The Applied Biodiversity Science (ABS) Program at Texas A&M University was founded in the fall of 2007 with a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (NSF-IGERT) program. The mission of the ABS Program is threefold:
- To develop a multi-disciplinary doctoral program at Texas A&M that focuses on biodiversity science and conservation;
- To provide funding and mentoring for students enrolled in the program;
- To build a community of scholars involved in biodiversity science and conservation.
The ABS Program strives to develop capacity in the faculty and students from the ten different departments at Texas A&M with whom we collaborate.
Three pillars support the program:
- integrated research in biological and social sciences;
- cross-disciplinary research and collaboration with conservation institutions and actors in the field;
- application of conservation theory to practice
Research teams of faculty mentors and students, in collaboration with international partners, will develop complementary dissertations related to two research themes: (A) Ecological Functions and Biodiversity; and (B) Communities and Governance. The ABS Program produces scientists prepared to understand ecological functions of local ecosystems, and also the activities and needs of surrounding communities in wider social, economic, and political contexts.
Original funding proposal (pdf)