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Integrative Conservation (ICON) Graduate Program

Ph.D. in Integrative Conservation and Anthropology

At the beginning of the 21st century, as global environmental change proceeds at an unprecedented pace, the practice of conservation is adapting to a complex set of new challenges. The conservation community has increasingly recognized that responding effectively to these challenges will require that the next generation of practitioners and scholars not only develop expertise in specific fields but also have the conceptual tools to work across disciplines. The University of Georgia's Integrative Conservation Ph.D. program is designed to meet that need by ensuring that students gain disciplinary depth while also learning to collaborate across disciplines and fields of practice to seek integrative solutions to complex conservation challenges.

Students who choose Integrative Conservation and Anthropology as their disciplinary focus will receive rigorous theoretical and methodological training in a traditional discipline, while also working integratively at the intersections of multiple disciplines.

Graduate study in Integrative Conservation and Anthropology at the University of Georgia is a demanding and highly competitive course of study. All students take four core courses in anthropological theory, foundations of ecological anthropology, population ecology, and evolution of human ecosystems in their first year, as well as Integrative Conservation I and II. ICON students also complete an internship in their first summer at UGA. Beyond these requirements, students and their advisory committees select additional courses in conservation-related disciplines to form a program tailored to their needs.

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