The Department of Biology, School of Science offers programs leading to the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees with a major in Ecology and Biodiversity. Instruction and research areas include physiological ecology, population ecology, community ecology, biodiversity, conservation biology, functional morphology, molecular evolution and diversity, phylogenetic biology and systematics. Southern Thailand’s natural settings in Nakhon Si Thammarat and adjacent provinces both on land and in marine realms provide our students excellent research opportunities. High biodiversity areas and hotspots such as Khao Luang and Khao Nan which are part of the Nakhon Si Thammarat Mountain Range are virtually unexplored and being threatened. The seas in our region are very productive and teeming with life.
The Program provides a broad spectrum of courses and research opportunities to qualified students and fosters their long-term career development by providing opportunities to collaborate with other disciplines and explore conceptual connections and approaches between related fields under an informal intellectual atmosphere and close working relationship between students and faculty contributing to rapid learning and professional growth. Methods of instruction include formal coursework lectures, discussion and presentation forum, seminars, field trips, talks by invited guest speakers.
Our program is not only grounded in natural history, ecological interactions and diversity of organisms in their natural environment, genetic resources, and ecosystems, but also incorporating tools, analytical skills, and perspectives from across biological, physical, chemical, mathematical, computational, earth sciences, as well as last but not least human dimension of environment and biodiversity. The medium used in most instructions, presentations, and seminars is English. Trips and excursions abroad are also arranged.
Methods of research involve laboratory experiments and analysis, field observations and experiments, and computer and mathematical modeling. Fieldwork can be facilitated by numerous facilities in Thailand and aboard, such as Phuket Marine Biological Center, Marine and Freshwater Fisheries Stations, National Parks, museums, and research stations. WU also maintains Zoological Reference Collection of over 1,000 species of marine invertebrates and fishes, and Herbarium houses an extensive collection of 1,400 local plant specimens.
The Ecology and Biodiversity Graduate Program encourages prospective students to directly contact individual faculty members whose research fields match your interest. The Program will make every effort to offer financial supports and scholarships. BRT (Thailand Biodiversity Research and Training Program) is largely sponsoring qualified prospective graduate students at least ten competitive fellowships a year. Top students are encouraged to apply for the prestigious Kanchanapisek (Golden Jubilee) Scholarship for Ph.D. degree.
Program Contact Person
Name: Asst.Prof.Dr.Pitiwong Tantichodok
Contact Phone No.: +66 7567 2603
School of Science
222 Thaiburi, Tha Sala District
Nakhon Si Thammarat 80161
Tel: +66 7567 2005-6
Fax: +66 7567 2004