FTo train professionals with a solid ground in research and ecological theory, capable of applying this knowledge in answering questions related to biodiversity conservation. We call this new professional profile ‘Conservational Ecologist’. In this training process, the course encourages engagement in its actions, that include:
To promote efforts for the development of integrated long-term projects that, already in their initial conception, aim at the application of the results for conservation, stimulating the participation of researchers and students from inside and outside the program;
To lead in scientific development for the conservation of national biodiversity
Answer necessary questions to subsidize conservation strategies
Promote and consolidate partnerships with institutions dedicated to biodiversity conservation and high-level scientific dissemination;
To promote communication channels between the academic environment and other social actors, with the promotion of events, advisory services (on both sides) and the development of projects in partnership.
The Conservational Ecologists Profile
The Course’s student will have a solid background in Ecology and Conservation, both theoretical and methodological (design and analysis), which will allow action in various areas of knowledge. In addition, the Conservation Ecology egress from PPGECB / UESC will be able to visualize the effective application of the results of its research in strategies and conservation programs. This profile is increasingly desirable in view of the accelerated demand for research that can answer practical questions related to biodiversity conservation that are increasingly imperative for all sectors of society.
Training through partnerships
The academic environment forms human resources to act in scientific research. However, the demands for information and feasible solutions to real problems are given, to a large extent, by society. In order to increase the insertion of the Program and its students, the course maintains partnerships with governmental and non-governmental environmental institutions, such as the Centre for Research and Conservation - Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp, the Institute of Socio-Environmental Studies of Southern Bahia (IESB), the Conservation International (CI-Brazil), the Tamar Project, the Baleia Jubarte Institute (IBJ).
The Institute of Socio-Environmental Studies of Southern Bahia (IESB), the Michelin Reserve and several public conservation areas such as the Una Biological Reserve and the Abrolhos Marine National Park, offer natural areas for biodiversity research. In addition, the program's teachers work in partnership with researchers from several centers of excellence in biodiversity research and conservation in Brazil: CENA-USP, UNICAMP, UFBA, UnB, UFPE, JBRJ, UEM, UFPB, UFRJ; and abroad: University of Queensland, New York Botanical Gardens, Lincoln University, Boston University.