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Marine Ecology, Economics and Policy

Training the next generation of quantitative marine resource scientists to manage and conserve marine ecosystems in the 21st century



Training Programs

The Marine Ecology, Economics and Policy program at UC Davis will train scientists with specific capabilities needed to meet current and future challenges in marine resource management. Students recruited to the program will earn Ph.D. degrees in either Ecology or Agricultural and Resource Economics, with field specialties in Marine Ecology, Economics, and Policy (MEEP). Students in each disciplinary program will be required to develop core competence in their primary discipline, as well as competence in companion fields including Marine Ecology, Economics, and Policy. The Marine Ecology, Economics and Policy field will expose students to quantitative, data driven, modeling approaches that utilize mathematics, bioeconomic modeling, and statistics in a seamless fashion. Graduates will be well-versed in both ecological and economic aspects of marine management problems, as well as analytical tools for assessing and forecasting the implications of policy options. Multidisciplinary integration of students and training will be achieved with a number of new courses that emphasize joint problem solving and model building, research seminars, and participation in the summer institute program. Typical programs would include courses such as:

Marine Ecology, Economics and Policy (MEEP) Emphasis Options
Marine Ecology Emphasis
Natural Resource Economics & Policy Analysis
ECOL 200A/B: Principles and Applications of Ecological Theory ARE 200A/B/C: Microeconomic Theory
ECOL 231: Mathematical Methods in Population Biology ARE 202A/B/C: Applied Microeconomics
ECOL 232: Theoretical Ecology ARE 240A/B/C: Econometrics
ECOL 208: Issues in Conservation Biology ARE 254: Dynamic Optimization with Economic Applications
WFCB 222: Advanced Population Dynamics ARE 277: Natural Resource Economics
GEO 150A/C: Physical, Chemical and Biological Oceanography ECOL 231: Mathematical Methods in Population Biology
STAT 232A/B/C: Applied Statistics ECOL 232: Theoretical Ecology
ARE 275: Economic Analysis of Resource and Environmental Policies WFCB 222: Advanced Population Dynamics


Marine Ecology, Economics and Policy (MEEP) Emphasis Core Courses
Integrated courses for the new Marine Ecology, Economics and Policy Program
MEEP 298A: Statistical Methods of Stock Assessment and Model Fitting
MEEP 295: Summer Institute in Marine Ecology, Economics and Policy
MEEP 290: Integrative Research Seminar in Marine Ecology, Economics and Policy
MEEP 298B: Marine Ecology, Economics and Policy Core Course

In addition to these courses, students will be encouraged to take advantage of other relevant courses on campus, including ocean and coastal law, watershed management, bioeconomics, and courses from the Bodega Marine Laboratory of UCD, including summer sessions on (1) Marine Organisms and Ecology of the California Coast, (2) Effects of Coastal Pollution on Marine Organisms or (3) Coastal Oceanography and Biological Oceanography.