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International Conservation & Development

International Conservation & Development


International Conservation and Development

Add the ICD option to an M.S. in Resource Conservation to develop an integrated understanding of ecological and social aspects of global environmental change, conservation and management.You will apply that knowledge through international professional field assignments. The ICD curriculum and overseas work experience emphasize the integration of biophysical and social dimensions of resource management, and their application towards ecological sustainability and social justice. Defining features of ICD include:

  • An integrated core curriculum
  • Opportunity to combine graduate coursework with international field assignments
  • Flexibility and diversity of questions addressed and approaches used
  • Committed, interdisciplinary faculty
  • Close collaboration among a cohort of graduate students
  • Complete an M.S. degree in Resource Conservation with an Option in International Conservation and Development

ICD students and faculty address a wide range of issues around the world. ICD students have worked on protected area management, community conservation, watershed management, non-timber forest products, agroforestry, reduced impact logging and wildlife conservation. Students utilize a variety of approaches and generate diverse products based on their fieldwork, including extension education materials, field guides and peer-reviewed journal articles. At present, 61 students have completed ICD studies, seven are currently on international assignments in South America, Africa and Asia, and nine are on campus completing their M.S. degrees or preliminary coursework.

The ICD program is well known nationally and program graduates have secured professional employment with international and domestic organizations in both the public and private sectors. ICD graduates are currently working with Conservation International, USAID, the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and with private international conservation and development firms in the US and around the world. Read more updates from ICD alums.

Tammy Mildenstein and Sam Stier investigated fruit bat habitat use, food selection and conservation in the Philippines.

Tammy Mildenstein and Sam Stier investigated fruit bat habitat use, food selection and conservation in the Philippines.

M.S. student theses/professional papers

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Ryan Maroney studied Kazakh herders and argali sheep conservation in Mongolia.

M.S. student theses/professional papers

Werner Krueger

Werner Krueger developed reduced impact logging practices in Bolivia.

M.S. student theses/professional papers