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Master Research Unit Biodiversity & Ecosystems for MSc Environment and Natural Resources

Are the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem performance important to you? In the MRU Biodiversity & Ecosystems you engage yourself in balanced use and protection concepts.

This specialisation (Master Research Unit MRU) examines and explores terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. In terrestrial systems, the enhancement of biodiversity in urban and rural areas is becoming increasingly important. Knowledge of the factors affecting biodiversity and their interactions is in demand for the practical implementation of measures that form part of the Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for Switzerland.

Aquatic ecosystems are among the most vulnerable ecosystems. The sustainable development and revitalisation of bodies of water, as required by the Swiss Water Protection Act, requires a fundamental understanding of complex aquatic-terrestrial links.

Competences

As a Master of Science ZFH in Environment and Natural Resources specialising in Biodiversity & Ecosystems, you will ...

  • be able to examine complex questions concerning biodiversity using appropriate methods and to formulate scientific answers.
  • be able to quantify changes in key ecosystem processes and propose practical measures.
  • know how to apply the concept of ecosystem performance to issues in urban and rural areas.
  • be able to negotiate strategies for the development of biodiversity and ecosystems based on research results.

Master's thesis

As part of your Master's thesis, you will develop your own ideas and concepts to solve scientific challenges. This will enable you to tackle complex issues independently in your future professional life. You will be able to apply and develop scientific methods, even in new or multidisciplinary contexts.

You will write your Master's thesis within your chosen research unit. The content of the thesis can be adapted to your interests and the current project status. The following selection in German and English gives an insight into the possible subjects