022-10-04 ) Ecological restoration is a powerful tool to promote biodiversity and ecosystem function. Understanding underlying system variability and directional change can help predict outcomes of restoration interventions. Spatial ...
  • Restoring What? And for Whom? Listening to Karuk Ecocultural Revitalization Practitioners and Uncovering Settler Logics in Ecological Restoration.  Worl, Sara ( University of Oregon , 2022-05-10 ) What does it mean to restore a landscape degraded by settler colonialism? How might a well intentionedprocess like ecological restoration end up causing harm from underlying settler colonial logics? This thesis explores ...
  • Instigating Communities of Solidarity: An Exploration of Participatory, Informal, Temporary Urbanisms  Meier, Briana ( University of Oregon , 2021-11-23 ) This dissertationexamines the potential for participatory, informal urbanisms to buildcollaborative relations across ontological, cultural, and political difference. This research contributes to thefield of urban, environmental ...
  • The Holy Oak School of Art and Ecology: A Proposal for Arts-Based Environmental Education Programming  Best, Krysta ( University of Oregon , 2021-11-23 ) The following is a proposal for arts-based environmental education programming in elementary schools, after-school programs, and day-camp programs, entitled the Holy School of Art and Ecology. Ecophenomenological, arts-based ...
  • Settler Colonial Listening and the Silence of Wilderness in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area  Hilgren, Bailey ( University of Oregon , 2021-11-23 ) The Boundary Waters Canoe Area soundscape in northern Minnesota has a long and contested history but is most often characterized today as a pristine and distinctly silent wilderness. This thesis traces the construction and ...
  • Species Dynamics and Restoration in Rare Serpentine Grasslands under Global Change  Hernandez, Eliza ( University of Oregon , 2021-11-23 ) Conserving rare serpentine grasslands is a challenge with ongoing nitrogen deposition. Nutrient-poor patches are fertilized by nitrogen-rich smog and exotic grasses can rapidly spread. Water resources are also being altered ...
  • Place-making and Place-taking: An Analysis of Green Gentrification in Atlanta Georgia  Okotie-Oyekan, Aimée ( University of Oregon , 2021-11-23 ) Despite the benefits of urban greenspace, Atlanta’s Westside Park is causing gentrification and displacement pressures in Grove Park, a low-income African-American community in northwest Atlanta, Georgia. This study used ...
  • Prairie Plant Responses to Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest  Reed, Paul ( University of Oregon , 2021-09-13 ) Understanding how plants respond to climate change is of paramount importance since their responses can affect ecosystem functions and patterns of biodiversity. At the population level, climate change may alter phenology ...
  • Understanding Freshwater Mussel Distribution, Abundance, and Demography in the South Umpqua River Basin, Oregon: Impacts of Land Use and Stream Hydraulics  Johnson, Laura ( University of Oregon , 2021-04-27 ) Freshwater mussels are both keystone and indicator species within aquatic ecosystems and are declining across their historic ranges within the Pacific Northwest (PNW). This thesis provides baseline information necessary ...

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The graduate core consists of three courses, totaling 6 credits. The purpose of the core is to introduce new students to faculty, to give students a sense of programmatic identity, to foster interdisciplinary thinking among students and faculty, to expose students to the breadth of existing environmental science courses, to expose students to a specific area in environmental science, to give students the opportunity for academic exploration, and to teach research skills.

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This is a list of the most recent theses and dissertations from ECO students. These lists are automatically created through the UMass Scholarworks  system. To have your publication included, submit it to Scholarworks.

Master’s Theses – Environmental Conservation:

Late-successional forests provide a unique opportunity to explore adaptive management approaches […]

Acoustic telemetry is an important tool when studying the spatial ecology of marine animals. First, […]

Sleeper populations are established populations of a non-native species whose population growth is […]

Land use/land cover (LULC) plays a vital role in the provision of ecosystem services. Changing […]

Water is a fundamental human right supporting life, health, and livelihoods. Yet water-related […]


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Dissertations – Environmental Conservation:

Wind energy facilitates have expanded significantly in the United States over the last few decades […]

This dissertation research focuses on the population ecology of the northern diamondback terrapin […]

Interoperability and Integration of the Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Building Energy […]

The brook floater (Alasmidonta varicosa) is a freshwater mussel (Order: Unionida) native to […]

This dissertation research focuses on the ecology of the Arctic ground squirrel (Urocitellus […]

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The Doctoral degree in Environmental Science is a research degree that requires successful completion of an innovative dissertation project. A five- to six-faculty member Doctoral Committee will help the student select courses for a degree plan. Students entering the Ph.D. program without a MS degree are required to take a minimum of 72 hours of graduate-level course work, while students entering the Ph.D. program with an MS degree are required to take a minimum of 42 additional hours. The Ph.D. degree requires the entire Foundation Core (4 hours), 12 credit hours from at least 3 of the distribution groups, 7 organized elective courses (incoming w/o Master's) or 4 organized elective courses (students w/ previous Master's in related field, such as biology, chemistry, or environmental science), as well as 12 hours of dissertation research. Organized electives do not include special problems credit hours or research credit hours, and may be selected from the core groups as electives or from non-core options as agreed upon by the student's advising committee. Here is a flow chart/diagram that illustrates the requirements. See the Environmental Sciences Curriculum page for further information.

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The core and distribution requirements are describe under environmental science curriculum. The remaining hours in the curriculum can come from one of the cores or from diverse perspectives across non-core electives at the direction of the student's graduate advising committee in addition to thesis/dissertation research hours.


Students may elect to specialize in one of five areas of concentration , such that the identified concentration is listed on their transcript when she/he graduates. The five concentrations are Ecology and Conservation Biology, Geoscience, Human Ecology, Toxicology, and Science Education Research. Please select the hyperlink to find more information about the requirements of each concentration.


These guidelines generally follow the requirements published in the Graduate Catalog for Biological Sciences ( ).

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The PhD degree is a research degree that includes the requirement of a scholarly dissertation based upon original research. Students entering the Ph.D. program immediately after a Bachelor's degree are required to take a minimum of 72 hours of graduate-level course work, while students entering the Ph.D. program after the Master's Degree are required to take a minimum of 42 additional hours of graduate-level course work.

The Ph.D. degree requires the entire Foundation Core coursework (4 hours), one to two classes from three of the four distribution groups (12 hours), elective courses as agreed upon by the student's advisory committee, as well as 12 hours of Dissertation (e.g., BIOL 6950).

  • The degree plan should be completed by the end of the student's second semester.
  • Core requirements should be completed by the end of the 2nd year (doesn't mean it can't extend beyond, but student's eligibility for TA etc., may become jeopardized).
  • Comprehensive Exam and Proposal should be completed no later than 3.5 years upon entry (i.e., you have 18 mos. post completion of coursework to complete both qualifiers and proposal).
  • In total, a student should complete all coursework, qualifiers and proposal within 3.5 years of entry into the program.
  • The Comprehensive Exam and Proposal represent separate entities. The oral exam can include the student's proposed research but is not contingent on him/her having completed the proposal. In other words, the oral is open-ended - depending on performance of written exams, general questions or research-related questions.
  • Comprehensive exams include both a written section and a separate oral component. Both should be completed within a defined ~2 week period, with the student deciding how he/she wishes to space the 2 exams out over the defined period.
  • The proposal may be drafted any time but formal submission cannot be completed (i.e., signed off on by all committee members) until a student has completed the Comprehensive Exam. The proposal shall consist of a written document and whether it is to include a presentation by the student (for his/her committee or the academic public) shall be left to the discretion of the student's adviser and committee.
  • Failure to meet these requirements may result in probation and/or expulsion from the ES program by the EC.


At the end of each Spring Semester the ES graduate review committee will meet with students to assess their progress through the program. Review information will be used to guide progress and to make recommendations regarding teaching assistant funding (which is ultimately determined through the Department of Biological Science).

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Completed PhD Dissertations

PhD in Environmental Science and Management graduates become leaders in their fields, advancing their academic disciplines and becoming dynamic change-makers in the corporate, public, and non-profit sectors. Their dissertation work combines theory with application, often producing new strategies, insights, and plans to solve environmental problems. 

The archive on this page dates back to 2015. To inquire about a dissertation project prior to 2015, please contact [email protected].

Degrees Conferred 2023

Violaine Desgens-Martin : Assessing Ecological Risks of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Central and Southern California Aquatic Environments using Modeling

Albert Garcia : Evaluating Impacts of Forests and Forest Policy: Methods and Applications using Satellite Data

Jacob Gellman : Essays in the Economics of Wildfire

Christopher Heckman : On the Importance of Roots to Eco-hydrology: The Effect of Plant Accessible Water Storage Capacity on Evapotranspiration 

Timnit Kefela : (Micro)plastics in Solid Environmental Matrices

Seonghoon Kim : Collective Reputations and Business Sustainability

Vincent Thivierge : Evaluating the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Environmental Policies for Global and Local Air Pollutants

Erin Winslow : Post-disturbance Dynamics of Branching Corals and Their Predators

Degrees Conferred 2022

William Burke : Modeling the Interconnected Effects of Fuel Treatments on Forests, Water, and Fire

Marina Feraud : N treatment in stormwater biofilters: Relationships between sequestered pollutants, environmental conditions, and N cycling soil bacteria

Qian Gao : Novel disinfection system with recyclable magnetic nanoparticles and metal ions: Evaluation with bacteria, algae, and virus

Niklas Griessbaum : Towards the Twilight of File-Centricity

Patrick Hunnicutt : Comparative Analyses of Environmental Deprivation and Political Mobilization

Jason Maier : Essays on Consumer Behavior and the Environment

Casey O'Hara : Cataloguing and mapping cumulative human impacts on marine biological and functional diversity to inform conservation management

Yang Qiu : Economic and Environmental Implications of Low-Carbon Transition in the Energy System: Case Studies on Lighting Technologies, Electricity System, and Direct Air Capture

K Rahul Sharma : Non-Financial Incentives for Pro-Social and Pro-Environmental Behaviour

Juan Carlos Villaseñor Derbez : Essays on Environmental Markets and Marine Conservation

Degrees Conferred 2021

Jiajia Zheng : Assessment of Decarbonizing Rapidly-Growing Technological Systems with a Life-Cycle Perspective

Jessica Couture : Sustainable Aquaculture for a Resource Limited Future

Samuel Collie : Social Efficiency of Natural Resource Management

Alice Lépissier : A Methodological Toolkit to Understand Complex Policy Problems: Applications to Climate Change and Illicit Finance

Jade Sainz : Incorporating Climate Variability and Change into Marine Spatial Planning for Aquaculture in the Southern California Bight

Degrees Conferred 2020

Alexa Fredston-Hermann: Causes and Consequences of Species Range Edge Shifts in a Warming Ocean

Elizabeth Hiroyasu: The Social and Ecological Dimensions of Vertebrate Management: Reintroductions and Invasions

Molly Wilson : Understanding Fish and Fisher Behavior in Coral Reef Ecosystems

Degrees Conferred 2019

W. Tyler Brandt: A Solution to One of Mountain Hydrology's Principal Mysteries: The Spatial Distribution of Snowfall

Sean Fitzgerald: Enhancing Small-Scale Fisheries Management through Data-Limited Assessment and Collaboration

Molly Lassiter: Essays in Ecological Economics

Owen Liu: Confronting Complexity in Marine Population Dynamics and Management

Joseph Palazzo: Methodological Developments in Consequential Life Cycle Assessment

Runsheng Song: Machine Learning for Addressing Data Deficiencies in Life Cycle Assessment

Timbo Stillinger: Observing Snow from Space: Snow/Cloud Discrimination & Opportunities in Water Supply Forecasting

Mengya Tao: Spatial Heterogeneity in Modeling Environmental and Human Health Impacts of Chemicals

Laura Urbisci: Uncertainty Analysis in Fisheries Science: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Caroline Vignardi: Ecological implications of copper-based nanoparticles in aquatic complex matrices: Fate, behavior, and toxicity assessment

Ying Wang: Engineered Carbonaceous Nanomaterials in Legume Agroecosystems: Potential Effects and Fates

Degrees Conferred 2018

Andrew Ayres: The Common Pool, Extraction Restrictions, and the Costs of Collective Action: Three Essays on the Economics of Groundwater Management

Patrick Callery: The Role of Information and Incentives in Voluntary Corporate Provision of Public Goods

Dan Ovando: Of Fish and Fishermen: Using Human Behavior to Improve Marine Resource Management

Jessica Perkins: Improving the Usefulness of Environmental Information for Decision Making in Organizations

Yuwei Qin: Characterizing Uncertainties in Life Cycle Assessment

Daniel Viana: Management and Design of Marine Reserves and Rights-Based Management Systems in Small-Scale Fisheries

Degrees Conferred 2017

Erendira Aceves: Designing spatially explicit property rights for moving fish

Xioli Chen: Factors affecting the streamflow and in-stream nitrate concentration in semi-arid areas: sub-surface flow-generation, vertical distribution of soil nitrate and drainage properties, and the connectivity of impervious areas

Alex DeGolia: Choosing Green: Explaining motivations across different environmental behaviors

Matthew Fienup: Unintended Consequences of Environmental Policies: The Case of Urban Growth Controls

Rebecca Gentry: Marine Aquaculture Development: Spatial Management, Conservation Opportunities, and Production Potential

Ian McCullough: Exposure and sensitivity of ponderosa pine to climate change in mountainous western North American landscapes

Matthew Meyers: Fluvial Processes Affecting the Texture of a Gravel Bed with an Emphasis on Salmon Spawning Habitat

Oliver Soong: Vegetation Establishment Following Floodplain Restoration in Mediterranean-climate California

Sarah Valencia: Integrating Marine Reserves into Data-Poor Fisheries Management: Challenges and Opportunities

Degrees Conferred 2016

Darcy Bradley: Improving the management of marine top predators: population characteristics, behavior, and extinction risk

Kendra Garner: Fate, transport, exposure and environmental implications of engineered nanomaterials

Julia Glenday: Assessing hydrologic impacts of watershed degradation and restoration at different landscape positions in a semi-arid, mountainous water-supply catchment

Yuxiong Huang: Novel magnetic nanoparticle adsorbents for organic and inorganic contaminants

Bryan Leonard: The role of transactions costs in shaping the emergence and persistence of property rights regimes and their subsequent implications for sustainable resource use and environmental markets

Kyongho Son: The importance of sub-watershed variability on predicting ecohydrologic response to inter-annual climate variability and climate warming in the Sierra Nevada watersheds

Sara Sutherland: The economics of political participation and distribution in fisheries management

Degrees Conferred 2015

Adeyemi Adeleye: Influence of microorganisms and extracellular polymeric substances on the fate of engineered nanomaterials in natural aquatic systems

Joe Bergesen: Technological change in the life cycle assessment of rapidly expanding greenhouse gas mitigation technologies: case studies on thin-film photovoltaics and LED lighting

Jon Conway: Fate, transport, and implications of engineered nanomaterials in the terrestrial environment

Laura Dee:Managing ecosystem services in the face of uncertainty: what is the role of biodiversity?

Eric Fournier: The life cycle energy-water usage efficiency of artificial groundwater recharge via the reuse of treated wastewater

Steve Miller: Adaptations to changes in environmental conditions and policies

Lindsey Peavey: Uncovering the ecology of a cryptic oceanic consumer: the olive ridley sea turtle

Yi Yang: Life cycle assessment of agricultural systems with an emphasis on marginal changes, technological advances, and regional characteristics

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The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree program is a full-time degree program that offers a unique interdisciplinary learning experience where the course of study is individually tailored based on the student’s interest in understanding and finding solutions to pressing problems in environmental health and engineering.

The goal of PhD training in EHE is to prepare graduates to engage in scholarship and professional practice that creates new knowledge, use research to transform practice and improve the health of the environment and the public, and effectively communicate research findings to the public. The program requires didactic coursework followed by an average of four to five years of research towards a doctoral dissertation (also referred to as a thesis on official forms and committees).

Training is offered through a core curriculum that is required of all PhD students in the Department with the addition of track/program-specific requirements and focused courses in specialized areas.

Students are expected to tailor their curricula, working with their advisers to create a comprehensive plan of study and research. PhD thesis must be based on original research, worthy of publication, and approved by the Department and a committee of thesis (dissertation) readers. PhD students must also be engaged in primary data collection as a component of their dissertation research or embedded in other research during their training here.

Our programs are offered in the  Whiting School of Engineering , on the Homewood campus (WSE) and the  Bloomberg School of Public Health  (BSPH) East Baltimore campus. Students in all of our programs have the unique opportunity to take classes on both the Homewood and East Baltimore campuses in order to complete their degree requirements.

Students in the PhD in Environmental Health  program select from one of four tracks:

Track in Exposure Sciences and Environmental Epidemiology (ESEE)

Track in Environmental Sustainability, Resilience, and Health (ESRH)

Track in Health Security (HS)

Track in Toxicology, Physiology, and Molecular Mechanisms (TPMM)

PhD in Environmental Health Program Highlights

Fully funded.

PhD students are guaranteed tuition, health insurance, and stipend coverage for 5 years. Health Security students receive four years of funding.


Opportunities to work across departments in the Schools of Public Health, Engineering, and more

Write and Publish

Help with academic writing and grant proposals embedded into coursework, with opportunities to learn from published faculty and peers

Teaching Training

Teaching assistantships, training, and support for learning to teach, and opportunities for paid TA positions as well

What Can You Do With a Graduate Degree In Environmental Health?

Sample careers.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Senior Consultant
  • Data Scientist
  • EnvironmentalToxicologist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Postdoctoral Fellow

Curriculum for the PhD in Environmental Health

Browse an overview of the requirements for this PhD program in the JHU  Academic Catalogue .

Admissions Requirements

For the general admissions requirements see our How to Apply page.

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized test scores are  not required and not reviewed  for this program. If you have taken a standardized test such as the GRE, GMAT, or MCAT and want to submit your scores, please note that they will not be used as a metric during the application review.  Applications will be reviewed holistically based on all required application components.

Vivien Thomas PhD Scholars

The  Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative (VTSI)  is an endowed fellowship program at Johns Hopkins for PhD students in STEM fields. It provides full tuition, stipend, and benefits while also providing targeted mentoring, networking, community, and professional development opportunities. Students who have attended a historically Black college and university (HBCU) or other minority serving institution (MSI) for undergraduate study are eligible to apply. To be considered for the VTSI, you will need to submit a SOPHAS application, VTSI supplementary materials, and all supporting documents (letters, transcripts, and test scores) by December 1 , 202 3 . VTSI applicants are eligible for an application fee waiver , but the fee waiver must be requested by November 15, 202 3 and prior to submission of the SOPHAS application.

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Faculty Advisers

The following faculty may be willing to advise PhD students. If you identify a faculty member that you want to work with who is not on this list, we encourage you to ask them about their availability.

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Peter DeCarlo

Peter studies the chemical composition of gas particles in the air to improve our understanding of climate, air quality, and health impacts of pollutants.

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Paul Ferraro

Paul ­ is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor with joint appointments in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering and the Carey Business School. He is known for his research on behavioral economics and the design and estimation of impacts of environmental programs.

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Ciaran Harman

Ciaran, an associate professor of landscape hydrology and Russell Croft Faculty Scholar, studies how the structure of landscapes controls the movement of water from rainfall to streams, and how that structure evolves over time.

Thomas Hartung

Thomas Hartung

Thomas Hartung, MD, PhD, steers the revolution in toxicology to move away from 50+ year-old animal tests to organoid cultures and the use of artificial intelligence.

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Scot Miller

Scot Miller combines satellite data and statistics to understand greenhouse gas emissions across the globe.

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Roni A. Neff

Roni Neff, PhD '06, ScM, researches ways to cut food waste and address climate change through more resilient, equitable, and healthy food systems.

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Carsten Prasse

Carsten's research focuses on the occurrence and fate of organic contaminants in the urban water cycle and their impact on environmental and human health.

All full-time PhD students will receive the following support for the first five years of the program: full tuition, stipend, individual health insurance, University Health Services clinic fee, vision insurance, and dental insurance.

Need-Based Relocation Grants Students who  are admitted to PhD programs at JHU   starting in Fall 2023 or beyond can apply to receive a $1500 need-based grant to offset the costs of relocating to be able to attend JHU.   These grants provide funding to a portion of incoming students who, without this money, may otherwise not be able to afford to relocate to JHU for their PhD program. This is not a merit-based grant. Applications will be evaluated solely based on financial need.  View more information about the need-based relocation grants for PhD students .

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PhD in Environmental Health Sciences

Our students are trained to become global leaders in research and teaching in the broad, interdisciplinary field of environmental health sciences.

Graduates can be found working throughout the world, in both the public and private sectors. Graduates hold positions at top global universities; in national and international organizations; in local, state and federal government; in health advocacy organizations; and in the corporate sector.

While completing this program, our students work to:

  • Clarify critical gaps in scientific knowledge that impede the resolution of environmental health problems and plan and execute original research that will lead to solutions of such problems.
  • Conceive, develop and conduct original research leading to useful applications in environmental health sciences, toxicology, environmental health policy or industrial hygiene.
  • Apply advanced methodology to research projects in environmental health sciences and develop new research methods to address environmental health problems.
  • Develop and demonstrate written and oral communications skills by preparing papers, summaries, briefings and presentations regarding environmental health science.

Students must complete a minimum of four semesters of academic residence at UC Berkeley. While there are no specific course requirements for doctoral students, before taking their Preliminary Exam, it is expected that all students understand the principles of exposure and risk assessment, epidemiologic methods, and toxicology. If courses in these subjects have not been taken earlier, students may find it most efficient to take the core courses below in order to acquire the needed understanding.

  • PB HLTH 270A: Exposure Assessment and Control I (3 units) (fall)
  • PB HLTH 250B: Epidemiological Methods II (4 units) (spring) or other 200-level epidemiology course
  • PB HLTH 241: Statistical Analysis of Categorical Data (4 units) (spring) or other 200-level biostatistics course
  • NUSCTX 110/ PB HLTH 270B: Toxicology (4 units) (fall)
  • PH 220C: Health Risk Assessment, Regulation and Policy (3 units) (spring)
  • PB HLTH 271E: Science and Policy for Environment and Health (3 units) (spring)
  • PH 293: EHS Doctoral Seminar (1 unit) (every Fall)

Students must not only develop expertise in the major field but also in two minor fields (one of which must be outside of environmental health sciences), such as biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental law, environmental policy, or molecular and cell biology. These are selected in consultation with a faculty adviser and need to be appropriate for the student’s dissertation topic. Part of the student’s research effort will be devoted to the development of these two minor fields as well as a dissertation prospectus in preparation for the qualifying exam. Students are encouraged to take courses outside of Berkeley Public Health to enhance their understanding of other disciplines that may be important to their research areas. Students who are interested will have the opportunity to complete a Designated Emphasis (DE) in Computational and Genomic Biology .

In addition to standard coursework, students are required to take the doctoral seminar (PH 293) every Fall semester prior to advancement to candidacy, and should carry at least three units of independent research (PH 299) in each of their first two semesters and increased units of research in subsequent semesters. These courses, or equivalent, constitute the basis for the doctoral examinations.

This program can last from three to five years; students take courses during their first three to four semesters in preparation for their examinations. During the first year, each student works closely with their faculty adviser to ensure mastery of the material that will be covered in examinations. When students are ready, they take the preliminary exam, which requires writing an NIH-style proposal for research of interest. It is followed by an oral portion that may cover general knowledge in the environmental health field as well as details related to the submitted proposal. After successful completion of the preliminary exam, students are expected to take the qualifying exam within a few months. After students take the qualifying exam, a formal report on the results (signed by all committee members) is sent to UC Berkeley’s Graduate Division. When the student has satisfied all requirements and passed the qualifying examination, the student advances to candidacy and formally begins the dissertation process. The dissertation research should comprise sufficient original work to motivate at least three peer-reviewed first-authored publications.

This program requires a graduate group examination, qualifying examination, and formal approval and acceptance of a student’s dissertation. A committee of three UC Berkeley Academic Senate members guide students in research and judge the merits of their dissertation. A student’s principal research advisor is generally the chair of this committee and it is expected that students will be in close touch with their advisor throughout the process of formulating the dissertation project and carrying it through to completion.


Applicants should hold an MS or MPH in a related field, as well as display a clear research orientation and firm knowledge of research techniques.

This program is designed to prepare students for careers as independent researchers, educators or managers in the field of environmental health sciences.

Recommendations for Competitive Applicants

Submissions of GRE scores are optional but recommended for this program, especially if you have no other evidence of quantitative, verbal, or analytical abilities in your application.

Most successful applicants establish rapport with potential faculty mentors long before applying to the program. Prospective students applying directly to the program should contact faculty members whose research is of interest to them about the possibility of mentorship as soon as possible. Prospective applicants should closely read recent faculty research, recently funded grant abstracts, and be prepared to discuss with faculty how their specific skills, interests and career goals intersect with the activities in the faculty member’s research group. Most successful applicants are in communication with faculty about these issues no later than the summer before the application deadline.

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Core faculty.

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Justin Remais PhD, MS

Professor, Environmental Health Sciences

Joshua Apte PhD

Joshua Apte, PhD

Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences

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Sadie Costello, PhD, MPH

Associate Adjunct Professor, Environmental Health Sciences

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Rosemarie de la Rosa PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences

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Ellen Eisen ScD

Professor in Residence, Environmental Health Sciences

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Jay Graham PhD, MBA, MPH

Associate Professor in Residence, Environmental Health Sciences

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Ajay Pillarisetti, PhD, MPH

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Martyn Smith, PhD

Professor of the Graduate School

Affiliated Faculty

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Lisa F. Barcellos PhD, MPH

Professor, Epidemiology

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Jason Corburn, PhD, MCP

Professor, Public Health/City and Regional Planning

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Brenda Eskenazi MA, PhD

Professor Emeritus

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Alexandra K. Heaney PhD

Lecturer and Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Health Sciences

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Rachel Morello-Frosch PhD, MPH

Professor, Environmental Health Sciences; Community Health Sciences

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Adam Readhead, PhD, MPH

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Megan R. Schwarzman MD, MPH

Project Scientist and Continuing Lecturer, Environmental Health Sciences

Charlotte Smith PhD

Charlotte Smith PhD

Continuing Lecturer, Environmental Health Sciences

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Heather Tallis PhD

Visiting Professor, Environmental Health Sciences

Adjunct Faculty

Carisa Harris-Adamson PhD, CPE

Carisa Harris-Adamson PhD, CPE

Emeriti faculty.

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John Balmes MD

Professor Emeritus (UCSF), Environmental Health Sciences

Michael Bates

Michael Bates, PhD

Research Professor, Emeritus, Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences

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S. Katharine Hammond PhD, CIH

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Nina Holland PhD

Research Professor, Emeritus, Environmental Health Sciences

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Catherine Koshland PhD, MS, BA

Emeritus Professor

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Thomas E. McKone, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Environmental Health Sciences


Mark Nicas PhD, MPH, CIH

Emeritus, Adjunct Professor, Environmental Health Sciences

Stephen Rappaport PhD

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Robert Spear PhD

Professor Emeritus, Environmental Health

Edward T. F. Wei PhD

Edward T. F. Wei PhD

Professor Emeritus, Pharmacology

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The doctoral program cultivates scholars who are equipped to understand and develop solutions to complex environmental challenges.

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Program overview.

Doctoral students work with the school’s world-renowned faculty to collaboratively design cutting-edge research projects that engage them in scientific discovery, policy, public discourse, and action.  The five-year program is fully funded and independent of any faculty research grants, allowing doctoral students the intellectual freedom to explore the environmental issues that most inspire them. Students also have access to a broad array of resources across Yale University and its professional and graduate schools, including its faculty and library system.  Graduates complete the doctoral program having gained disciplinary depth and strong leadership skills that enable success in any career path — academic, government research, policy, nonprofits, and the private sector.

Doctoral students at YSE receive five years of guaranteed funding, independent of any faculty research grants, allowing doctoral students the intellectual freedom to explore the environmental issues that most inspire them.

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Combined Doctoral Degree Programs

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Required credit hours, additional program options.

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Research Independence and Funding

Doctoral students at YSE receive five years of guaranteed funding , independent of any faculty research grants, allowing doctoral students the intellectual freedom to explore the environmental issues that most inspire them.

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Working closely with some of the top experts in their fields is one of the advantages of a YSE doctoral degree. Our faculty are committed to mentoring the next generation of environmental leaders to tackle the world’s most urgent problems.

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Tracking Environmental and Infrastructure Damage in Ukraine

As co-leader of Black Marble, NASA’s light dataset, Eleanor Stokes '18 PhD is currently tracking the effects of Russian military strikes on Ukraine’s infrastructure and climate-induced natural disasters across the world. NASA’s Black Marble science team, which uses data from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite aboard NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite spacecraft  to map  disaster impacts in vulnerable communities , was awarded the 2020 NASA Group Achievement Award for helping realize the vision of the  NASA-ESA-JAXA COVID dashboard  and enabling international partnership in a time of need.  “Humanity is facing major global risks from extreme weather and rising sea levels,” Stokes says. “It’s very important to have a satellite record that can speak to the human piece of the puzzle.

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Redefining Human-Wildlife Conflict

In the Tibetan Plateau, Yufang Gao ’14 MESc, ’23 PhD interviews, observes, and travels with Tibetan herders and Buddhist monks. He sets up camera traps and collects scat to analyze the diet of snow leopards. And he has hiked a mountainside 15,000 feet above sea level — all in pursuit of data for his dissertation focused on the quest for harmonious coexistence between people and large carnivores. What is needed for human-wildlife coexistence is a different perspective about conflict, Gao says. “Conflict,” he has found, “is part of coexistence.”

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Tracking Forest Inventory

Richard Guldin ’76 MFS, ’79 PhD  has helped reinvent the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program by integrating new sampling designs, field procedures, and innovative software to create an annual inventory that has become a global model. His work earned him the Society of American Foresters’ Sir William Schlich Award.

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Elisabeth Barsa is the contact for students interested in the YSE doctoral program.

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Ph.D. in Environmental Policy

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  • Students: 13
  • Students receiving Financial Aid: 100%
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  • Application terms: Fall
  • Application deadline: December 14

Erika Weinthal Director of Graduate Studies University Program in Environmental Policy Duke University Box 90328 Durham, NC 27708-0328 Phone: (919) 613-8002

Email:  [email protected]


Program Description

The University Program in Environmental Policy (UPEP) is a multidisciplinary, research-focused five-year doctoral degree, intended to prepare candidates for positions in applied academic departments and professional schools (e.g., environment and natural resources, public policy, public administration, international affairs), domestic and international public agencies and environmental organizations, research institutes, and policy consulting firms.  Although the program is multidisciplinary, it is designed to ensure that students have strength in a particular social science discipline.  Students designate their concentration when applying and currently may select either environmental economics or environmental politics.

Students interested in doctoral studies at Duke can also study the environment from a social science perspective through the disciplinary PhD program in Economics and PhD program in Political Science, and the interdisciplinary PhD program in Marine Science and Conservation.  Students interested in an applied social science degree without a specific focus on the environment should apply to the PhD program in Public Policy Studies.  Students interested in natural science aspects of the environment should consider the PhD program in Environment, PhD program in Earth and Ocean Sciences, PhD program in Marine Science and Conservation, and PhD program in Ecology.

UPEP is the first and only PhD program in the United States jointly administered by a school of the environment and a school of public policy.  It provides a focal point for faculty and graduate students in the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Sanford School of Public Policy who are interested in environmental policy.  It draws on the intellectual resources of not only the two schools but also related disciplinary departments (Economics, Political Science) and other professional schools (Law School, Fuqua School, Pratt School of Engineering) at Duke.  Faculty in the program conduct research on economic and political aspects of a wide range of topics, including air and water quality, biodiversity conservation, climate change, community resources management, corporate sustainability, ecosystem services, energy, environmental health, fisheries, forests, freshwater, and marine resources, in both U.S. and international contexts.  Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty members with related interests to learn more about their current research projects and interest in accepting new doctoral students.

Students in the program:

  • A set of common requirements, including courses in the political-economic theory of public policy (PUBPOL 901/902, 6 credits), a series of research workshops leading to the dissertation proposal (ENV 834S, 4.5 credits), and at least one course in environmental/resource economics (3+ credits).
  • Disciplinary concentration requirements, including core theory (6+ credits) and research methods (6+ credits) in economics or political science, and corresponding environmental field courses (i.e., environmental economics or environmental politics; (6 credits).
  • As needed, appropriate training in natural sciences relevant to the student's research.  The level and content of such training is flexible and is worked out in consultation with the student's advisor and committee.
  • Regularly attend and participate in one or more research seminars in which faculty and others present their research.
  • Attain dissertation status, including meeting qualifying requirements and passing the preliminary exam, by the end of the third year.
  • Pass a final examination, which consists of an oral dissertation defense to an approved supervisory committee.  This is typically completed by the end of the fifth year.  A successful Environmental Policy PhD dissertation must constitute a significant contribution to policy-relevant knowledge, either through innovative application of social science methods to environmental policy problems, or by innovation in theory or methods appropriate for addressing environmental policy problems.

Students normally receive a stipend and a scholarship to cover tuition and fees for up to five years of study if they maintain satisfactory progress toward their degree.  Support during the first 2-3 years is usually in return for service as a teaching assistant, with support during the remainder of the program expected to come from research grants managed by a student's major professor.  Some students also compete successfully for fellowships offered by the Graduate School and other sources at Duke.  Applicants are encouraged to explore external sources of fellowship support (e.g., National Science Foundation) during the application process.

Students in the program can interact with researchers at several centers and institutes at Duke University including the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, the Center on Global Change, the Duke Global Health Institute, the Social Science Research Institute, the Duke Center for International Development, and the Triangle Census Research Data Center.  They can also interact with visiting researchers through two research seminar series supported by UPEP--the Environmental Institutions Seminar Series held at Duke and the regional Triangle Resource and Environmental Economics Seminar Series organized by Duke, North Carolina State University, UNC Chapel Hill, and Research Triangle Institute, along with numerous other seminar series in the Nicholas School, the Sanford School, the Departments of Economics and Political Science, and other Duke schools, departments, institutes, and centers.

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Finished/defended and running PhD theses

  • Ahsan, Mehedi (2022 est): Title tbc. University of Potsdam.
  • Glockmann, Manon (2021 est.): Title tbc. University of Potsdam
  • Krummenauer, Linda (2021 est.) A global assessment of heat-mortality relationships impacting urban population. University of Potsdam.
  • Li, Yunfei (2021 est.) : Modeling urban climate in view of past and future urbanization as well as mono- and polycentrism , University of Potsdam.
  • Landholm-Haight, David Milan (2021 est.) : Climate change mitigation potential through land use change . Humboldt University Berlin.
  • Khadak Singh Mahata (2020): Spatiotemporal Variations of Key Air Pollutants and Greenhouse Gases in the Himalayan Foothills. University of Potsdam, Dept. Geo- and Environmental Sciences.
  • Ford, Alistair Christian (2019): Integrated Land-use Transport Models for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation . Newcastle University/Faculty of Engineering Sciences.
  • Sterzel, Till (2019): Analyzing global typologies of socio-ecological vulnerability: The cases of human security in drylands, and rapid coastal urbanization . University of Potsdam/Dept. of Environ. Sciences and Geography, [ Access ].
  • Becker, Stefanie Lyn (2018): From regimes to grassroots innovations: a framework for understanding the causes and barriers to community-based initiatives and their impacts on transitions . University of Potsdam/Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences [ Access ].
  • Gudipudi, Ramana Venkata (2017): Cities and Global Sustainability: Insights from emission and ecological efficiency . University of Potsdam/Dept. Geo- & Environmental Science, [ Access ] .
  • Bin Zhou (2017): On the Assessment of Surface Urban Heat Islands: size, urban form, and seasonality . University of Potsdam/Dept. Geo- & Environmental Science, [ Access ] .
  • Prahl, Boris (2017): On damage functions for the estimation of storm loss and their generalization for climate related hazards , Free University of Berlin/Dept. of Geosciences, [ Access ].
  • Olonscheck, Mady (2017): Climate change impacts on electricity and residential energy demand , University of Potsdam/Dept. Geo- & Environmental Science, [ Access ].
  • Gutsch, Martin (2016): Model based analysis of climate change impacts on the productivity of oak-pine forests in Brandenburg , University of Potsdam/Dept. Geo- & Environmental Science, [ Access ]
  • Böttle, Markus (2016): Coastal Floods in View of Sea Level Rise: Assessing Damage Costs and Adaptation Measures , University of Potsdam/Dept. Geo- & Environmental Science, [ Access ].
  • Pradhan, Prajal (2015): Food Demand and Supply under Global Change , University of Potsdam/Dept. Geo- & Environmental Science, [ Access ].
  • Lissner, Tabea (2014): Limitations to human livelihoods and well-being in the context of climate change , Humboldt University Berlin/Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, [ Access ].
  • Kit, Oleksandr (2014): Automated identification of slums in Hyderabad using high resolution satellite imagery , Humboldt University Berlin/Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, [ Access] .
  • Costa, Luis (2013): Adaptation to Climate Change and its Costs in a Carbon Constrained World , University of Greifswald, [ Access ].
  • Tekken, Vera (2013): Socioeconomic vulnerability to climate change: a regional assessment in the context of water stress and tourism development in north-eastern Morocco , University of Greifswald, [ Access ].
  • Holsten, Anne (2013): Climate Change vulnerability Assessments in the Regional Context , University of Potsdam/Dept. Geo- & Environmental Science, [ Access ].
  • Sietz, Diana (2011): Dryland vulnerability – Typical patterns and dynamics in support of vulnerability reduction efforts , University of Potsdam/Dept. Geo- & Environmental Science, [ Access ].
  • Reckien, Diana (2007): Intraregional migration in old industrialised regions - Qualitative Modelling of household location decisions as an input to policy and plan making in Leipzig/Germany and Wirral/Liverpool/UK , University of Marburg, [ Access ].
  • Kallache, Malaak (2007): Trends and Extreme Values of River Discharge Time Series , University of Bayreuth/Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences, [ Access ].
  • Rust, Henning (2007): Detection of long-range dependence: application in climate and hydrology . University of Potsdam/Dept. of Physics, [ Access ].
  • Eisenack, Klaus (2006): Model Ensembles for Natural Resource Management , Free University Berlin/Faculty of Mathematiks and Information Sciences, [ Access ].

Finished master theses

  • Thapa, Pratibha (2020): Monitoring Sustainable Development Goals: How selection of indicator matters?” , MBA International Management of Resources and Environment, Technical University of Bergakademie Freiberg.
  • Foong, Adrian (2019): Evolution of consumption-based agricultural emissions in the last decades , MSc. Environmental Sciences, University Koblenz-Landau.
  • Garcia Chavez, Oscar Jesus (2019): Influence of vegetation and water bodies on urban cool island intensity in the biggest clusters of Mexico , MSc. Global Change Management, Eberswalde University of Sustainable Development.
  • Putra, Panji (2019): Water, energy and food security nexus under climate change in South Asia , MSc. Environmental and Resource Management, Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus–Senftenberg.
  • Seydewitz , Tobias (2019): Global assessment of deforestation drivers across the tropics: impacts on carbon stocks and ecosystem service , MSc. Forest Information Technology, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development.
  • Warchold, Anne (2019): Categorization of sustainable development goal (SDG) interactions at regional and global scale , M.Sc. Management Science, University of Leipzig.
  • Reitemeyer, Fabian (2019): Erstellung einer Treibhausgasbilanz für Bezirke und Vergleich mit einer verbraucherbasierten Treibhausgasbilanz mit direkten und indirekten Emissionen , MSc. Geoecology, University Potsdam.
  • Ganzenmüller, Raphael (2018): Exploration of Sectoral Greenhouse Gas Emission Dynamics and Sustainable Low-Carbon Pathways . MSc. Sustainability, Society and the Environment, Christian Albrecht University Kiel.
  • Schägg, Elena (2018): Political rationalities and visions of change of repair cafés in Berlin , MSc. Integrated Natural Resource Management, Humboldt University.
  • Zenina, Evetta (2017): Environmental and Technical efficiency of agricultural production: a global study on the influence of trade liberalization, MSc. Integrated Natural Resource Management, Humboldt University Berlin
  • Akuraju, Vamsidhar (2017): Sustainability of cities: Urban scaling and Sustainable Development Goal 11 indicators , MSc. Environmental and Resource Management, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg.
  • Wu, Kai-Ti (2017): Probabilistic Elementary and Game of Life Cellular Automata Models applied to Urban Spatiotemporal Patterns - Case Study from China as an example , Technical University Berlin.
  • Askew, Stefan (2015): Governance Innovations in the Transition towards Sustainability: A Case Study of the Freiland Project in Potsdam , University Graz, Austria
  • Gogoi, Pratiksha (2015): Challenges of the groundwater supply system in Khulna city, Bangladesh, and foreseeable consequences of climate change , MSc. Urban Management, Technical University Berlin.
  • Haussmann, Sarah (2015): Network and organizational structure of sustainability initiatives in Germany , Universität Freiburg.
  • Ceren Hiç (2014): An Estimation of Food Waste and its Implications on Food Security and Environment , MSc. Agricultural Economics, Humboldt University Berlin.
  • Natalie Ward (2014): The case for green space: Berlin's urban gardening initiatives and their contribution to ecosystem services , MSc. Global Change Management, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development.
  • Linda Krummenauer (2013): Deriving impact functions for heat related mortality in cities . MSc. Geography, University of Bonn.
  • Steffen Kriewald (2012): A dynamical couples model for a sustainable urban-bio-region . MSc. Physics, University Potsdam.
  • Franziska Kaiser (2012): Über die Phasenstatistik phänologischer Daten und den Einfluss des Klimawandels , MSc. in Physics, University Potsdam.
  • Iya I. Lowe (2012): Managing the Climate in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Sahel Syndrome in the Sahel Region , MSc. in Public Management, University Potsdam.
  • Bin Zhou (2012): Urban Heat Islands: A study based on a vast number of urban agglomerations , MSc. in Geography of Global Change, University of Freiburg.
  • Julia Marusczyk (2012): Climate Change Adaptation as a Process: Cost Implications for India's Agriculture , MSc. Global Change Management, Eberswalde University of Sustainable Development.
  • Mohamed Moustafa Fawzy (2012): Transitioning to Green Growth Economy: How to ensure the green economy models of development are sustainable for growth , MSc. Public Management, University Potsdam.
  • Sawako Tada (2012): The Role of Science in Risk Policy Making: The Case of the Nuclear Power Plant Accident in Fukushima , MSc. Public Management, University Potsdam
  • Jingjing He (2012): Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation into Poverty Reduction Planning in China , MSc. Public Management, University Potsdam.
  • Anto Dominic Raphael (2011): Evaluation of meteorological fire risk indices for German states , MSc. in Forest Information and Technology, Eberswalde University.
  • Martin Budde (2011): Klimaprojektionen und deren Unsicherheiten für die Region Hyderabad (Indien) auf der Basis der IPCC AR4 Rechnungen und lokaler Beobachtungsdaten , University Potsdam.
  • Dennis Möller (2011): Einfluss von Grosswetterlagen auf das Sturmflutverhalten in der Ostsee , MSc. Geography, University of Bonn.
  • Protze Nele (2010): Die räumliche Ausprägung der Hitzevulnerabilität städtischer Bevölkerung im Rahmen des globalen Klimawandels - Beispiel Berlin , MSc. Geography, Free University Berlin.
  • Mady Olonschek (2010): Development of the Future Heating and Cooling Energy Demand of Households in Germany under Climate Change , MSc. Geography.
  • Tabea Lissner (2008): Vulnerability Analysis for North-Rhine Westphalia - Climate Impacts on Human Health , MSc. Geography, Humboldt University.
  • Carsten Walther (2007): Multiregression-Clustering for classification of human-environment systems , MSc. in Physics, University Potsdam.
  • Dirk Rommeney (2006): A cellular automaton model for the simulation of urban land use , MSc. Geoecology, University Potsdam.
  • Jaime Rojas Hernandez (2006): Consumption dynamics of interdependent lifestyle groups , MSc. in Physics, University Potsdam.
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Research topics and ideas within the environmental sciences

Finding and choosing a strong research topic is the critical first step when it comes to crafting a high-quality dissertation, thesis or research project. Here, we’ll explore a variety research ideas and topic thought-starters related to various environmental science disciplines, including ecology, oceanography, hydrology, geology, soil science, environmental chemistry, environmental economics, and environmental ethics.

NB – This is just the start…

The topic ideation and evaluation process has multiple steps . In this post, we’ll kickstart the process by sharing some research topic ideas within the environmental sciences. This is the starting point though. To develop a well-defined research topic, you’ll need to identify a clear and convincing research gap , along with a well-justified plan of action to fill that gap.

If you’re new to the oftentimes perplexing world of research, or if this is your first time undertaking a formal academic research project, be sure to check out our free dissertation mini-course. Also be sure to also sign up for our free webinar that explores how to develop a high-quality research topic from scratch.

Overview: Environmental Topics

  • Ecology /ecological science
  • Atmospheric science
  • Oceanography
  • Soil science
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Environmental economics
  • Environmental ethics
  • Examples  of dissertations and theses

Topics & Ideas: Ecological Science

  • The impact of land-use change on species diversity and ecosystem functioning in agricultural landscapes
  • The role of disturbances such as fire and drought in shaping arid ecosystems
  • The impact of climate change on the distribution of migratory marine species
  • Investigating the role of mutualistic plant-insect relationships in maintaining ecosystem stability
  • The effects of invasive plant species on ecosystem structure and function
  • The impact of habitat fragmentation caused by road construction on species diversity and population dynamics in the tropics
  • The role of ecosystem services in urban areas and their economic value to a developing nation
  • The effectiveness of different grassland restoration techniques in degraded ecosystems
  • The impact of land-use change through agriculture and urbanisation on soil microbial communities in a temperate environment
  • The role of microbial diversity in ecosystem health and nutrient cycling in an African savannah

Topics & Ideas: Atmospheric Science

  • The impact of climate change on atmospheric circulation patterns above tropical rainforests
  • The role of atmospheric aerosols in cloud formation and precipitation above cities with high pollution levels
  • The impact of agricultural land-use change on global atmospheric composition
  • Investigating the role of atmospheric convection in severe weather events in the tropics
  • The impact of urbanisation on regional and global atmospheric ozone levels
  • The impact of sea surface temperature on atmospheric circulation and tropical cyclones
  • The impact of solar flares on the Earth’s atmospheric composition
  • The impact of climate change on atmospheric turbulence and air transportation safety
  • The impact of stratospheric ozone depletion on atmospheric circulation and climate change
  • The role of atmospheric rivers in global water supply and sea-ice formation

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Topics & Ideas: Oceanography

  • The impact of ocean acidification on kelp forests and biogeochemical cycles
  • The role of ocean currents in distributing heat and regulating desert rain
  • The impact of carbon monoxide pollution on ocean chemistry and biogeochemical cycles
  • Investigating the role of ocean mixing in regulating coastal climates
  • The impact of sea level rise on the resource availability of low-income coastal communities
  • The impact of ocean warming on the distribution and migration patterns of marine mammals
  • The impact of ocean deoxygenation on biogeochemical cycles in the arctic
  • The role of ocean-atmosphere interactions in regulating rainfall in arid regions
  • The impact of ocean eddies on global ocean circulation and plankton distribution
  • The role of ocean-ice interactions in regulating the Earth’s climate and sea level

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Tops & Ideas: Hydrology

  • The impact of agricultural land-use change on water resources and hydrologic cycles in temperate regions
  • The impact of agricultural groundwater availability on irrigation practices in the global south
  • The impact of rising sea-surface temperatures on global precipitation patterns and water availability
  • Investigating the role of wetlands in regulating water resources for riparian forests
  • The impact of tropical ranches on river and stream ecosystems and water quality
  • The impact of urbanisation on regional and local hydrologic cycles and water resources for agriculture
  • The role of snow cover and mountain hydrology in regulating regional agricultural water resources
  • The impact of drought on food security in arid and semi-arid regions
  • The role of groundwater recharge in sustaining water resources in arid and semi-arid environments
  • The impact of sea level rise on coastal hydrology and the quality of water resources

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Topics & Ideas: Geology

  • The impact of tectonic activity on the East African rift valley
  • The role of mineral deposits in shaping ancient human societies
  • The impact of sea-level rise on coastal geomorphology and shoreline evolution
  • Investigating the role of erosion in shaping the landscape and impacting desertification
  • The impact of mining on soil stability and landslide potential
  • The impact of volcanic activity on incoming solar radiation and climate
  • The role of geothermal energy in decarbonising the energy mix of megacities
  • The impact of Earth’s magnetic field on geological processes and solar wind
  • The impact of plate tectonics on the evolution of mammals
  • The role of the distribution of mineral resources in shaping human societies and economies, with emphasis on sustainability

Topics & Ideas: Soil Science

  • The impact of dam building on soil quality and fertility
  • The role of soil organic matter in regulating nutrient cycles in agricultural land
  • The impact of climate change on soil erosion and soil organic carbon storage in peatlands
  • Investigating the role of above-below-ground interactions in nutrient cycling and soil health
  • The impact of deforestation on soil degradation and soil fertility
  • The role of soil texture and structure in regulating water and nutrient availability in boreal forests
  • The impact of sustainable land management practices on soil health and soil organic matter
  • The impact of wetland modification on soil structure and function
  • The role of soil-atmosphere exchange and carbon sequestration in regulating regional and global climate
  • The impact of salinization on soil health and crop productivity in coastal communities

Topics & Ideas: Environmental Chemistry

  • The impact of cobalt mining on water quality and the fate of contaminants in the environment
  • The role of atmospheric chemistry in shaping air quality and climate change
  • The impact of soil chemistry on nutrient availability and plant growth in wheat monoculture
  • Investigating the fate and transport of heavy metal contaminants in the environment
  • The impact of climate change on biochemical cycling in tropical rainforests
  • The impact of various types of land-use change on biochemical cycling
  • The role of soil microbes in mediating contaminant degradation in the environment
  • The impact of chemical and oil spills on freshwater and soil chemistry
  • The role of atmospheric nitrogen deposition in shaping water and soil chemistry
  • The impact of over-irrigation on the cycling and fate of persistent organic pollutants in the environment

Topics & Ideas: Environmental Economics

  • The impact of climate change on the economies of developing nations
  • The role of market-based mechanisms in promoting sustainable use of forest resources
  • The impact of environmental regulations on economic growth and competitiveness
  • Investigating the economic benefits and costs of ecosystem services for African countries
  • The impact of renewable energy policies on regional and global energy markets
  • The role of water markets in promoting sustainable water use in southern Africa
  • The impact of land-use change in rural areas on regional and global economies
  • The impact of environmental disasters on local and national economies
  • The role of green technologies and innovation in shaping the zero-carbon transition and the knock-on effects for local economies
  • The impact of environmental and natural resource policies on income distribution and poverty of rural communities

Topics & Ideas: Environmental Ethics

  • The ethical foundations of environmentalism and the environmental movement regarding renewable energy
  • The role of values and ethics in shaping environmental policy and decision-making in the mining industry
  • The impact of cultural and religious beliefs on environmental attitudes and behaviours in first world countries
  • Investigating the ethics of biodiversity conservation and the protection of endangered species in palm oil plantations
  • The ethical implications of sea-level rise for future generations and vulnerable coastal populations
  • The role of ethical considerations in shaping sustainable use of natural forest resources
  • The impact of environmental justice on marginalized communities and environmental policies in Asia
  • The ethical implications of environmental risks and decision-making under uncertainty
  • The role of ethics in shaping the transition to a low-carbon, sustainable future for the construction industry
  • The impact of environmental values on consumer behaviour and the marketplace: a case study of the ‘bring your own shopping bag’ policy

Examples: Real Dissertation & Thesis Topics

While the ideas we’ve presented above are a decent starting point for finding a research topic, they are fairly generic and non-specific. So, it helps to look at actual dissertations and theses to see how this all comes together.

Below, we’ve included a selection of research projects from various environmental science-related degree programs to help refine your thinking. These are actual dissertations and theses, written as part of Master’s and PhD-level programs, so they can provide some useful insight as to what a research topic looks like in practice.

  • The physiology of microorganisms in enhanced biological phosphorous removal (Saunders, 2014)
  • The influence of the coastal front on heavy rainfall events along the east coast (Henson, 2019)
  • Forage production and diversification for climate-smart tropical and temperate silvopastures (Dibala, 2019)
  • Advancing spectral induced polarization for near surface geophysical characterization (Wang, 2021)
  • Assessment of Chromophoric Dissolved Organic Matter and Thamnocephalus platyurus as Tools to Monitor Cyanobacterial Bloom Development and Toxicity (Hipsher, 2019)
  • Evaluating the Removal of Microcystin Variants with Powdered Activated Carbon (Juang, 2020)
  • The effect of hydrological restoration on nutrient concentrations, macroinvertebrate communities, and amphibian populations in Lake Erie coastal wetlands (Berg, 2019)
  • Utilizing hydrologic soil grouping to estimate corn nitrogen rate recommendations (Bean, 2019)
  • Fungal Function in House Dust and Dust from the International Space Station (Bope, 2021)
  • Assessing Vulnerability and the Potential for Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in Sudan’s Blue Nile Basin (Mohamed, 2022)
  • A Microbial Water Quality Analysis of the Recreational Zones in the Los Angeles River of Elysian Valley, CA (Nguyen, 2019)
  • Dry Season Water Quality Study on Three Recreational Sites in the San Gabriel Mountains (Vallejo, 2019)
  • Wastewater Treatment Plan for Unix Packaging Adjustment of the Potential Hydrogen (PH) Evaluation of Enzymatic Activity After the Addition of Cycle Disgestase Enzyme (Miessi, 2020)
  • Laying the Genetic Foundation for the Conservation of Longhorn Fairy Shrimp (Kyle, 2021).

Looking at these titles, you can probably pick up that the research topics here are quite specific and narrowly-focused , compared to the generic ones presented earlier. To create a top-notch research topic, you will need to be precise and target a specific context with specific variables of interest . In other words, you’ll need to identify a clear, well-justified research gap.

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About the Environmental Sciences Doctoral Program

The School of Environmental Studies offers an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program that will help you reach your career goals in the extensive fields of environmental science.

Our Ph.D. program endeavors to be more than a traditional "academic" program. The interdisciplinary faculty works with our graduate students to develop the critical thinking necessary to solve critical, real world problems.

Ph.D. Concentrations in Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, and Integrated Research

The program offers five concentrations of study - Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, and Integrated Research and also addresses environmental impacts on society and culture. Course work in agriculture, geology and sociology are included as core courses outside the selected concentration. 

  • This cross-disciplinary approach prepares graduates for the 21st century workforce as projected by studies conducted by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Academy of Sciences (NAS).
  • If you have a Masters degree in either Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry or Geosciences, you can potentially complete your coursework in as little as 25 credit hours and the program in as little as three years!

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The Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program's mission is to advance scholarly knowledge and promote leadership necessary to effectively address environmental problems by incorporating multiple perspectives from the sciences and other disciplines in the program's teaching and research activities.

  • As an effective interdisciplinary scientist, it is essential to understand the impact of our human endeavors on the environment we inhabit.
  • Our program's approach insures that students become aware of a wide range of environmental concerns with emphasis on solving complex environmental problems and that their research includes a breadth of environmental understanding beyond the boundaries of a particular discipline.
  • This broader understanding allows our students the ability to design effective means of protecting human health and wildlife habitat for the future and gives insight for options related to undoing the consequences of past environmental neglect.
  • The ultimate goal of the program is to prepare students for careers in research, management, government service, teaching, and other areas where they can make productive contributions to the solution of environmental problems.

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A student must adhere to all policies and procedures governing graduate study at the University, as contained in the Graduate Catalog and administered by the Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies.


-A minimum of 61 semester credits of course work, including doctoral research and dissertation as follows:

  • A minimum of 43 semester credits of course work beyond the bachelor's degree.
  • Courses can be chosen from EVSA 6010, EVSB 6010, EVSC 6010, EVSG 6010, EVSS 6010 (Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, and Geosciences will choose four out of five options that are not associated with their course of study. The Integrated Research concentration may choose any four of the five options)
  • 1 hour of seminar - EVS 7910.
  • 12 hours of 7000-level elective courses which are committee recommended.
  • 18 hours of research and dissertation.

-Completion of all requirements for the degree, including the dissertation will be completed within a period of eight consecutive years. -Maintenance of a general grade point average of 3.0. -Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination. -Satisfactory presentation and defense of a doctoral dissertation.

The Environmental Sciences Ph.D. degree at Tennessee Tech is a research degree requiring an orally defended dissertation.

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Environmental Science


About This Program

The Ph.D. degree program in the School of the Environment is an extension of the Master's degree program that will prepare scientists to address environmental issues through innovative and applied research.

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The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Environmental Science requires a minimum of 80 semester hours to complete.

Degree requirements ensure that all Ph.D. candidates develop independent and critical thinking skills, have a broad knowledge-base of environmental science, and have an in-depth knowledge of their specialized area of study. This program utilizes graduate courses offered in other departments in the university that are complimentary to the program, as necessary. Completion of this degree program requires  80 credit hours of graduate-level course work and research, as well as maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point average throughout all coursework. Concentration offerings include:

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Policy & Risk Management
  • Aquatic & Terrestrial Ecology
  • Biomolecular Sciences

Total Credit Hours for Degree: ≤ 80 hrs Academic Course Curriculum (coming soon)

Your map to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Environmental Science Degree

A. core courses.

  • CHS 5610 Environmental Chemistry (4) w/L
  • EVR 5260 Source/Control of Environmental Pollution (3);
  • EVS 5905 Environmental Colloquium/Seminar (1)  *
  • EVR 6064 Prin Of Ecology (3)
  • EVR 5862 Env Policy & Managem
  • EVS 6885 Environmental Research Design & Analysis: (4);  w/Lab

*One hour course offered in the fall and spring semesters. All doctoral students, including those who have satisfied the minimum seminar requirements, are expected to participate in the Research Seminar every semester except the semester in which they defend their dissertation.

B. General Courses

  • EVS 6932 Special Topics (1-4)
  • EVS 6906 Directed Indep Study
  • EVS 6913 Supervised Research (1-9)
  • EVS 6980 Dissertation: (24 Credit Hours)
  • EVS 6818 Ecological Risk Assessment (3)
  • EVS 6933 Advanced Topics In Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology (3)
  • EVS 5027 Environmental Microbiology (3)
  • EVS 5028 Mole Biology Techniq (3)
  • EVS 5673 Bioremediation Applications & Techniques (3)
  • EVS 5896 Environmental Biotechnologies (3)
  • EVS 6798 Environmental Biosensors (3)
  • EVS 6887 Molecular Epidemiolo (3)
  • CHS 5610C Environmental Chemistry (3)
  • CHS 5105 Radiochemistry I (3)
  • CHS 5106 Radiochemistry II (3)
  • EVS 5603 Site Characterization & Soil Survey (3)
  • EVS 5655 Waste Treatment Disp (3)
  • EVS 5607 Environmental Radioactivity (3)
  • EVS 5693 Radiation Instruments And Measurements (3)
  • EVS 6029 Computational Methods In Environmental Sciences (3)
  • EVS 6705 Atmospheric Contaminant Transport (3)
  • EVS 6706 Fate And Transport Of Environmental Contaminants (3)
  • EVS 6815C Chemical Separation Techniques W/Lab (4)
  • GLY 5828 Environmental Fate and Transport of Contaminants (3);
  • RHT 5130 Sources and Control of Radioactive Waste (3)
  • RHT 5210 Principles Of Radiological Health (3)
  • RHT 5326 Internal Radiation Dosimetry (3)
  • RHT 5415 Radiological And Health Physics (3)
  • RHT 5948 Special Topics in Radiation Health Practice (1-3)
  • EVR 5863 Env Resour, Eco & Po (3)
  • EVR 5864 Environmental Policy And Risk Management (3)
  • EVR 5865 Environmental Risk Analysis (3)
  • EVR 5866 Principles Of Environmental Law Practices (3)
  • EVR 6265 Remote Sensing Of Environments (3)
  • EVS 5862 Environmental Regulations And Regulatory Agencies (2)
  • EVS 6883 Environmental Decision Making: (3)

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Protect and preserve the environment in new ways.

The MSc and PhD in Environmental Sciences are offered through our  School of Environmental Sciences (SES)  in three areas of focus: Earth and Atmospheric Science , Ecosystem Science and Biodiversity , and Plant and Environmental Health . Students in both programs develop a high level of knowledge in the field of environmental science, as well as expertise in specific aspects relating to their research. 

  Applied training and skills

Graduate with training in laboratory and field techniques, and an excellent foundation in writing and oral communication.

  Research-based studies

Alongside faculty and other students, you will develop, conduct and publish impactful research on your area of environmental focus.

  Collaborative specializations

Pursue a collaborative specialization and explore your research topic from a unique focal point: International Development , One Health or Toxicology .

  Leading research centres

Work with  CREATE Climate-Smart Soils , Soils at Guelph , Aquatic Ecotoxicology , the  Insect Collection , the  Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility , and the  Honey Bee Research Centre .

  World-class faculty

Tap into the knowledge, expertise and research of the 30+ faculty and 100+ technical staff in the School of Environmental Sciences .


SES is committed to providing a learner-centered environmental science education to undergraduate and graduate students – one that is second to none in North America.

  • Environmental Organic Chemistry
  • Topics in Atmospheric Science
  • Pollinator Conservation
  • Biogeochemistry of Wetlands Landscapes
  • Soil Survey and Interpretation
  • Forest Ecosystem Dynamics
  • Environmental Remediation

The above is just a sample of your course options.   View all courses here .

This program is offered in-person at either our Guelph campus or Ridgetown Campus, depending on your supervising faculty member.

MSc graduates will possess a strong foundation on which they can be highly successful in science-related positions in government, industry, and consulting, or carry out high quality research at the PhD level.

Doctoral students will be prepared to provide leadership as scholars in academic institutions, as research managers and directors in industry, and in leadership research positions in government sector and in other social institutions. 

Examples include:

  • Research associate /scientist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Regulator 

Graduates from the School of Environmental Science have careers in diverse fields. We recently conducted a career destination survey of 541 master’s and 198 PhD graduates of the school. View the results here: 

  • Master's Destinations - SES Fact Sheet (PDF)
  • Doctoral Destinations - SES Fact Sheet (PDF)
  • MSc students receive a minimum funding of $16,500 per year over a 2-year eligibility period
  • PhD students receive a minimum funding of $20,500 per year over a 4-year eligibility period

Additional funding is available for NSERC scholars and international students. Teaching assistantships worth an additional $2,950 are guaranteed for domestic MSc students, and international and domestic PhD students.

More details on funding your graduate studies in the School of Environmental Sciences here .

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More information on MSc and PhD courses and admission requirements can be found here.

Meet Your Profs

In my lab we conduct research on the causes of honey bee mortality. Because in the past seven years, honey bees have been declining at an alarming rate. And we want to know what factors are affecting the health and behaviour of honey bees and above all we want to find solutions to those problems.

Dr. Ernesto Guzman , Faculty Professor, School of Environmental Sciences Hear more from Dr. Guzman

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My group studies an aspect of climate change that's called mitigation. We're interested in identifying things that people can do to reduce climate change.

Dr. Claudia Wagner-Riddle , Faculty Professor, School of Environmental Sciences Hear more from Dr. Wagner-Riddle

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My research is important because we look at the interface between agriculture and the environment. So we're trying to address grower issues and match that with the environment.

Dr. Laura Van Eerd , Faculty Professor, School of Environmental Sciences Hear more from Dr. Van Eerd

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My research, there are two aspects. One is to produce plants in an environmentally friendly way and sustainable way, and another is to use horticulture technology to improve our environment and to help build a sustainable society.

Dr. Youbin Zheng , Faculty Professor, School of Environmental Sciences Hear more from Dr. Zheng

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I'm often asked the question, "How are the native bees and native pollinators doing in the province?" and it's really hard to give a satisfactory answer. So we're trying to monitor the biodiversity of those pollinators and look at how that varies across time and space.

Dr. Nigel Raine , Faculty Professor, School of Environmental Sciences Hear more from Dr. Raine

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Soil is helping us to grow more than 95% of the food. We really want to understand how crops are growing while maintaining our environment wherever we are.

Dr. Asim Biswas , Faculty Professor, School of Environmental Sciences Hear more from Dr. Biswas

How to Apply

The University uses an on-line application system which must be used to apply to our programs.

Prior to applying, applicants need to obtain the support of a faculty member willing to serve as their thesis advisor. This ensures that a potential applicant has thoroughly investigated the feasibility of graduate work in the School of Environmental Sciences prior to submitting an application. 

Once your application is complete it will be considered by the School of Environmental Sciences Graduate Admissions Committee.  Admissions decisions will be based on academic standing, reference letters, CV, statement of interest and availability of space and financial support (in the case of MSc and PhD students). See Admission Requirements below.

More details on the U of G graduate program application process here.

How to Find a Thesis Advisor

Interested applicants should identify faculty members with whom you share research interests and then contact them directly to discuss the possibility of working with them.

  • Please refer to the SES Research page for a list of faculty members and their research interests. Click on the faculty members' names to learn more about their research and to view their contact information. 
  • You can also view current open graduate study opportunities in the School of Environmental Science here .

It is recommended that you contact faculty members through email. Within your email, outline your academic and professional backgrounds as relates to your research area of interest, what you are currently doing, and what you hope to end up doing (i.e., why you are interested in pursuing a graduate program). It may be helpful to provide a copy of your CV as an attachment to the email.

Admission Requirements - MSc

  • A four-year, honours science degree with a minimum B- (70-72%) average during the final two years (4 semesters) of full-time undergraduate study. 
  • Meeting the minimum requirement (B-) does not guarantee entrance; depending on other criteria (e.g., letters of reference, standardized test scores, academic background relevant to the area to which the applicant has applied, degree of work experience in related fields of study) students may be considered for admission with provisional status. Students on provisional status must obtain a “B” average (73%) with no individual grade lower than 70% in at least two graduate courses during their first two semesters of study to continue in the program. Provisional students will be funded at the same level as regular students.
  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • A Statement of Interest (see below for more information)
  • Transcripts for all post-secondary education (university level)
  • Academic references (two minimum)

View the full admission requirements here.

Admission Requirements - PhD

Admission to the PhD program is generally restricted to students with a recognized MSc degree in a related field obtained with a minimum academic standing of “A-“ (≥80%) in their postgraduate studies. 

  • Students who meet the minimum University requirement (73-76%) but not the School requirement (≥80%) may be considered depending on other criteria (e.g., letters of reference, standardized test scores, academic background relevant to the area to which the applicant has applied, degree of work experience in related field of study) for admission with provisional status.
  • Students on provisional status must obtain an “A-“ (≥80%) and no individual mark below 80% average in at least two graduate courses during their first two semesters of study to continue in the program. Provisional students will be funded at the same level as regular students. 
  • In exceptional cases, students may enter the PhD program directly from a BSc (Hons) if they have the minimum requirements as defined by the Office of Studies, University of Guelph.

Applicants to the PhD are required to submit the following documents as part of their application:

Application Deadlines

  • Admission is ongoing and applications are accepted throughout the year. 
  • Students may start their MSc or PhD programs in the Winter semester (January), Summer semester (May) or Fall semester (September). 
  • Please note that while there are no specific deadlines for applying to the MSc or PhD programs, processing graduate applications can take approximately 6-8 weeks. Please plan to apply at least that many weeks before your intended start date.  International students will need extra lead time due to processing of student permits.  It is suggested international students apply at least 9 months before their intended start date.

Tips for Writing a Statement of Interest

A Statement of Interest is a crucial part of most graduate school applications. It may also be called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar. The statement is generally in the form of a short essay. Basically, it is your opportunity to tell the graduate program:

  • Your specific area of academic interest (research topic you want to work on)
  • How your past education and other experiences have prepared you to be successful in the graduate program
  • What you hope to achieve in the graduate program
  • Why this particular program is the best place for you to pursue your interests

Other tips for a strong Statement of Interest:

  • State any work you have done in this area already (mention specific skills/techniques you have learned)
  • Mention any publications, presentations, or conferences you have been a part of
  • Connect your area of interest to work being done in the program (mention specific faculty members and projects)
  • Note for MSc or PhD applicants, there is a greater chance of success is if you've already contacted a faculty member who has shown interest

Remember: You are building a case that you are focused, skilled, enthusiastic, and a great match for the program.

Helpful Tips for Applying

  • Students must be proficient in the use of the English language, both written and oral. If your first language is not English, you will be required to submit the results of a standardized language test. Please refer to the Office of Graduate Studies website for the required English Language Proficiency acceptable tests and required scores .
  • More resources for international applicants are available on the U of G Graduate & Postdoctoral website.
  • Details on monitoring your application status and offer can be found at the Office of Graduate Studies website .
  • There’s lots of helpful information available on the U of G Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies FAQ webpage .

Additional Environmental Science Options

You may also be interested in the Master of Environmental Sciences (Course-based).

For questions on applying and admissions, contact: 

School of Environmental Sciences   [email protected]  519-824-4120, Ext. 53937 

For general questions on graduate program options, contact:

Leigh West, Manager, Graduate Recruitment & Programs Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) [email protected]  519-824-4120 Ext. 52771

Hear from Environmental Sciences Graduate Students

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My research focuses in the area of controlled environment agriculture which is anything from greenhouses to vertical farms. It reduces the transportation distances, it substantially reduces the water we need to grow the plants, and we also can eliminate the use of pesticides.

Rosemary Brockett , Graduate Student MSc in Environmental Sciences Hear more from Rosemary

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My research centres on controlling phosphorus loss from agricultural lands into surface waters, Lake Erie being my prime target. Controlling P loss and eventual algae bloom means reducing the negative impacts.

Francis Opoku , Graduate Student PhD in Environmental Sciences, Ridgetown Campus Hear more from Francis

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My research is assessing the influence of the chemical properties of various forms of manure on the molecular structure of soil organic matter. My research aims to see how differences in their chemical forms affect sustainable production of grain crops in Ontario.

Ibrahim Mohammed , Graduate Student PhD in Environmental Sciences Hear more from Ibrahim

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I decided to pursue graduate studies at the University of Guelph because of the fantastic environmental toxicology program and I wanted to do research under my two advisors (Dr. Ryan Prosser and Dr. Paul Sibley).

Moira Ijzerman , Graduate Student MSc in Environmental Sciences Hear more from Moira

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In graduate school, it's a more advanced stage of learning, a little less structured, and expectations are higher. My experience has been a great one so far as I have learned to be more focused, proactive, independent, think outside the box, and create a structure that works for me.

Busayo Kodaolu , Graduate Student PhD in Environmental Sciences Hear more from Busayo

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I decided to pursue a graduate degree based on my career path, interest in research, and love for U of G. I am interested in pursuing a career in the agricultural research field, and for this, a master’s degree is an asset. U of G is a highly rated research university, especially in the field of agriculture, and the professors here are incredible.

Robin Bradley MSc Student

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Influence of land use and land cover changes on groundwater recharge and pollution in stony Athi Subcatchment, Kajiado County, Kenya 


Implications of biodivesity conservation on food security around volcanoes national park, Rwanda 


Development control and standards in decentralized Sanitation systems in Karengata and Ongata Rongai, Kenya 


Nexus between Infrastructure Public Policy Planning, Land Speculation and Development in (Greater) Eastern Bypass, Kiambu County, Kenya 


Benefit Sharing and Community Participation in Ecotourism in Meru and Laikipia Counties, Kenya 


Effect of Cuscuta Species (Dodder) on Urban Ornamental Plants in Mombasa County, Kenya 


Community Preparedness, Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Variability and Change in Kajiado County, Kenya 


Socio-Ecological Factors Influencing Conservation of Rothschild’s Giraffe in Ruma National Park and Mwea National Reserve in Kenya 


Adaptation and Coping Strategies to Climate Variability among Small-Scale Farmers in Arid and Semi-Arid Agro-Ecological Zones of Laikipia County, Kenya 


Climate Variability Risk Perception on Rainfed Agricultural Practices among Small-Scale Farmers in Embu County, Kenya 


Intraseasonal Rainfall Variability and Climate Change Adaptation in East Africa 


Ecological Dynamics of Nyumba ya Mungu Dam and Its Implication on Fisheries Productivity, Pangani Basin, Tanzania 


Wetland Utilization and Community Perception on Payment for Ecosystem Services in Conservation of Nyando Wetland of the Lake Victoria Basin, Kenya 


Growth Performance of Tilapia in Different Culture Systems on Varying Input amounts and Aquaculture Technologies Adoption in Meru County, Kenya 


Influence of Agroforestry Adoption on Ecosystem Services and Livelihoods among Smallholder Farmers in Machakos County, Kenya 


Tree Cover Perspectives and Climate Change Resilience in the Drylands of Matungulu Sub-County, Machakos County, Kenya 


Oil and Gas Exploration and Sustainable Environmental Management in Oil Block 13t South Lokichar Basin, Turkana County, Kenya 


Modelling the Spatial Relationship between Built-Up Volumes and Surface Urban Heat Islands in Upper Hill, Nairobi City County, Kenya 


Environmental Sustainability in Informal Settlement Upgrading Projects in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu Cities in Kenya 


Anthropogenic Impacts of Land Use and Land Cover Changes on Mai Mahiu Ecosystem, Nakuru County, Kenya 


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The programme:

Environmental science provides an integrated interdisciplinary approach to research in the functioning and management of complex environmental systems that requires the involvement of both quantitative and qualitative science domains. Environmental Science research takes departure in both natural and social science disciplines, and includes both disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. Environmental Science has a particular emphasis on tackling the major challenges that face society like pollution and pollution control mechanisms, management of soil, water, air and biodiversity, protection of ecosystem service delivery, climate change, and energy systems. These challenges are creating a growing need for scientists with rigorous interdisciplinary scientific training and Environmental Science offers a curriculum that is designed to prepare students for future leadership within this discipline. As already stated environmental science is highly interdisciplinary and ranges from physics, chemistry, microbiology, geography, mathematics, and computer science, to social science, economics and policy. Central in environmental science studies are anthropogenic but also natural emissions to the environment starting a complex chain of processes involving transport, chemical and physical transformations and impact of the directly emitted species or their products on climate, nature, well-being and health. The studies related to social science includes investigations of what controls our decisions and behaviour and how these affects environmental pressures. Another branch of studies concern improving our understanding of governing physical, chemical and biological processes controlling the fate of pollutants emitted to the environment. Studies include development of new analytical methods, application of state-of-the-art analytical instruments to for carrying out field investigations as well as development and application of mathematical models in the aim of improving our understanding of governing processes in the environment, but also in evaluating the efficiencies of various abatement strategies and policy tools in environmental management.

Examples of areas of research are:

  • Ecology of GMOs and microbial pest control agents
  • Development of sustainable biotechnology for e.g. remediation of contaminated sites
  • The environment as reservoir for pathogenic bacteria and virulence, and its role in the development and spreading of infectious diseases
  • Emissions, and physical and chemical processes governing air pollution loads and levels in urban, rural and marine environments
  • The abundance and fate of short-lived climate forcers in the atmosphere
  • Governing processes for long-range transport of pollutants
  • Load of xenobiotics at remote locations
  • Optical properties and cloud formation potential of atmospheric particles
  • Governing processes and impact of agricultural emissions (ammonia, fugal spores, allergenic material from animals) on health and environment
  • Processes and assessment of allergenic pollen and its impact on human health
  • Behavial research to answer questions like - what is the motivation for people to buy wood stoves? what is needed to increase the proportion of people choosing to use public transport instead of the private car? etc.
  • Social changes influencing the environment and their underlying driving forces
  • Policy instruments, decision processes and institutions, implications for policies
  • Development of information for economic decisions and prioritisation: cost effectiveness, valuation of environmental benefits etc.
  • Spatial aspects of environmental pressures and management of the environment

Research facilities available:

Environmental Science hosts several environmental analytical laboratories providing state-of-the-art facilities for measurements in all environmental media and matrices. Such measurements include routine analysis of simple parameters, accredited analysis within (inter)national monitoring programs and high end measurements of pollutants at trace levels with e.g. GC-MS, LC-MS and GC-HRMS. The microbiology laboratories provide additional facilities for the environmental research of microorganisms, pollutants and their interactions. Environmental Sciences has a large expertise in long-term monitoring and intensive campaigns and studies of long time series of chemical and physical parameters in the atmosphere relevant for describing the fate of pollutants, particles and green house gases. Computer facilities include access to power full computer resources both in-house and at the University for developing and applying mathematical models. Environmental Science has access to modern GIS environment for geographical analysis of emission and land use data, generation of various input data for mathematical models etc.

Affiliated centres/departments:

Environmental Science is national focal point for the Danish EPA and the European Environment Agency (EEA) on atmospheric emissions of green house gases and air pollutants under a contract under the Danish National Centre for Environment and Energy. Environmental Science is national focal point for the Danish EPA and the European Environment Agency (EEA) on air quality in Denmark and maintains, operate and report in this context the monitoring results obtained within the NOVANA (det Nye Overvågningsprogram for Vandmiljø og Natur) programme on air pollution loads and levels in relation to the EU air quality guidelines, as well as within the AMAP (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme) programme on pollutant loads to Greenland. Environmental Science is partner of the Nordic Centre of Excellence in climate adaption research NORDSTAR, and of the network ECOGLOBE which is a network for interdisciplinary phd studies in climate change, land use changes etc.

Examples of employment after graduation:

Students from Environmental Science obtain skills and knowledge which is crucial in Environmental Management in municipalities, Agencies under the Ministry of Environment, European Environment Agency, EU etc, but also provide the perfect basis for working in Environmental Consultancy or other parts of the private sector (e.g. biotech companies). Other students continue in Environmental Research at AU or at other universities in Denmark or abroad.

Geographic location:

The Environmental Science is currently located at Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000 Roskilde at the Risø Campus. The department operates the Danish Air Quality Monitoring Programme under NOVANA. In this context the employees at the department perform routine measurements at monitoring sites in both rural and urban areas. The latter includes measurements at street and urban background stations in the four largest cities in the country (Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense and Aalborg). In addition the department operates Air Quality Monitoring in the Arctic, which includes performing measurements at station North in Greenland.

National cooperation:

The Environmental Science has a close cooperation with researchers at most of the other Danish universities and in addition a number of other research organisations and institutes. An example is the cooperation with Danish physicians in environmental and occupational medicine on assessing health effects of environmental exposures. Another example is the cooperation with Danish Environmental Economic Council on valuation of impact of environmental pressures.

International cooperation:

The Environmental Science takes part in a variety of international societies and networks: COST actions, ACCENT research network, PEER (Partnership for European Environmental Research) cooperation (the PEER partnership include seven major environmental research institutes in Europe) network, Landscape Europe, Arctic Centre of Research and Arctic Science partnership, International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), European Monitoring and Evaluation Programme (EMEP), European Geophysical Union (EGU). Environmental Science is a leading partner in the Baltic Nest Institute Denmark, dealing with development and decision support for the Baltic Sea environment. Environmental Science takes part in various national and international scientific board committees like e.g. the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Approx. number of PhD students:

The Environmental Science has currently about 35 PhD and Post Doc students. The goal is to increase this number and to form a vibrant study environment for current and future students.

Contact person in regards to recruitment:

Department of Environmental Science Frederiksborgvej 399 4000, Roskilde Denmark

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Matthias Ketzel

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Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Science

Brief Description of the Major Field

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in environmental science is a university-wide interdisciplinary program focusing on theoretical and methodological issues in environmental science and management. Graduates of this program are expected to deal competently with contemporary concerns in environmental analysis, planning and management.

The resolution of environmental problems linking together several disciplines and organizing knowledge to have a holistic view of the factors determining environmental conditions in a given time and place. The ability to integrate biophysical, social and cultural information is crucial in analyzing and resolving environmental problems. The programs aims to sharpen the understanding of contemporary environmental issues and problems using analytic techniques, like case analysis, modeling and simulation.

After completing the program, the student is expected to be able to:

a. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the body of knowledge in his/her chosen area of specialization in environmental science.

b. Undertake original and independent research on topics related to his/her area of specialization which would elucidate theories on the resolution of                 environmental problems;and contribute to the body of knowledge and methodologies in environmental science by undertaking quality scholarly work.

For admission to the program, the student must have a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science or a related discipline from any institution of higher learning recognized and accredited by the UPLB Graduate School. To be considered for admission, the student must have a GPA of 1.75 or better ad meet other requirements prescribed by the UPLB Graduate School.

Requirements and Mechanics to Graduate

A student seeking to qualify for candidacy to the PhD degree must have taken and passed any three (3) of the four (4) foundation courses in UPLB.

In addition the student must pass a qualifying examination to be given by a guidance and advisory committee at a time within the schedule of course work prescribed by the committee. To pass the examination, the student must not receive any negative vote from any member of his/her advisory committee before registering in the second semester of residency.

Consistent with the existing rules of the UPLB Graduate School, courses taken in an MS Degree may not be credited in the PhD degree, the core course which had already been taken in MS EnvSci will have to be substituted by other ENS courses. This is to ensure that the student will fulfill the total units required in the program.


Areas of Specialization

Environmental Security and Management – Provides advance training in policy and research methodologies related to the study of environmental impacts and threats to human and other populations, to communities and groups, and to their life-support eco-systems and how these can be regulated and controlled.

Protected Areas Planning, Development and Management – Provides advance training to develop courses in planning, managing and developing protected natural areas.

Social Theory and Environment – Provides advance training in the analysis of human-resource interactions and how these become the bases for designing environmental resource policies and programs.

Core courses

  MS: ENS 201, ENS 211, ENS 275, ENS 296, ENS 299

PhD: ENS 242, ENS 270, ENS 299 if graduates of MS in Environmental Science. If non-MS in Environmental Science, foundation courses such as ENS 201 plus any other two courses from ENS 211, ENS 275, and ENS 296 are required. Core courses are ENS 242, ENS 270 and ENS 299. 

Graduate Course

Course No. Title (Units).  Description. Type. Prerequesites. (Semester of Offering) 

ENS 201. Ecosystem Structure and Dynamics  (3).  Ecosystem structure, function, energetics, nutrient cycles, population dynamics, ecosystem models. 3 hrs (class). PR. BOT 150 or BIO 150 or COI.  (1,2) .

ENS 202. Landscape Ecology (3) . Principles, theories, research methods and application of landscape ecology in environmental and natural resource management. 3 hrs (class). PR. ENS 201, BIO 150 or COI.  (2) .

ENS 203. Advanced Aquatic Ecology (3) . Recent studies in aquatic environment-organism interactions; adaptive mechanisms; species displacement and extinction; modern approaches in the evaluation of production rates. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI.  (1) .

ENS 204. Issues in Aquatic Resources Management (3) . Problems and issues in the use of aquatic resources with emphasis on the Philippines situation. 3 hrs (class).  (2) .

ENS 211. Systems Analysis and Quantitative Methods in Natural Resources Management (3) . Statistical concepts and data analysis; optimization techniques; stochastic modeling; application of the systems approach to resource-based problems. 3 hrs (class). PR. MGT 211 or COI.  (1) .

ENS 220. Institution and the Environment (3) . Social science approaches to the study of man-environment interactions; analysis of the interrelationships between culture, population, and the natural environment, and human responses to changing habitats. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI.  (2) .

ENS 221/SFFG 221. Environmental and Natural Resource Policy Formulation (3) . Theories, concepts, and issues in environmental and natural resource policy formulation, case studies with special reference to developing countries. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI.

ENS 230. Industrial Ecology (3).  Ecological principles and their applications in the organization and management of industrial systems. 3 hrs (class). PR. ENS 201 or COI.  (1).

ENS 242/ECO 275. Economic Valuation of Environmental and Natural Resource System (3) . Approaches and techniques for economic measurements and valuation of natural resources and environmental impacts of development. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI.  (1,2) .

ENS 255/PSY 255. Environmental Psychology (3) . Analysis of the confluence of psychological processes and environmental context from a transactional perspective. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI.  (2) .

ENS 265/SOC 265. Gender and Environments (3) . Theories, research, and issues relevant to the analysis of gender relations in the home and work environments. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI.  (1) .

ENS 270. Dynamics of Population, Resources and Environment (3) . Interactions of human populations with resources and environment in different ecosystems; local, national, and global in scope. 3 hrs (class). PR. HUME 2 or COI.  (1) .

ENS 275. Contemporary Issues in Environment and Development (3) . Environmental issues, concerns and opportunities; environment-economy interactions; environmental administration; sustainable development policies and issues; resource-use conflict and resolution. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI.  (1,2).

ENS 290. Special Problems (1-3) . May be taken twice provided that total number of units to be credited to the student’s program will not exceed 4 units. PR. COI.

ENS 291. Special Topics (1-3) . May be taken twice provided that total number of units to be credited to the student’s program will not exceed 4 units. PR. COI.

ENS 296. Environmental Impact Assessment: Perspectives from the Natural and Social Sciences (4) . Framework and methodology for environmental impact assessment of the biophysical and socioeconomic systems; ecological, social and ethical bases of EIA; risk assessment and management; mitigation of negative impacts and enhancement of positive impacts; case studies. 6 hrs (3 class, 3 lab). PR. COI.  (2,S).

ENS 299. Graduate Seminar (1) . May be taken twice.

ENS 300. Master’s Thesis (6) .  (1, 2, S)

ENS 400. Doctoral Dissertation (12) .  (1, 2, S)

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Phone Number: (049) 536-2868 or 3080

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Gs in action, graduate school launches 2 ms programs on its 42nd founding anniversary.

 Source: UPLB website

The UPLB Graduate School marked milestones with the launching of two new masters-level degree programs and the celebration of its 42nd founding anniversary on December 1.

At the Thanksgiving Dinner-Fellowship held at the Graduate School multi-purpose hall, UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. led the launching of the Master of Science in Entomology, an off-campus program implemented in partnership with ANFLO Management and Investment Corporation (ANFLOCOR) in Panabo City, Davao del Norte. He also relaunched the Professional Masters in Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management (PM-TMEM), a joint program with the UP Marine Science Institute (MSI) of UP Diliman and UP Visayas.

President Pascual to UPLB Graduate School: intensify internationalization of programs

Article by Mark Jayson E. Gloria, UPLB website

UP President Alfredo E. Pascual enjoined the UPLB graduate education faculty to intensify the internationalization of graduate programs during the Graduate Faculty Conference on Feb. 15 at the Tagaytay International Convention Center. Pascual, who gave the keynote speech during the Conference, said that UP’s mandate as a research, graduate, and regional/global university are intertwined and interrelated. He also commended UPLB’s tradition of excellence as a graduate and research university, especially in agriculture, forestry, veterinary medicine, and biotechnology.

UPLB graduate school responds to UP mandates

Posted on March 4, 2015 by upweb_wordpress in In the News, Article by Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc, photos by Abraham Arboleda

Responding to the mandates officially spelled out in Republic Act 9500 or the new UP System Charter of 2008, which elects UP to be a research and graduate university, among other roles, the UP Los Baños Graduate School convened a faculty conference to plot the path of the school to the future. The conference titled “Responding to the Challenges of a Research and Graduate University” was held on February 15 and 16, 2015 at the Tagaytay International Convention Center. It was attended by around 260 participants consisting of junior and senior graduate faculty members, committee chairs of degree-granting units, college deans, institute directors, department chairs, and heads of UP campuses.

Int’l student center soon to rise in UPLB; GS launches 2016 int’l grad educ conference

What was once a silent and unoccupied area at the back of the Graduate School (GS) Building will soon become the site of a modern hub for graduate and international students of UPLB.

It will be called the Graduate School International Student and Cultural Center Building, as officially announced during the groundbreaking ceremony on Dec. 2.

UP System, UPLB, and Nagoya University bigwigs were present during the occasion, which served as one of the highlights of the School’s 43 rd  founding anniversary.

               UP President Alfredo E. Pascual and Vice-President for Legal Affairs Hector Danny D. Uy joined UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., Graduate School Dean Jose V. Camacho, Jr., and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Portia G. Lapitan in the traditional groundbreaking ceremonies.  read more

UPLB to host Nagoya U Asian satellite campus

UP and Nagoya University (NU), through President Alfredo E. Pascual and UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. and NU President Seiichi Matsuo, respectively, have inked an agreement for UPLB to host the Nagoya University Asian Satellite Campus (NUASC) through the UPLB Graduate School.

This agreement makes the Philippines the eighth country to host the NUASC through which the Transnational Doctoral Programs for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries will be implemented. This will enable Filipino doctoral candidates to enroll in NU doctoral programs without having to be physically present in Nagoya for the whole duration of the course.

The agreement was formalized at the Executive Conference Room in BM Gonzalez Hall, UPLB on Dec. 2. Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., dean, Graduate School and Dr. Fumio Isoda, director, Nagoya University Asian Satellite Campuses Institute, served as witnesses of the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA). read more

UPLB, NU open NU Satellite Campus and hold int’l symposium on the internationalization of graduate education

UPLB and Nagoya University (NU) formally opened the NU satellite campus in the Philippines and held the International Symposium on the Internationalization of Graduate Education at Acacia Hotel in Alabang, Muntinlupa City on March 8.

UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr.  said in his message during the opening program that to be a globally competitive research and graduate university, UPLB must pursue joint programs and collaborative activities with international academic and research institutions. He cited as an example the Philippines Transnational Ph.D. Program for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries being implemented by UPLB and NU.  

UP President Alfredo E. Pascual added that the program takes the University to a higher level and a step closer to being a globalized institution in terms of research and graduate education.  It will also allow experts to build lifelong partnerships with NU without leaving the country. He issued a challenge for UPLB to become a leader in global intellectual conversations of tomorrow. read more

UPLB, UPMin launch Mindanao Development Studies Seminars

The Graduate School (GS) and the College of Public Affairs and Development (CPAf), together with UP Mindanao, launched the Mindanao Development Studies Seminars (MDSS) on May 13-14 at UP Mindanao, Davao City. 

The MDSS aims to stimulate critical discussion about contemporary issues and challenges affecting the development of Mindanao. 

Dr. Portia G. Lapitan, vice chancellor for academic affairs who delivered a speech on behalf of Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. reiterated the importance of Mindanao in the development of the country. She expressed her hopes that through the MDSS, participants would gain a more thorough insight of the issues affecting Mindanao.

“It is also my hope that this seminar would pave the way for scholars to engage in further discourse about Mindanao’s key concerns and strive to influence national policies that would benefit the people of Mindanao,” she added. read more

University of the Philippines Los Baños - UPLB to hold GS hooding and recognition rites

The Graduate School will hold its Hooding and Recognition Ceremony on June 24 at the DL Umali Freedom Park. During this occasion, the students who will have finished their doctoral program will be conferred their degrees through a ceremony in which their academic regalia (hoods) would be put on them by their advisers and University officials led by Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr and Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., dean of the Graduate School.

The guest of honor and keynote speaker for this year’s ceremonies is Dr. Chamnian Yosraj, president of Maejo University in Thailand. Dr. Yosraj is a UPLB alumnus, having earned both his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Animal Science in 1983 and 1990, respectively. read more

University of the Philippines Los Baños - Maejo Univ. president to GS graduates: ‘learning is lifelong’

The UPLB Graduate School (GS) held its 2016 Hooding and Recognition Ceremonies on June 24 at the DL Umali Freedom Park. Of the 279 graduates, 229 obtained master’s degrees and 50 earned doctorate degrees.

In his opening remarks, Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. expressed confidence that the graduates will exceed expectations around them. “UPLB has prepared you to become leaders who have the intellectual capacity and the heart to contribute to your respective communities,” he said.  He also encouraged the graduates to use the knowledge they gained from the University not only in pursuing academic and intellectual endeavors, but also in addressing social concerns. read more

University of the Philippines Los Baños - President Pascual to UPLB Class 2016: ‘Be the best in what you do’

“How do you thank your benefactors? How do you thank the Filipino taxpayers? How do you thank the Filipino people as a whole?” asked UP President Alfredo E. Pascual to the 2,245-strong UPLB Class of 2016 on June 25 at the DL Umali Freedom Park.

President Pascual was the keynote speaker during the 44 th Commencement Exercises of UPLB that started at six o’clock in the morning, a deviation from the usual afternoon-to-evening ceremonies in the University. He was introduced by Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. read more

UPLB signs MOU with Kobe University

UPLB and Kobe University (KU) in Japan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly develop academic programs and projects that will benefit both in their instruction, research and training programs.

The MOU, which covers a 5-year period, was signed by KU President Hiroshi Takeda on March 23 in KU while UPLB chancellor, Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. signed it on April 21 at the BM Gonzalez Hall in UPLB. read more

UPLB launches off-campus MMgt program at the PS-DBM

UPLB, through the Graduate School (GS) and the College of Economics and Management (CEM) has launched the off-campus Master of Management program for employees of the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) at the DBM headquarters in Paco, Manila on Nov. 26.

PS-DBM has provided partial scholarships to its deserving employees who will be on the MMgt program that is being implemented by UPLB for continuing organizational development in the former. According to Atty. Tomas C. Syquia, executive director of PS-DBM, “to be the best, we must be taught by the best,” referring to the choice of UPLB as the partner institution.   read me

Int’l students showcase talent at cultural night

In celebration of its 37th anniversary, the International Students Association (ISA), in cooperation with the International Student Services of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), staged its annual cultural night at the DL Umali Hall on Oct. 14.

According to Dr. Nina Cadiz, OSA director, the event was “meant to promote the welfare and cooperation of foreign students in UPLB and to promote the benefits of internationalization in a University” such as UPLB.

With the theme “Unifying Force for Global Community,” the event featured song and dance performances of students from the Philippines, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Nigeria. read more

ILC, GS hold workshop on teaching innovations

In order to modernize pedagogy and equip faculty members with technology-mediated teaching strategies, the Interactive Learning Center (ILC) and Graduate School (GS) co-sponsored the workshop on Graduate Program Innovations: Hands-On Training on Blended Learning for faculty members on July 27-28, at the ILC Computer Laboratory, CAS Annex I Bldg.   

Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., GS dean, lauded the participants for attending the workshop despite the fact that they were on teacher’s leave. He said that since faculty members are in the forefront of the internalization efforts of the University and UPLB-GS has already embarked on off-campus offering, there is a need to conduct training programs on technology-mediated approaches that would help enhance the graduate programs of the University.  read more

CHED chair says research and higher education will promote development

The UPLB Graduate School (GS) conducted its 2015 Hooding and Recognition Ceremonies on July 3 at the DL Umali Hall, conferring degrees on 48 Ph.D. and 212 masters candidates. It also gave recognition to its top five Ph.D. and masters candidates, and two recipients of special awards.

In his opening remarks, Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. advised the graduate students to actively participate in collaborative research activities that promote knowledge building and policy making, to publish their work, and serve the people. He further explained that as the ASEAN integration promotes mobility among faculty and students, it also presents UPLB an opportunity to pursue research and development policies in the region. read more

Graduate School Appoints New Officials

The Graduate School welcomes new staff officials to improve and strengthen its graduate services. On 15 November 2017, Dr. Mark Dondi M. Arboleda, former School Secretary since 2015, was officially appointed as Associate Dean; Dr. Aimee Lynn A. Barrion-Dupo as School Secretary; and Ms. Nanette A. Aquino as Assistant Secretary. Read more


Dr. Aimee Lynn Barrion-Dupo, Graduate School Secretary, was one of the 68 awardees of the UP Scientific Productivity System for CY 2017. 

The UP Scientific Productivity System (SPS) aims to support the development of science and technology; and encourage and reward scientific productivity. 

The nominees are evaluated according to the following: Scientific Productivity as measured by scientific publications, significant technological output and discoveries; Scientific Standing; and professional Standing

Visit for more details on the UP Scientific Productivity System.

The Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) had its 6th Graduate Forum in virtual mode.

This was hosted by Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) from 10-11 December 2020 with the theme “Resilient Food and Agricultural System for Accelerating Economic Recovery: Strategy and Implementation”. UPLB won some awards: Rodelina C. Deyto was awarded as the Best Presenter on the subtheme Sustainable Production System, and Emmanuel Flores was awarded as the Best Presenter for the subtheme on Logistic and Value Chain. Team Liwanag of UPLB also won 1st place for cultural performance. 

The UPLB Graduate School celebrated its 48 th year anniversary on 21 December 2020.

As part of the celebration, GS hosted a 2-day webinar and the invited speakers shared their insights on the importance of graduate education, open science, open data, interdisciplinary collaboration, mentoring, research, and leadership. In addition, graduate faculty members, staff, and students had a virtual GS Nightout party on 18 December 2020. The GS Student Council organized an outreach where school supplies were given to the children of farmers in San Pablo, Laguna.  Media snippets with greetings from GS friends can be watched via the following link: . 

Dr. Jose V. Camacho elected 10th chancellor of UPLB


The UP Board of Regents elected Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr. as the 10th chancellor of UPLB at its 1354th meeting on Sept. 24.

Dr. Camacho, dean of the Graduate School (GS) and a professor of economics at the College of Economics and Management (CEM), will serve a three-year term that will start on Nov. 1, 2020.

For more information, visit :  

The Graduate School Welcomes new O.I.C Dean and Graduate School Secretary

From 01 November 2020 until a new GS Dean has been appointed, Dr. Jomar F. Rabajante will serve as the OIC-Dean, and Dr. Mark Dondi M. Arboleda will serve as the GS Secretary.

Dr. Aimee Lynn Barrion-Dupo is the new UP Faculty Regent

Graduate School Secretary, Dr. Aimee Lynn Barrion-Dupo is the new UP Faculty Regent. 

Dr. Aimee Lynn Barrion-Dupo of the Institute of Biological Sciences (IBS) took her oath of office as the new UP Faculty Regent before UP President Danilo L. Concepcion on Jan. 8 at the UPCO Social Hall, UPLB.

Her two-year appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2022. She succeeds Dr. Ramon Guillermo of UP Diliman.

For more information, visit:

Graduate School Satisfaction Survey

Sharing with you the SATISFACTION SURVEY results conducted last October-November 202O among the 800+ Graduate Students of UPLB on GS services.

Thank you for your participation and the insights that you have given us. We have taken note of the good as well as the things that need improvement. We are acting on things that will make our services more efficient and maintain those that make us a relevant and responsive unit of UPLB for graduate education.

2021 GS Executives

Introducing the new set of gs executives.

Dr. Jomar F. Rabajante starts his tenure as the new dean of the UPLB Graduate School effective March 1, 2021. In his team are Dr. Ronilo Jose D. Flores as associate dean, Dr. Pamela A. Custodio as school secretary and Dr. Rhea Ledesma-Gumasing as assistant school secretary. Team GS202X aims to transform GS as a bastion of excellence towards reshaping the future of graduate school education.


Mymp: mentoring young menros program.

The Graduate School launched the Mentoring Young Mentors Program to orient, train and mentor up and coming graduate school advisers and committee members on GS policies and processes , graduate curriculum design, mentorship and other aspects related to becoming a good mentor to our graduate students. This activity is part of GS' aim to Reshape the future of graduate education.#GS202x


GSCares was launched in order to reach out to GS constituents especially during this time of the pandemic. The GS, cognizant of the need for a venue outside of the classes to unwind, learn new things, get inspired and breathe, had organised the first episode which tackled issues on stress and coping in the now normal. Ms. Lavi Penaverde of Opus Ad Lucem, Inc and Ms. Aji Villamin of the Office of Counselling and Guiadance served as resource persons.


Dean, gs faculty awarded 2021 outstanding young scientist award.

GS Dean Jomar F. Rabajante was named as one of the recipients of the very prestigious Outstanding Young Scientist Award for the year 2021 by the National Academy of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Technology. This award is conferred to Filipino scientists below the age of 40 who has contributed to science and technology in the Philippines. Congratulations!


Sais tutorials and guides.

SAIS Video Tutorials

SAIS Problems troubleshooting guide for GS students 

The Graduate School is in Facebook

The Official Graduate School page is  .  Information for the general public are usually posted there.

The Official UPLB Graduate Student's Group is , a closed group for bonafide UPLB-GS Students only. Announcements and other useful information aimed for students are posted there. All GS students are encouraged to join the group.

2019-2020 UPLB Academic Calendar

Click here for the 2019-2020 UPLB Academic Calendar


Click here to view the  1st SEMESTER 2019-2020 IMPORTANT DATES

Updated Enrollment Procedure for New Students for 2nd Semester 2019-2020

Click here for the Updated Enrollment Procedure for New Students for 2nd Semester 2019-2020

GS Important Dates 2nd Semester 2019-2020

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UPLB Graduate School Guidelines on the 2nd Semester AY 2019-2020 (

The UPLB Graduate School programs is adopting the general framework, rationale, and guidelines, of UP System Policy on the Second Semester AY 2019-2020 in the Time of Covid-19 and OC Memo No. 072.

UPLB Graduate School Guidelines on the 2nd Semester AY 2019-2020

Memo no. 072 s 2020 Implementing Guidelines of the UP System Policy on the 2nd semester AY 2019-2020 in the Time of COVID-19 issued by UP PRES. CONCEPCION

PDLC Signed  Implementing Guidelines BOR Decision on the Second Semester


Click here for the MIDYEAR 2020 ENROLLMENT PROCESS 


Click here for the notice from the Office of the University Registrar.

Deadline of Preregistration COI: August 10, 2020. We cannot move it further just like the previous sems because we will also be arranging the Virtual Graduation. Well try our best to encode late submissions for the prereg, if not it will be good for the regular registration.

To Process your COI: (1) download and accomplish COI Form: (2) Sign with your e-signature and fill-up all necessary information. (3) Email it to the Professor in charge so that they can attach their e-signature. (4) Submit the e-signed COI to Mr. Rivera at: [email protected] on or before August 10, 2020 for encoding with SUBJECT: COI 1st 2020-2021 BODY: Full name, Student no, SAIS ID. Use your UP Mail when submitting anything to GS.

Note: COI is NOT Enrollment. It is only a Prerequisite, GS only removes the restriction. Students still needs to do self-service enrollment via SAIS on August 18-21. 


Click here for the Enrollment Process 1st Semester 2020-2021


Kindly read Updates and FAQs posted in our Facebook page: before emailing us. We are experiencing heavy email traffic. Help us help you and help others through self-service information.

GS Important Dates 1st Semester 2020-2021

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Click on the links in the PDF file to view the e-Forms. Downloadables and e-Forms are also available at .  Instructions on accomplishing the forms are also embedded in the e-forms. After generating the form, e-sign and email the PDF one by one to all signatories so that they can affix their e-signatures, submit it via email at: [email protected]. (usually when only the GS Secretary and Dean's e-signature are missing).


The UPLB Graduate School (GS) constituents (faculty, students, REPS, administrative staff, alumni) are invited to the webinar presentation of the Accomplishment Report of the Out-going Dean, Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., on 21 January 2021, Thursday, 3:00 pm. This will be followed by the presentation of the mission, vision and plans of the nominees for the New GS Dean.

Those who would like to attend this webinar on Zoom may register at this link:

To get to know more about the nominees, please click this link:

Dr. Jomar F. Rabajante    Short CV     Full CV

Dr. Zita C. Villa Juan-Albacea    Short CV    Full CV


All Constituents (Faculty, REPS, Staff, Students) with UP Mail, submitting digital files to the Graduate School should be through the UPLB GS Online Document Submission System:  instead of emailing them to us.

  Those who do not have access to UP Mail (Applicants, Alumni, etc.) may submit using the previous protocol (through email). Please do not submit documents through this system and email at the same time to avoid duplicate tracking.

Demonstration and Tutorial:


See: All Graduate Students are to follow this process. The OUR Process is more intended for undergraduate students. This document is live and will be updated when necessary. Always check this Google Doc for updates. We will centralize all enrolment updates in this document for easy reference.

Dates to Remember

(updated 27 May 2021) - 29 April to 5 May: Reading/Wellness Break - 13 May: Last Day of Clearing Deficiencies - 14 May: Last day of Online Application for Graduation ( ) - 14 May: Last Day of Submission of Nomination of Advisory Committee for new regular PHD ( ) - 14 May: Last Day of Submission of Nomination of Guidance Committee and Plan of Coursework for New regular Master's ( ) - 19 May: Deadline for Dropping of Courses ( ) - 25 May: Last Day of Holding of Activities - 31 May: Deadline of Filing of LOA ( ) - 31 May: Deadline of Submission of Deferred Grade Completion (incurred during 2S 2019-2020) [deadline moved to August 7, 2021] ( ) - 4 June: Last day of Filing Application for Final Examination ( ) - 11 June: Last day of classes - 11 June: Deadline of submission of Plan of Study of New PHD Students ( ) - 11 June: Deadline of Revision in Plan of Coursework ( ) - 11 June: Deadline of Change in Member/Adviser in Guidance/Advisory Committee ( ) - 18 June: Last Day to conduct Final Examinations. Note Application for Final Exam must be filed at least 2 weeks from actual exam date and not later than 4 June. - 25 June: Last Day of Submission of Manuscripts. - 25 June: Last Day of Submission of Grades.

MIDYEAR 2021 Enrollment Instruction

Click here for the Midyear 2021 Enrollment Instruction (link to open this pdf)

UPLB GS 2021 Hooding Ceremony

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Zoomustuahan with UPLB DOST ASTHRDP Scholars

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GS Announcement: 2nd Semester Enrollment Guidelines

For the 2nd Semester 2021-2022 Enrollment process, please go to:

Please be reminded that physical enrollment transactions are not allowed at the Graduate School Office. Carefully read and reread the enrollment process document before inquiring. It is better to spend 5-10 minutes reading than to wait for our reply 3-5 days later. We will put all updates at the bottom of the document for your easier reference.

For inquiries regarding enrollment, you may submit it at .

All enrollment inquiries should be through this link. Do not email any enrollment concern to any Graduate School Email and/or Staff Members. Do not email the GPMC or RegCom with concerns other than matters specified in the enrollment process document.

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES LOS BAÑOS DOST-ASTHRDP Scholarship Program is in need of: POSITION: Project Assistant III (Project-based)



is in need of:

POSITION: Project Assistant III (Project-based)

SALARY: P31,262.40/month


  • Graduate of any 4-year course, with at least one year continuous work experience
  • Proficient in MS Office applications (eg. Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and Google Workspace Experience in project handling in UPLB or in other funding agencies is a plus
  • Willing to start immediately


  • Monitor scholarship status of scholars, and maintain and update databases;
  • Generate necessary reports and other program deliverables to DOST-SEI;
  • Organize physical and electronic scholarship-related documents, Assist scholars during registration period (tagging of scholars, generation of Form 5) and during local/international conferences/orientation;
  • Evaluate and processes payments;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Project Leader and Scholarship Head

Send your letter of intent and CV on or before February 22,2022 to [email protected] with the email subject UPLB-DOST_PAlll [your last name]


Payment of fees extended until 11 March. If you still have registration issues, please attend 08 March (Tuesday) Zoom meeting, 3pm. Link can be found in the Updates page of the GS Enrollment Process Google Doc.( There will also be one last Zoom meeting for enrollment concerns on Thursday, March 10, 3PM check GS Enrollment Process Google Doc again for updates. (


Chancellor sanchez presents uplb’s internationalization initiatives.

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UPLB has new Graduate School secretary

Dr. Mark Dondi M. Arboleda takes-over as secretary of UPLB Graduate School effective March 4, 2015.

He succeeds Dr. Willie P. Abasolo who was appointed by the UP Board of Regents as the new dean of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources on March 3, 2015.


The 43rd Commencement Exercises of UPLB will be held on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at the D.L. Umali Freedom Park in front of the D.L. Umali HAll (UPLB Auditorium).

Click here to download the instructions

AsiaEngage: The 3rd Regional Conference 2016

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