Natural Resource Sciences

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Natural Resource Sciences

Location

Location

  • Department of Natural Resource Sciences
  • McGill University, Macdonald Campus
  • 21,111 Lakeshore Road
  • Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue QC H9X 3V9
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-7838
  • Email: gradstudies.macdonald [at] mcgill.ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/nrs

About Natural Resource Sciences

About Natural Resource Sciences

The Department of Natural Resource Sciences offers programs leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in:

  • Agricultural Economics (M.Sc. only)
  • Entomology (includes Environment and Neotropical Environment options)
  • Microbiology (includes Bioinformatics and Environment options)
  • Renewable Resources (includes Forest Science, Micrometeorology, Soil Science, Wildlife Biology with Environment, and Neotropical Environment options)

An interdisciplinary option in Bioinformatics for doctoral students is also available.

The Department possesses, or has access to, excellent facilities for laboratory and field research. Affiliated with the Department are the Lyman Entomological Museum and Research Laboratory, the Molson Nature Reserve, the Morgan Arboretum, and the Ecomuseum of the St. Lawrence Valley Natural History Society; details are available on the Natural Resource Sciences website.

Master of Science Degrees

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Agricultural Economics (Thesis) (46 credits)

This program provides students with applied economic concepts and tools to identify, define, and analyze economic problems affecting the performance of the agri-food sector and the environment. The ideal prior preparation is an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Economics or Economics, including undergraduate courses in intermediate economic theory (micro and macro), calculus, algebra, statistics, and econometrics.

Attention is given to the development of analytical skills in the broad areas of agricultural, environmental, and ecological economics. Students may specialize, by way of their research program, in agribusiness, development, finance, marketing and trade, policy, and resource economics. The program prepares graduates for rewarding careers in research, analysis, and decision-making in academia, private and NGO sectors, and government.

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Entomology (Thesis) (45 credits)

Graduate students in the entomology program work within, and often across, multiple disciplines of basic and applied environmental sciences. Specialties within the program include terrestrial arthropod ecology, physiology, zoogeography, diversity, and systematics. Our students typically have exceptionally strong backgrounds in one or more of these specialties and an interest in research that advances both theory and applied management of ecosystems. After completing their degrees they go on to careers in academia, environmental policy, government agencies, industry, and other fields.

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Entomology (Thesis) — Environment (46 credits)

Please contact the Department for more information about this program.

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Entomology (Thesis) — Neotropical Environment (48 credits)

Please contact the Department for more information about this program.

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Microbiology (Thesis) (45 credits)

Graduate students in the microbiology program work within, and often across, multiple disciplines of basic and applied environmental sciences. Specialties within the program range from the study of microbial diversity in extreme environments, either natural or man-induced, to the role of microbes in managed ecosystems, such as in agriculture and forests. Our students typically have exceptionally strong backgrounds in one or more of these specialties and an interest in research that advances our fundamental knowledge about microorganisms as well as leads to improved efficiencies of our managed ecosystems. After completing their degrees they go on to careers in academia, environmental policy, government agencies, industry, and other fields.

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Microbiology (Thesis) — Environment (46 credits)

Please contact the Department for more information about this program.

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Renewable Resources (Thesis) (45 credits)

Graduate students in the renewable resources program work within, and often across, multiple disciplines of basic and applied environmental sciences. Specialties within the program include environmental and ecological economics, environmental health and toxicology, forest ecology, fish and fisheries biology, landscape ecology, limnology, micrometeorology, soil science, and wildlife biology. They typically have exceptionally strong backgrounds in one or more of these specialties and an interest in research that advances both theory and applied management of natural resources. After completing their degrees they go on to careers in academia, environmental policy, government agencies, industry, and other fields.

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Renewable Resources (Thesis) — Environment (46 credits)

Please contact the Department for more information about this program.

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Renewable Resources (Thesis) — Neotropical Environment (48 credits)

Please contact the Department for more information about this program.

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Renewable Resources (Non-Thesis) — Environmental Assessment (45 credits)

This program is currently not offered.

Ph.D. Degrees in Entomology, Microbiology, or Renewable Resources (Includes Micrometeorology, Forest Science, Soil Science, and Wildlife Biology)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Entomology

Graduate students in the entomology program work within, and often across, multiple disciplines of basic and applied environmental sciences. Specialties within the program include terrestrial arthropod ecology, physiology, zoogeography, diversity, and systematics. Our students typically have exceptionally strong backgrounds in one or more of these specialties and an interest in research that advances both theory and applied management of ecosystems. After completing their degrees they go on to careers in academia, environmental policy, government agencies, industry, and other fields.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Entomology — Environment

Please contact the Department for more information about this program.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Entomology — Neotropical Environment

Please contact the Department for more information about this program.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Microbiology

Graduate students in the microbiology program work within, and often across, multiple disciplines of basic and applied environmental sciences. Specialties within the program range from the study of microbial diversity in extreme environments, either natural or man-induced, to the role of microbes in managed ecosystems, such as in agriculture and forests. Our students typically have exceptionally strong backgrounds in one or more of these specialties and an interest in research that advances our fundamental knowledge about microorganisms and leads to improved efficiencies of our managed ecosystems. After completing their degrees they go on to careers in academia, environmental policy, government agencies, industry, and other fields.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Microbiology — Bioinformatics

Please contact the Department for more information about this program.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Microbiology — Environment

Please contact the Department for more information about this program.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Renewable Resources

Graduate students in the renewable resources program work within, and often across, multiple disciplines of basic and applied environmental sciences. Specialties within the program include environmental and ecological economics, environmental health and toxicology, forest ecology, fish and fisheries biology, landscape ecology, limnology, micrometeorology, soil science, and wildlife biology. They typically have exceptionally strong backgrounds in one or more of these specialties and an interest in research that advances both theory and applied management of natural resources. After completing their degrees they go on to careers in academia, environmental policy, government agencies, industry, and other fields.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Renewable Resources — Environment

Please contact the Department for more information about this program.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Renewable Resources — Neotropical Environment

Please contact the Department for more information about this program.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2016-2017 (last updated Jul. 15, 2016) (disclaimer)

Natural Resource Science Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Natural Resource Science Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

M.Sc. Thesis (Agricultural Economics)

Direct admission to the M.Sc. requires the completion of a B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics or a closely related area, with the equivalent cumulative grade point average of 3.0/4.0 (second class–upper division) or 3.2/4.0 during the last two years of full-time university study. High grades are expected in courses considered by the academic unit to be preparatory to the graduate program.

The ideal preparation includes courses in agricultural economics, economic theory (intermediate micro and macro), calculus, linear algebra, and statistics. Students with deficiencies in these areas will be required to take additional courses as part of their degree program.

M.Sc. Thesis (Entomology, Microbiology, Renewable Resources)

Candidates are required to have a bachelor's degree with an equivalent cumulative grade point average of 3.0/4.0 (second class–upper division) or 3.2/4.0 during the last two years of full-time university study. High grades are expected in courses considered by the academic unit to be preparatory to the graduate program.

M.Sc. in Renewable Resources (Non-Thesis) – Environmental Assessment Option

Applications are not being accepted for the current academic year; the program is currently under review.

Ph.D. Thesis (Entomology, Microbiology, Renewable Resources)

Candidates are normally required to hold an M.Sc. degree and will be judged primarily on their ability to conduct an original and independent research study.

Qualifying Students

Some applicants whose academic degrees and standing entitle them to serious consideration for admission to graduate studies, but who are considered inadequately prepared in the subject selected, may be admitted to a Qualifying program if they have met the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies minimum CGPA of 3.0/4.0. The course(s) to be taken in a Qualifying program will be prescribed by the academic unit concerned. Qualifying students are registered in graduate studies, but not as candidates for a degree. Only one Qualifying year is permitted. Successful completion of a Qualifying program does not guarantee admission to a degree program.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available but limited and highly competitive. It is suggested that students give serious consideration to their financial planning before submitting an application. Normally, a student will not be accepted unless adequate financial support can be provided through a scholarship/award and/or by the student’s supervisor. Academic units cannot guarantee financial support via teaching assistantships.

Application Procedures

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See University Regulations and Resources > Graduate > Graduate Admissions and Application Procedures > Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

Additional Requirements

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:

  • Acceptance to all programs normally depends on a staff member agreeing to serve as the student’s supervisor and the student obtaining financial support.
  • The GRE – not required, but highly recommended.

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines listed here are set by the Department of Natural Resource Sciences and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at www.mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.

Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: May 31 Fall: March 15 Fall: Same as Canadian/International
Winter: Oct. 15 Winter: Aug. 31 Winter: Same as Canadian/International
Summer: N/A Summer: N/A Summer: N/A

Admission to graduate studies is competitive; accordingly, late and/or incomplete applications are considered only as time and space permit.

International applicants are advised to apply well in advance of these dates because immigration procedures may be lengthy.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2016-2017 (last updated Jul. 15, 2016) (disclaimer)

Natural Resource Sciences Faculty

Natural Resource Sciences Faculty

Chair
James W. Fyles
Graduate Program Director
Benoît Côté
Program Director - Agricultural Economics
Paul J. Thomassin
Emeritus Professors
David M. Bird; B.Sc.(Guelph), M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.) – Wildlife Biology
William H. Hendershot; B.Sc.(Tor.), M.Sc.(McG.), Ph.D.(Br. Col.) – Soil Science
Edmund S. Idziak; B.Sc.(Agr.), M.Sc.(McG.), D.Sc.(Delft) – Microbiology
Angus F. MacKenzie; B.S.A., M.Sc.(Sask.), Ph.D.(Cornell) – Soil Science
Peter H. Schuepp; Dipl.Sc.Nat.(Zür.), Ph.D.(Tor.) – Agricultural Physics
Robin K. Stewart; B.Sc.(Agr.), Ph.D.(Glas.) – Entomology
Professors
Peter Brown; B.A.(Haver.), M.A., Ph.D.(Col.) (joint appt. with Geography and McGill School of Environment) – Environmental Policy and Ethics
James W. Fyles; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Vic., BC), Ph.D.(Alta.) (Tomlinson Chair in Forest Ecology) – Forest Resources
Joann Whalen; B.Sc.(Agr.)(Dal.), M.Sc.(McG.), Ph.D.(Ohio St.) – Soil Science
Lyle G. Whyte; B.Sc.(Regina), Ph.D.(Wat.) – Microbiology
Associate Professors
Niladri Basu; B.Sc.(Qu.), M.Sc.(Br. Col.), Ph.D.(McG.) (Canada Research Chair) (joint appt. with School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition) – Ecotoxicology
Elena Bennett; B.A.(Oberlin), M.S., Ph.D.(Wisc.) (joint appt. with McGill School of Environment) – Ecosystem Ecology
Christopher Buddle; B.Sc.(Guelph), Ph.D.(Alta.) – Forest Insect Ecology
Jeffrey Cardille; B.Sc.(Carn. Mell), M.Sc.(Georgia Tech.), M.Sc., PhD.(Wisc.) (joint appt. with McGill School of Environment) – Landscape Ecology
Benoît Côté; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Laval) – Forest Resources
Brian T. Driscoll; B.Sc., Ph.D.(McM.) – Microbiology
Gary B. Dunphy; B.Sc.(New Br.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Nfld.) – Entomology
Gordon Hickey; B.Sc.(Melb.), Ph.D.(Br. Col.), EMPA(ANZSOG, Monash) – Sustainable Natural Resource Management
Murray Humphries; B.Sc.(Manit.), M.Sc.(Alta.), Ph.D.(McG.) – Wildlife Biology
Ian B. Strachan; B.Sc.(Tor.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Qu.) – Micrometeorology
Paul J. Thomassin; B.Sc.(McG.), M.S., Ph.D.(Hawaii Pac.) – Agricultural and Environmental Economics
Terry A. Wheeler; B.Sc.(Nfld.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Guelph) – Entomology
Assistant Professors
Asim Biswas; B.Sc.(BCKV), M.Sc.(UAS Bangalore), Ph.D.(Sask.) – Soil Physics
Kyle Elliott; B.Sc.(Br. Col.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Manit.) (Canada Research Chair) – Avian Conservation Biology
Sebastien Faucher; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Montr.) – Microbiology
Jessica Head; B.Sc.(McG.), Ph.D.(Ott.) – Ecotoxicology
Nicolas Kosoy; B.Sc.(Univ. Simon Bolivar), M.Sc.(Univ. of Kent, Univ. Autonoma de Barcelona), Ph.D.(Univ. Autonoma de Barcelona) (joint appt. with McGill School of Environment) – Ecological Economics
Christopher Solomon; B.Sc.(Cornell), Ph.D.(Wisc.) – Wildlife Biology
Associate Members
David Green (Redpath Museum)
Marilyn Scott (Institute of Parasitology)
Adjunct Professors
Doug Crump
Kimberly Fernie
Charles W. Greer
Suren Kulshreshtha
Affiliate Member
Geoffrey Sunahara
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2016-2017 (last updated Jul. 15, 2016) (disclaimer)

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Agricultural Economics (Thesis) (46 credits)

Students may specialize, by way of their research program, in agri-business, development, finance, marketing and trade, policy, and resource and ecological economics.

For more information, see Master of Science (M.Sc.) Agricultural Economics (Thesis) (46 credits).

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Entomology (Thesis) (45 credits)

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Entomology (Thesis) — Environment (46 credits)

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Entomology (Thesis) — Neotropical Environment (48 credits)

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Microbiology (Thesis) (45 credits)

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Microbiology (Thesis) — Environment (46 credits)

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Renewable Resources (Thesis) (45 credits)

Includes Micrometeorology, Forest Science, Soil Science and Wildlife Biology as areas of research.

For more information, see Master of Science (M.Sc.) Renewable Resources (Thesis) (45 credits).

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Renewable Resources (Thesis) — Environment (46 credits)

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Renewable Resources (Thesis) — Neotropical Environment (48 credits)

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Renewable Resources (Non-Thesis) — Environmental Assessment (45 credits)

**This program is currently not offered.** ...

For more information, see Master of Science (M.Sc.) Renewable Resources (Non-Thesis): Environmental Assessment (45 credits).

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Entomology

Includes Micrometeorology, Forest Science, Soil Science, and Wildlife Biology.

For more information, see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Entomology.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Entomology — Environment

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Entomology — Neotropical Environment

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Microbiology

Includes Micrometeorology, Forest Science, Soil Science, and Wildlife Biology.

For more information, see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Microbiology.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Microbiology — Bioinformatics

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Microbiology — Environment

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Renewable Resources

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Renewable Resources — Environment

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Renewable Resources — Neotropical Environment

Faculty of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences—2016-2017 (last updated Jul. 15, 2016) (disclaimer)