Environmentally sustainable agriculture - How ecosystem management might be altered to benefit from climate change in agricultural and forest production

Graduate Studies

Graduate students can select twelve graduate degree programs in the Department of Renewable resources that fall under five broad topic areas: Conservation Biology, Forest Ecology and Management, Agriculture and the Environment, Reclamation and Restoration of Land and Water, and Environmental Soil Science:


Conservation Biology A degree in the area of conservation biology is for students interested in ecology, environmental issues, conservation management, and landscape planning. The program emphasizes integrating natural science, management, and social science, with the aim of protecting species and their habitats. Specializations include wildlife ecology, protected area design, and wildlands management.


Forest Ecology and Management Graduate programs in enhanced forest management are for students who appreciate the need to manage forested lands with due concern for forests as integrated ecological entities. The program focuses on utilization and management of forest resources while ensuring that sustainability and other social and cultural  needs are met.


Agriculture and the Environment A degree in this field is for students interested in developing sustainable agricultural practices and avoiding or minimizing environmental contamination. Research within this theme investigates how soil organic matter changes under different agricultural management practices, the roles of agricultural systems in the control of greenhouse gases, and agronomic and environmental impacts of fertilizer and manure.


Reclamation and Restoration of Land and Water Students in this field develop techniques for restoring land and water resources following oil, gas and mining disturbance for a variety of end land uses. Specializations include: soil salvaging techniques, removal or reduction of pollutants, soil amendments, revegetation, and environmental impact assessments.


Environmental Soil Science Good soil and water quality is an essential part of healthy agricultural and forest ecosystems. Programs in soil science and environmentally sustainable agriculture focus on water and nutrient cycling, soil organic matter, greenhouse gas emissions from soils, and the impacts of soil erosion and soil amendments on soil quality and crop production.

Graduate Administrator, Admissions:
Nicole Dubé
Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences
2-10 Agriculture/Forestry Centre
Edmonton, Alberta,
Canada T6G 2P5

The Department is home to the Alberta School of Forest Science and the Land Reclamation International Graduate School.

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Dual degree opportunities: The Department offers joint degrees with the Alberta School of Business and select international partners: