Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems
The world faces a crisis risking extinction of species through global warming. TropiMundo is an EC-funded and excellence-labelled Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems.
They aim to bring together expert Higher Education Institutes (HEI), with long-standing worldwide expertise in tropical rain-forests and woodlands and in tropical coastal ecosystems. TropiMundo students are able to concentrate on botany, zoology and integrative ecosystem approaches in institutions worldwide in 2 Master years, of which an entire semester is spent in the tropics.
Specialisation is possible on the evolution of tropical flora and vegetation, and manage biodiversity data and databases (bio-geographical, genetical, geographical information systems) including the management and conservation of historic in faunistic assemblages, on informatics tools to treat collections such as herbarium sheets, on the study of diversity, dynamics and evolution of tropical and subtropical ecosystems (with a focus on four related systems, namely tropical rain-forests and woodlands, mangrove forests, sea-grass beds and coral reefs, including the interactions between flora, fauna, man and the environment within and between each of these adjacent ecosystems), on conservation and restoration ecology of natural habitats and their biodiversity including competences in sustainable management and governance of biodiversity, and finally, on tropical ethnobotany, exploitation and valorisation of natural resources and conservation of traditional ecological knowledge.