The new Master's Program in Biodiversity starts this fall 2024 and offers students the opportunity to acquire specialized knowledge in the field of biodiversity research, with a strong emphasis on ecology and evolutionary biology, as well as related fields. Building on a solid foundation in fundamental natural science subjects, students will acquire the expertise necessary to address environmental challenges that hold both scientific and societal significance on a global scale. Graduates of this program will be well-prepared to conduct independent scientific research, from project planning to execution, and to proficiently communicate their findings to expert audiences through scientific publications.
Biodiversity is a complex and interconnected field that encompasses the study of life's diversity and the relationships between organisms and their biotic and abiotic environments. This program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of biodiversity, drawing on the theoretical foundations, scientific methodologies, and practical applications of modern ecological and evolutionary analysis. Addressing the growing challenges in biodiversity conservation demands expertise in a range of scientific disciplines, encompassing ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, mathematics, statistics, and conservation biology. This ensures that students are equipped with a broad skill set, allowing them to conduct rigorous ecological and evolutionary analysis and apply their findings to enhance decision-making in conservation efforts.
In this program, students have the unique opportunity to engage with cutting-edge research in the field of biodiversity. They can undertake research projects within the University of Zurich (UZH) or collaborate with affiliated research institutions. Projects are available across a diverse spectrum, encompassing theoretical, experimental, and empirical studies. Students can study various organisms and ecosystems, from microbes to giraffes, and from glacial streams to alpine meadows. By merging the strengths of ecology and evolutionary biology with a focus on real-world biodiversity conservation challenges, this Master's Program in Biodiversity equips students with the knowledge and skills to make meaningful contributions to the preservation of our planet's biodiversity.