The Interunit Graduate Program in Applied Ecology aims to complement and enhance Master and PhD students' learning and to foster scientific research, outreach, and teaching in the interdisciplinary field of Ecology, encompassing both biotic and abiotic aspects of the environment, as well as institutional, social, economic and technological dimensions.


The Applied Ecology graduate program trains professionals to develop the necessary skills to allow them to work in educational and research institutions, both in the private sector and public organizations dealing with environmental issues. To foster the required abilities for this role, it is crucial to incorporate sustainability-related matters, encompassing social, economic, and environmental aspects, into their professional education. These skills are strongly grounded in a holistic and  interdisciplinary approach to study functioning, dynamics and disruption of environmental systems, into their professional education.


The main goals of PPGI-EA are to train human resources at graduate level and develop the core activities of the University in a multi and interdisciplinary perspective in the area of ​​knowledge in Applied Ecology, addressing issues relating to the structure and functioning of ecosystems, relationships between society and environment, as well as management and nature conservation in natural and human-altered landscapes.

Degrees granted

Master and Doctor in Sciences, major in Applied Ecology 


The graduate program in Applied Ecology is accredited by CAPES, a governmental organization which is responsible for assessing and accrediting higher education institutions in Brazil, with a grading scale ranging 1-7, where 7 is the maximum score. In the most recent triennial assessment (2010-2012), the Applied Ecology program scored 7.

Digital library of theses and dissertations

Theses and dissertations defended at the University of São Paulo starting in 2001 have been made available for online research and download. The project is associated with the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), sponsored by UNESCO and provides the option of browsing the Applied Ecology program catalog by thesis, dissertation, author or college.