Mention Agrosciences, Environnement, Territoires, Paysage, ForêtM2 Forests and their environment Publié le 05 mai 2022
Deciphering the functioning and dynamics of temperate forest ecosystems and developping quantitative tools for their sustainable management in a context of global environmental changes.
Concept and objectives
This MSc major (M2) offers a broad perspective and in-depth training on the functioning and dynamics of European forests, providing a basis to address challenges arising from environmental constraints and forest management.
The objective is to prepare for i) professional careers in R&D or expert positions in the environmental diagnosis and management of forest ecosystems in private/public, national/international institutions, ii) scientific careers in research institutions conducting programs in forest ecology and management.
An introductory session gives an overview of European forests and the major issues related to their management.
The core of the major provides fundamental and applied knowledge on the functioning and dynamics of forest ecosystems and communities, including tree physiology, biogeochemistry and ecology.
A “tools & methods” session provides knowledge and training on the main quantitative tools used in ecosystem diagnosis and experiment analysis, including GIS, statistics, and modelling.
Institutional framework and connection to research
The MSc major program provides a research-driven approach to the understanding and management of forest ecosystems. The teaching staff includes more than 30 professors and senior scientists from 9 research labs at AgroParisTech, Université de Lorraine (UL) and INRAE (inrae.fr/centres/grand-est-nancy).
In addition to the balance between fundamental and practical knowledge, practitioners from organizations involved in forest management and R&D will also provide a connection to forest management issues, and ensure both a professional and academic education.
The Forests and their Environment major seeks to recruit 15-20 students on selective bases.
Depending on their education, applicants should justify a 1st year MSc level (M1) or a master's degree or equivalent (M2), as acknowledged in the EHEA (European Higher Education Area), and educational background in the fields of forestry, plant science, ecology, ecophysiology, or environmental science.
A B2 level in English is required. See the self-assessment grid of Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) at: https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/home. Equivalent qualifications are: IELTS >5, TOIEC >785, TOEFL IBT > 90, or Cambridge FCE.
Applicants in M1 should be very good French spreakers! Level B2 required!