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International Conservation & Development

International Conservation & Development


International Conservation and Development

International Conservation and Development (ICD) is an M.S. degree option in Resource Conservation that addresses ecological and social aspects of global environmental change, conservation and management, and their application through international professional field assignments.  The ICD curriculum and overseas experience integrate biophysical and social dimensions of land and resource management in the context sustainability and social justice. Defining features of ICD include:

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

ICD students and faculty have addressed a wide range of issues around the world, including protected area management in Bhutan, community conservation in Belize, watershed management in Nicaragua, non-timber forest products in Ethiopia, agroforestry in Zambia, reduced impact logging in Bolivia and wildlife conservation in Mongolia. M.S. student theses/professional papers.  Students utilize a variety of approaches and generate diverse products based on their fieldwork, including: extension education materials, field guides and peer-reviewed publications.  Over 60 students have completed ICD studies and are now employed by international and domestic organizations in both the public and private sectors, including Conservation International, Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, USAID, the U.S. Forest Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, while others have completed Ph.Ds. and work as university professors or started private businesses. Read 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