Terrestrial Biogeoscience: Graduate Certificate

The Terrestrial Biogeosciences Program is a community of faculty and students whose research interests converge at the boundaries of traditional natural science disciplines. The field of terrestrial biogeoscience provides the scientific basis for understanding the role of terrestrial processes in some of today’s most pressing environmental issues, including climate change, deforestation, eutrophication of lakes and rivers, and the effect of sea level rise on coastal and estuarine ecosystems.

The program emphasizes interdisciplinary research and coursework, focusing on the biogeochemistry and biogeophysics of terrestrial ecosystems, with faculty and students drawn from the Departments of Biology and Earth & Environment.

The program is centered on graduate student training, and is specifically designed for students wishing to pursue interdisciplinary research in topics spanning more than one discipline.

Research and curricular themes include the role of energy, mass and nutrient cycles in biosphere-atmosphere interactions, coastal processes, ecohydrology, climate change, regional-to-global environmental change, coupled human-natural systems, and sustainability science.

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