In collaboration with the Chicago Botanic Garden, Northwestern University offers a PhD in Plant Biology and Conservation. Graduates of the program have strong theoretical and methodological foundations in ecology, conservation, and evolutionary biology, together with the in-depth knowledge required to be able to identify and articulate the frontiers of scholarship and applied science within their area of specialization. As global environmental issues are complex and necessitate interdisciplinary expertise, the curriculum emphasizes a complex systems approach with the integration of multiple disciplines, and a breadth of approaches to basic and applied research as well as on local, national, and global issues. Students also have opportunities for civic engagement.
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