Ecology and Evolutionary Biology M.S./Ph.D. Learning Outcomes

PLO1: Core Knowledge

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of central concepts in the biological sciences
  • Understand the current concepts in ecology, evolutionary biology, and organismal physiology
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a specialized discipline within ecology and evolutionary biology sufficiently to carry out substantive independent research

PLO2: Research Methods and Analysis

  • Read and critically evaluate the scientific literature
  • Formulate hypotheses based on current concepts in the field
  • Design, conduct, and interpret their independent research projects
  • Understand the range of tools appropriate for research in their sub-field
  • Understand and follow research ethics

PLO3: Pedagogy

  • Communicate effectively to large and small groups in pedagogical settings including teaching, research seminars, and other formats
  • Identify and effectively deploy suitable technologies for use in all aspects of instruction

PLO4: Scholarly Communication

  • Review and discuss relevant literature and their significance
  • Publish research results in peer-reviewed publications and in a dissertation
  • Communicate research results effectively through oral presentations at scientific seminars, conferences, and other venues
  • Make clear and cogent oral presentations, including effective use of technology

PLO5: Professionalism

  • Write compelling abstracts describing their research for consideration at research conferences
  • Prepare oral presentations suitable for presentation at a research conference
  • Make effective contributions to research teams and learning seminars
  • Make effective contributions to department, university, community, and professional service
  • Mentor junior researchers (e.g., undergraduates, beginning graduate students)

PLO6: Independent Research

  • Develop their own research projects that meet high standards of theoretical and methodological rigor with lasting impact
  • Produce scholarship that is comparable in scope and format to articles that appear in leading peer-reviewed journals in ecology, evolutionary biology, and organismal physiology
  • Supervise junior researchers (e.g., high school students, undergraduates, beginning graduate students) effectively.

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