Doctorate Degrees in Forestry

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A PhD is also known as a Doctorate of Philosophy, or doctoral degree. However, this does not necessarily indicate that philosophy was the field of study. Students may earn a PhD in virtually any subject. A PhD is a more advanced degree than a bachelor’s or master’s. It is the culmination of many years of study, and indicates the highest level of academic achievement. Most PhD students must complete a doctoral dissertation that shows they have made unique contributions to the field, usually through original research.

What is a PhD in Forestry? This type of degree is awarded to a student who has become an expert in forestry or forest ecology. The program may include a variety of advanced science courses with specific attention to botany, biology and ecology. Courses such as forest genetics, forest tree breeding and tree physiology may focus on the physical and genetic aspects of a tree. Other courses, such as ecoinformatics and forest growth, conservation and landscape management, and silviculture and forest ecology may explore the competing needs of the forest industry and environmental conservation.

Completing a PhD takes dedication and hard work, and students who achieve this distinction may stand out from their peers on job applications and in the professional arena. Earning a PhD in Forestry can lead to new job prospects and the opportunity to participate in the forefront of the field.

Students who are interested in a PhD in Forestry should contact prospective universities directly to learn more about the cost and requirements of the programs. Tuition will vary depending on the institution. 

Many students who achieve a PhD choose to remain in academics. They may join colleges and universities as full-time professors and researchers, sharing their expertise with graduate and undergraduate students as they continue to advance knowledge in the field. Other graduates may find work in public and private forestry companies as consultants or leaders of research teams. Some graduates may join government agencies dedicated to managing natural resources.

Students who are passionate about forestry will find many interesting PhD programs to suit their interest. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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PhD in Forestry

Northern Arizona University
Campus Full time August 2017 USA Flagstaff

You’ll be prepared for public or private resource management or a related career in research and education. Our particular focus is on the problems and opportunities associated with the integrated management of forest ecosystems. [+]

PhDs in Forestry. In our PhD program, you’ll be mentored by faculty who share your passion for the environment and who conduct ground-breaking research you can participate in. You’ll be prepared for public or private resource management or a related career in research and education. Our particular focus is on the problems and opportunities associated with the integrated management of forest ecosystems. You’ll benefit from close interaction with practicing professionals and the involved supervision of enthusiastic and dedicated faculty members. You’ll be within twenty miles of forest types ranging from canyon hardwoods and pinyon-juniper to spruce and fir. Our location within the nation’s largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest provides convenient access to lands managed by: the US Forest Service the Bureau of Land Management the National Park Service Native American tribal organizations To enhance these plans, we maintain well-equipped ecological and computer laboratories, a small full-time staff of research professionals, and our nearby Centennial Forest. Also on campus in Flagstaff is a research unit of the U.S. Forest Service, as well as the Colorado Plateau Research Station, which is a unit of the U.S. Geological Survey. You will be offered three PhD emphasis areas: Ecosystem Science Forest Management Sciences and Economics Forest Social Science What will I do in the program? coursework written and oral exams preparation and defense of a dissertation PhD students are expected to demonstrate: skill in the generation of original ideas considerable command of the literature skill at designing, analyzing, and interpreting research skill in scientific writing, including the publication of research results in major professionally refereed journals basic skills in teaching Admissions requirements GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale in all college and university work GRE scores in the top 40th percentile If English is not your native language: a score of at least 80 on the internet-based TOEFL or 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or 213 on the computer-based TOEFL A faculty member has agreed to serve as your major professor: Read about faculty research interests on our Forestry Faculty Page to identify faculty whose interests match yours Then e-mail, write, or phone individual faculty members about opportunities to work with them Late applications Applications received after the deadline will only be considered after full consideration of completed applications received by the deadline. [-]

FdV Life Science PhD Program

Center for Research and Interdisciplinary (CRI)
Campus Full time France

Since the creation of the FdV doctoral school in 2006, the aims were focused on life sciences. Traditionally, students have pursued interdisciplinary research projects in natural sciences, engineering and technology, medical and health sciences. Recently, projects in the life sciences have incorporated approaches and/or applications from other disciplines including the social sciences and humanities, however the focus of the work is on advancement of knowledge in life science. [+]

Since the creation of the FdV doctoral school in 2006, the aims were focused on life sciences. Traditionally, students have pursued interdisciplinary research projects in natural sciences, engineering and technology, medical and health sciences. Recently, projects in the life sciences have incorporated approaches and/or applications from other disciplines including the social sciences and humanities, however the focus of the work is on advancement of knowledge in life science. As of December 2015, over 110 PhDs have been granted to FdV fellows studying topics at the frontiers of life science, and over 120 are currently in pursuit of their degree. “Frontières du Vivant” (FdV) projects involve interactions between a broad range of academic disciplines, in the pursuit of understanding living systems. Students who join the doctoral school are trained in various disciplines (e.g. biology, physics, medicine, economy, linguistics) from around the world. Degree requirements The PhD at the FdV program represents a combination of research experience gained in the hosting lab and experience in interdisciplinary science-related activities gained through the doctoral school. Students are required to complete the FdV training program, which consists of at least 300 hours of training. Half of the hours must be completed through FdV approved courses, workshops, or activities and the remainder may be completed through external programs, international conferences, summer schools, etc. The doctoral school does not require a determined number of publications to authorize the defense. However, it recommends that students are involved in 3 publications during their thesis: One research article written with the lab, not necessarily as lead author, and not necessarily on the student’s main subject. One review type article, taking advantage of the work of interdisciplinary synthesis expected by the school. One research article as lead author on the student’s main subject. Approval to defend the thesis is granted by the doctoral school director. The director will consider the following: the Thesis Advisory Committee recommendations, research achievements, publications or dissemination of the work in thesis, and completion of the doctoral school training program including courses, conferences, and involvement in the FdV doctoral program. Featured Life Science projects Randomness and variability in animal embryogenesis, a multi-scale approach The developmental polarity and morphogenesis of a single cell Unraveling the neural circuitry of sequence-based navigation using a combined fos imaging and computational approach Mechanotransductional regulation of mesoderm invagination and posterior endoderm invagination of the Drosophila embryo Symmetry breaking and Cell polarization imposed by an external mechanical cue Featured Frontiers of Life Science Projects Traditionally, students have pursued interdisciplinary research projects in natural sciences, engineering and technology, medical and health sciences. Recently, projects in the life sciences have incorporated approaches and/or applications from other disciplines including the social sciences and humanities, however the focus of the work is on advancement of knowledge in life science. The following featured dissertations received the highest honors from their defense committees: Mention Très honorable avec Félications This grade is reserved for candidates with exceptional skills proven by their achievements and the quality of their thesis defense. It can be awarded only if a) there is a unanimous agreement of the thesis jury members under an anonymous vote and b) the jury president writes and signs an additional report justifying this distinction. [-]

PhD in Wood Biology and Wood Technology

University of Göttingen
Campus Full time 6 semesters October 2017 Germany Göttingen

The international programme on Wood Biology and Technology is a three year study which leads to a Doctoral degree. The intensive, research oriented Ph.D. programme is taught by internationally respected scientists. It is designed for highly qualified students who have studied forestry, wood sciences, biology, biochemistry, microbiology, chemistry etc. [+]

PhDs in Forestry. Programme description The international programme on Wood Biology and Technology is a three year study which leads to a Doctoral degree. The intensive, research oriented Ph.D. programme is taught by internationally respected scientists.It is designed for highly qualified students who have studied forestry, wood sciences, biology, biochemistry, microbiology, chemistry etc. To assure a high standard individual training, the number of participants in the programme is limited to 12 students per year.Within the PhD-programme every student mainly works on his or her special research project. He or she becomes part of one of these science groups and is supervised by one of the leading professors. According to the new study regulations each student has two additional tutors (professors) who usually become the co-examiners at the oral exam. PhD-students are entitled to suggest these two persons for this task. One of these persons can be a professor from another university.The students are expected to be able to work and research independently and finally present a major scientific contribution to their field of specialisation. Aside of research work successful applicants have to take part in lessons and practical courses which shall prepare them for leading management positions in the woodworking industry and in research institutes. All compulsory courses are taught in English. The programme is member of the "Georg-August University School of Science" (GAUSS).   Research Topics One major focus of the ongoing research lies on reducing the main technical disadvantages of wood in use: its limited resistance to fungi and insects, its disposition to swell and shrink and its instability to UV-radiation. The research groups in Göttingen are developing different new approaches to overcome these technical disadvantages: acetylation, modification with organic silicon compounds, coatings, heat treatment, enzymatic activation etc. Another field of research are enzymes involved in wood decay, for example lactases and other redox-enzymes that are of potential use for the wood industry. However, all other topics in the scope of wood science and wood technology can also be dealt with. Research proposals and ideas for related topics are welcome!The PhD-programme is a joint effort of the following science groups: Wood Biology and Wood Products (Prof. Dr. Holger Militz, Prof. Dr. František Hapla) Wood Technology and Wood-based Composites (Prof. Dr. Rupert Wimmer) Forest Botany (Dep. I "Forest Botany and Tree Physiology": Prof. Dr. Andrea Polle, Dep. II "Technical Mycology": Prof. Dr. Alireza Kharazipour, Dep. III "Molecular Wood Biotechnology": Prof. Dr. Ursel Kües) Forest Genetics and Forest Tree Breeding (Prof. Dr. Reiner Finkeldey) Forest Zoology and Forest Conservation (Prof. Dr. Stefan Schütz) Programme name: Wood Biology and Wood Technology Degree: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Dr. rer. nat., Dr. forest. Standard period or study: six semesters Starting semester: Winter semester or summer semester Admission: limited admission (application to the Faculty) Admission requirements: above-average master degree in related fields, short presentation about the motivation for joining this programme Application Deadline:January 1st for summer semester and June 1st for winter semester Language requirement: English (must be certified by TOEFL or IELTS)   [-]

PhD in Forestry and Forest Ecology

University of Göttingen
Campus Full time 6 semesters October 2017 Germany Göttingen

Students deepen and broaden their scientific knowledge in forest sciences and forest ecology. The programme consists of following modules: research methods, subject-specific knowledge extension, interdisciplinary topics, PhD colloquium and key qualifications. [+]

PhD in Forestry and Forest Ecology (Dr. forest. / Ph.D.)Degree: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Dr. forest.Standard period or study: six semestersStarting semester: Winter semester or summer semesterAdmission: the admission is limited (application to the faculty)Admission requirements: above-average master degree in related fields and letter of endorsement from professor of the facultyLanguage requirement: German (DHS certificate) or English (must be certified by TOEFL or IELTS), if not native speakerDescription

Students deepen and broaden their scientific knowledge in forest sciences and forest ecology. The programme consists of following modules: research methods, subject-specific knowledge extension, interdisciplinary topics, PhD colloquium and key qualifications... [-]