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Ecology ( Ph.D. )

1. Research Areas

  • Ecological Science
  • Ecological Engineering
  • Ecological Management

2. Program Duration and Credit

All requirements for a Ph.D. degree generally are met within three years of admission to degree status. Extensions may be applied by the graduate and granted by Ph.D. committee of the college of life science. The maximum school years are not longer than 7 years (including the extension time).
For a Ph.D. degree, a minimum of 20 credits is required. At least 12 credits of academic courses must be included in the total credits.

3. Academic Core Courses and Introduction

As a newborn interdisciplinary field, BIOINFORMATICS presents itself along with the development of Human Genome Project (HGP) and computer science since the 1990’s. Though it was based on molecular, structural biology, information theory and computer technology, the kernel of bioinformatics is research on the relation between molecular structures and functions, which relates to the collection, analyses and applications of biological information. Bioinformatics aims to reveal the complexity of genome structural information and the fundamentality disciplinarian of heredity language, and interpret heredity language of life; therefore, the developing of bioinformatics research will drive life science remarkable progress. Bioinformatics is a cutting-edge course for PhD whose specialties belong to life science. The course is tightly related with other courses, which can help students integrate knowledge. Bioinformatics is thoroughly academic, far going, rapidly developmental, easy to carry out, meanwhile the emphases of life science research in post-genomics era.

The components of modern scientific research include:

  • observation of a particular event
  • statement of problem
  • formulation of hypothesis
  • making a prediction
  • design of the experiment
  • statistical analyses of data
  • drawing conclusions

Many investigations in the field of ecology have become quantitative, in that a great many types of ecological observations consist of numerical facts called data. As focal variables are counted or measured, it becomes apparent that some objective methods are necessary to aid the investigator in collecting, presenting, analyzing and reporting research data. Before data can be analyzed, they must be collected, and here statistical considerations can aid in the design of experiments and in the setting up of hypotheses to be tested. Thus, a basic knowledge of statistical principles and procedures and skills of using statistical software are of importance.

Methodology on Ecological Research 
This course includes ecology experiment method, data collection, data analysis and mathematical modeling. It teaches experimental design and statistical methodology that is essential for ecological and environmental studies. The course takes students learn a basic approach to research on ecology, development process and have a comprehensive understanding of the current progress. Moreover, the students can learn about the basic concept of ecology research, methods and skills. Topics covered, such as the methods of molecular ecology, individual ecology, population ecology and global ecology, will allow the student to apply the necessary skills in the field, laboratory, mathematical and statistical tools.

Molecular Biology
This course focuses on the application of molecular biology technology in Ecology studies. This course is composed of four part:

  • the definition of Molecular Ecology
  • The progress of Molecular ecology
  • The current methods used in molecular ecology
  • the connection with current research projects. Molecular ecology have been used to investigate speciation, population genetic variation, epigenetic variation, ecological adaptation and mate choice. By conducting this course, Students can clearly know the current research topic

Seminar in Ecology
The objective of this course, "seminar in ecology", is to help doctoral students to obtain the ability of scientific thinking, scientific innovation, as well as to solve practical problems by exchanging and discussing each other the current progresses in their thesis research. Course is conducted in the form of weekly seminar in the laboratory or research group as a unit. The seminar topics include:

  • Journal club: discuss the latest literatures in Ecology and know the current research topic
  • Project report: discuss the current research progress, resolve the potential problem, and increase the reasonability of current project

4. Supervisors

Xiang Ji, Hongying Sun, Zhou Yang.