The Susquehanna River Valley is one of the best places to study the natural world. At the confluence of its major river, we’re surrounded by abundant waterways, forests and farms. We have a state-of-the-art freshwater research laboratory and an 87-acre environmental field station right on campus.

In our ecology program, you’ll study everything from streams, lakes and wetlands to nutrient cycling and land ecosystems. Learn how air, water, soil and organisms coexist and how wildlife functions within their native habitats.

Research opportunities abound

Work for our Freshwater Research Institute or the Susquehanna Research Partners Program, and spend the summer getting paid to conduct research. Study vertebrate natural history on a spring break trip to Costa Rica. Collaborate with other universities, the Fish and Boat Commission, or the Chesapeake Conservancy.

Research what most interests you, guided by expert faculty specializing in aquatic ecology, soil science, behavioral ecology, paleoecology, vertebrate ecology, plant ecology, wetlands ecology, and population and community ecology.

Then, present your paper at a national or regional conference — an opportunity we make available to you.

Step into career success

Be ready to begin master’s or doctoral degree programs in the sciences or to jump right into a career in wildlife, fisheries or environmental consulting; zoology; wildlife conservation; and much more.


    Many of our students are involved with the Freshwater Research Institute, which includes a dedicated laboratory and state-of-the-art equipment for river research.



    Study agroecology at the nearby Center for Environmental Education and Research or visit George A. Hepner Ecology Laboratory at Camp Karoondinha, a 600-acre field research station with a variety of habitats.

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