Auburn University offering restoration ecology online graduate certificate

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The Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences has launched an online graduate certificate program developed for professionals to advance their knowledge about restoration ecology.

As many native ecosystems have been altered, damaged and even destroyed, making ecosystem restoration and management decisions has become a critical part of how we respond to land management choices.

“This certificate will provide an essential understanding of ecological restoration best practices for the rehabilitation of degraded forests and other wildlife habitat,” said Westervelt Ecological Services Southeast Region Director John Wigginton, also recognized as a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner by the Society of Ecological Restoration.

The Restoration Ecology certificate program is designed to help students hone their communication and critical thinking skills while gaining a better understanding of terrestrial ecosystems and the processes and practices that are relevant to their restoration.

“Whether you are a private landowner, manage property for business, government or a land trust, or are an environmental educator; a graduate certificate in Restoration Ecology will complement your professional skills or position you to transition to graduate school,” said Becky Barlow, professor and coordinator of the Restoration Ecology certificate program.

The online certificate program was created to provide a convenient opportunity for working professionals to pursue continued education and advanced degrees relevant to their career interests and goals.

“Online certificate programs support graduate-level education for both non-residential and non-traditional students who would like to advance their knowledge and careers, while still remaining accessible to their employers and families,” said Janaki Alavalapati, dean of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.

As part of their coursework, students in the certificate program will also have an opportunity to develop unique projects that showcase their academic and real-world experience. These projects may be used to support the students’ academic area of interest, signature career/field experience, career interests and goals for professional marketability.

To earn a graduate certificate, students must complete 15 hours of online coursework. Students must apply through the Auburn University Graduate School, however there is no Graduate Record Examination required for enrollment.

For more information about the online graduate program, contact School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Graduate Program Coordinator Rebecca Masic at 334-844-8027 or via email at

More information about the certificate is available online at

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The Auburn University College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment is a flagship institution for natural resources-based degrees including natural resource management, geospatial and environmental informatics and sustainable biomaterials and packaging. The school serves as the backbone for Alabama’s $30 billion+ forest, wildlife and natural resources related enterprises. Its mission is to create next-generation professionals and leaders, to develop new knowledge and disseminate science-based solutions to our clientele to improve the social, economic and environmental well-being of citizens in Alabama and beyond.