The Program in Integrative Conservation at UGA is Accepting Applications!

The University of Georgia is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for Fall 2018 for our Integrative Conservation (ICON) doctoral program. Funded assistantships are available to outstanding students. The ICON Ph.D. program is open to students applying to one of four “home departments” including the Odum School of Ecology (, the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources (, the Department of Anthropology (, and the Department of Geography (

With the current rate of global change, conservation and management of our natural resources needs to adapt to a complex set of challenges. Responding effectively to these challenges requires both disciplinary expertise and agility to work across disciplines. The University of Georgia’s ICON Ph.D. program is designed to meet that need by ensuring that students gain disciplinary depth while also learning to collaborate across fields of practice by engaging faculty from the natural and social sciences to train students in an integrative and holistic way.

At the same time, this program strives to move beyond the paradigm of interdisciplinarity by reaching outside of academia to bring together academics and practitioners. Through internships and collaborative research, students will interact with professionals engaged in management and conservation as partners and colleagues. These experiences, along with training modules led by communications experts, will ensure that students learn to communicate effectively and strategically with those from other backgrounds and disciplines as well as with lay audiences.

For more information, please contact Dr. Sonia Hernandez, ICON Program Graduate Coordinator (, at the Center for Integrative Conservation Research (CICR) at the University of Georgia or visit the ICON website: