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Graduate Program

Student Snapshot

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UVM Plant Biology graduate student Stacy Jorgensen

Stacy Jorgensen is a Master's student working in the Barrington lab on hybridization, polyploidy, and speciation. A general enthusiasm for using molecular tools to answer questions about plants led Stacy to Dr. Barrington's lab, where they use an array of genetic tools to explore hybrid origins and evolutionary histories in the fern genus Polystichum.

Thesis-Based Plant Biology Program

The Plant Biology Department offers a research-oriented thesis-based program toward a M.S. or a Ph.D. in Plant Biology that provides training in basic scientific research in diverse aspects of plant biology. These include developmental genetics, molecular regulation of gene expression, cell biology, plant-microbe interactions, ecological genomics, systematics and biogeography, and ecology of plant population and community dynamics. Please click here for a list Plant Biology laboratory groups organized by their areas of research. Most graduate students in the Plant Biology graduate program earn a Ph.D. though exceptional candidates seeking a M.S. are also accepted.

Project-Based Field Naturalist Program

The Department is also home to the project-based Field Naturalist M.S. program. This is a unique field-based program that develops the potential of tomorrow's conservation leaders by emphasizing scientific integration, oral and written communication, and environmental problem solving.

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