General Ecology

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When choosing the specialization general ecology, you are joining an advanced academic program with large scientific freedom, at a university that has long traditions for teaching ecology.

General Ecology

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Master thesis
The program is concluded with a master thesis of 60 ECTS. As a master student you are free to choose your own topic, either from the many available projects of our researchers, or find a project based on your scientific preferences.

Examples of current topics offered by our researchers:

Biodiversity, toxic plants, ecological/ biological effects of climate change, alpine tree dynamics, degradation of woodland in Africa, forest ecology, GIS-monitoring of forests, parasitism, habitat fragmentation, rangeland management, and environmental gradients.

In addition: various ecological topics related to brown bears, roe deer, red deer, moose, reindeer, termites, and red colobus monkey.

Interested in carnivores?

NMBU is also the command central of the Scandinavian Brown Bear Project, the world's longest running research project on brown bears. The Brown Bear project does research on brown bear ecology. Part of the research entails GPS-tracking of bears, the collection of biological data and tracking of the animals in the field. Every year several of NMBU's master students write their master thesis in relation to the project.

For more information about the project, see the their external web pages

UMB-researcher Ole Gunnar Støen is collaring a brown bear for the Scandinavian Brown Bear project.
NMBU-researcher Ole Gunnar Støen is collaring a brown bear for the Scandinavian Brown Bear project.


NMBU has exchange agreements with universities all over the world. We encourage our students to take a semester abroad, and help you with facilitating your study plan.

Paul Aakerøy and Maja Stade (pictures below) spent one semester at Galapagos, known for its unique flora and fauna. In addition to some occasional studying, they snorkled, bathed, trekked in national parks, partook in whale safaris, and helped estimate local monkey populations.

Maja Stade, Galapagos
Maja Stade, Galapagos
Paul Aakerøy, Galapagos
Paul Aakerøy, Galapagos

Job market

Ecology is a wide scientific field, and consequently, NMBU's candidates work in many different organizations and institutions.

Marten van der Eyden tok master i tropisk økologi ved UMB.
Marten van der Eyden tok master i tropisk økologi ved UMB. Photo: Privat
Maarten van der Eyden has a master in ecology, and is currently working in the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment (Miljøverndepartementet).

- I am working on a project that focuses on Norway's goals to help reduce deforestation and forest encroachment in development countries, he says.
- The project works through bilateral agreements with single countries, and through international organizations such as the UN and the World Bank. In addition there is work laid down to get an agreement on tropical forests, including a new, binding climate agreement under UN.

Maarten did his thesis work on carbon measurements and biodiversity in relation to fires in the high mountains in Peru. He also had a special curriculum about REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation).

Anders Herland<br />Yrkeseksempel, Økologi
Anders Herland
Yrkeseksempel, Økologi
Anders Herland has a master in ecology, and is currently working for the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES), University of Oslo.

- My work is very varied. Roughly speaking you can say that I help different researchers with field work in in the summer, and data analysis and laboratory work in the winter time. During my first year, I helped trap sparrows in Italy, collected different data from various tit and flycatcher population, GPS-marked sheep, been electrofishing trout, executed laboratory work with herring, and anlyzed bird song in the lab.

Published 11. November 2013 - 11:13 - Updated 28. November 2017 - 10:31