About us





About us

The Graduate School in Ecology, Conservation, and Wildlife Management (ECMVS) was created in 1989 as an interdepartmental course under the aegis of the departments of General Biology, Botany and Zoology of the Institute of Biological Sciences of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (ICB/UFMG), where it is based. ECMVS acts in cooperation with the other departments of the ICB and the Institute of Geosciences, and holds agreements with several national and international institutions. Our graduate school is managed by a committee formed by representatives of the three departments in charge and student representatives, overseen by one coordinator and one vice-coordinator.



ECMVS aims to be a transdisciplinary graduate school, in which faculty and students work on Ecology and Conservation. Our students take courses and develop projects focused on solving academic problems and practical issues of the society. Most of our graduates manage to establish themselves professionally in universities, research institutes, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and international organizations.



We aim to carry out scientific research following the highest international standards, connected to current theories and frameworks, while giving our students a solid scientific education, with emphasis on ecology, conservation, and wildlife management, so that they may apply the skills and knowledge acquired in different academic and non-academic sectors of society.

Lines of research

ECMVS has three main lines of research, which guide our research, teaching and extension activities. Master’s candidates must indicate the line they want to pursue, when they register for each selection process.


Line 1

Conservation and Wildlife Management: encompasses projects related to the assessment and monitoring of biodiversity at all levels of biological complexity.


Line 2

Ecology and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems: encompasses limnological studies carried out in freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with adjacent riparian zones, from a multidisciplinary perspective focuses on the search for solutions to environmental issues.


Line 3

Ecological Processes, Applied Ecology, and Environmental Management: encompasses studies on ecological systems at different levels of biological complexity, aiming at describing patterns and understanding the processes that generate them, in addition to studies on theoretical ecology, mathematical modeling, environmental management, ecophysiology, conservation, and wildlife management.