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June 2, 2008
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Drs. Helen Michaels (left) and Karen Root at a campus pond used as a teaching site for the new ecology and conservation biology specialization.

Drs. Helen Michaels (left) and Karen Root at a campus pond used as a teaching site for the new ecology and conservation biology specialization.

New biology track prepares students for ecology, conservation work

Students with a passion for the environment and preserving the diversity of life can now follow a course of study at BGSU tailored to their interests. The biological sciences department last fall added a specialization in ecology and conservation (ECB) that will prepare graduates for the growing number of jobs requiring knowledge in both areas.

The curriculum provides a strong foundation in basic biology, genetics, ecology, evolution and conservation biology, with the addition of focused coursework in biodiversity, organismal biology, statistics and geographic information systems (GIS).

The curriculum gives a “unifying foundation that cuts across all organisms, habitats, environments and scales,” and provides a customized path and the proper sequence of classes, said ECB advisor Dr. Karen Root, biology.

“This is really timely,” said biologist Dr. Helen Michaels, lead designer of the program. “There’s a great deal of public support now for conservation and dealing with the environment’s problems. People realize that dealing with problems now will help put us ahead of the curve.” 
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