The Ecology Graduate Program (PPGECO) was created in 2015, through an partnership signed between the Federal University of Pará (UFPA) and Embrapa Eastern Amazon and aims to further the theoretical and empirical knowledge of Ecology, including its basic approaches which are auto-ecology, population biology and studies of communities and ecosystems.
Offering both Master’s degree and Doctorate, PPGECO is structured from a single Area of Concentration in Ecology, developing four Research Lines: Ecology of Communities and Ecosystems, Ecology of Organisms and Populations, Landscape Ecology and Theoretical and Applied Ecology. It currently has 16 tenured professors and three invited professors.
The Ecology Graduate Program (PPGECO) aims to graduate masters and doctors with understanding of the principles that govern ecological systems, as well as the practical applications of acquired ecological concepts.
The unifying theme of the Program is ecology, regardless of the taxonomic group, and within the lines of research established in the course, the graduated professional will have a basic preparation of ecological standards in its most diverse levels: ecology of organisms and populations, ecology of communities and ecosystems, landscape ecology and theoretical and applied ecology.
The graduated professionals will be able to study the processes that govern the dynamics of organisms, ecosystems and communities, as well as evaluate the impacts of human actions on nature and act in the management and conservation of biodiversity. The course is designed to graduate critical professionals who can work in the academy or in direct contact with civil society, in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary ways.
It is hoped that after graduating from The Ecology Graduate Program, the masters and PhD’s of this Program have as a distinctive characteristic the capacity to produce original studies on the most diverse subjects in basic and applied Ecology. Such training will ensure them active and relevant participation in the scenario of current discussions in ecology at national and international levels, both through the production of scientific papers of high impact in scientific journals in the area of Biodiversity and in representative scientific events.
This profile assumes the formation of cohesive and dynamic study and research groups, willing to share data, information and knowledge as a way of growing UFPA itself, within a systemic vision of work.