Tropical ecology and management of natural resources has become increasingly important in a continuously more international world. At NMBU we have over a number of years developed several research groups within different aspects of this field. Examples of our activities range from pure ecology in the tropics, tropical ecology including human activities, tropical resource management, tropical resource economics and tropical forest mensuration.
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, degradation of woodland in Africa, forest ecology, GIS-monitoring of forests, parasitism, habitat fragmentation, rangeland management, and environmental gradients.
Current countries where our researchers have projects: Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Costa Rica, India, Mauritius, Nepal, Yemen, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Mexico.
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.
Ecology is a wide scientific field, and consequently, NMBU's candidates work in many different organizations and institutions. andidates have their careers in many
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.
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 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 bird populations, GPS-marked sheep, electrofished trout, and done diverse laboratory work with herring and anlyzed bird song in the lab.