TROPICAL CONSERVATION BIOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE GRADUATE PROGRAM
Welcome to the Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science (TCBES) Graduate Program! The TCBES program is emerging as a center of excellence in the Pacific that is capitalizing on Hawaii’s unique natural resources that are integral to the state’s cultural, economic, and scientific enterprises, and by extension, to those of the entire nation and other Pacific nations. The TCBES Program provides Masters-level graduate education in the areas of conservation biology, environmental science, ecology, evolution, genetics and geospatial analyses. The program prepares students for technical positions to meet the growing need for sound management of Hawaii’s fragile natural resources, as well as for entry into Ph.D. programs in related fields. A majority of students are from Hawaii with many students from UH Hilo’s undergraduate programs and other institutions in Hawaii with a growing number from institutions throughout the nation.
TCBES GRADUATE PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT
The primary purpose of the M.S. in TCBES is to provide graduate training in conservation biology and environmental science to people with baccalaureate degrees and others currently working in the field. The program utilizes the extraordinary biological, physical and cultural complexity on the Island of Hawaii as a focus of investigation and study. The program prepares students for technical positions and for entry into Ph.D. programs in related fields.
- Foster knowledge of current trends and issues in conservation biology and environmental sciences including basic and applied research and natural resource problems;
- Provide participants with experiences in conceptual and technical research in ecology, evolutionary genetics, geographic analysis, environmental monitoring and assessment in marine and terrestrial environments;
- Promote research and scholarly activities that will enable participants to enter the scientific research community.
Participants of the program will:
- Perform scientific research in the interdisciplinary field of conservation biology and environmental science;
- Develop skills in natural resource and protected area management;
- Use advanced technological equipment, perform quantitative analyses and interpret complex data;
- Present scientific results in oral and written publications;
- Interpret and critique professional scientific literature.