1. Ecology and Populational Conservation

In this line of research populational studies are developed, that subsidize native species conservation, with focus in threatened, rare, endemic, dominant and/or with large economic value species, including analysis studies in populational viability, populational models for sustainable exploration of natural resources, population genetics and conservation, to mention a few. Together in this line of research, native species auto-ecology studies are developed, involving relations between individuals and environmental conditions. Studies with exotic species are also contemplated requiring they approach questions relative to their management and other problems related to their impacts in native natural environments.

2. Ecology and Conservation of communities, ecosystems and landscapes

This line of research includes studies in the structure and dynamics of terrestrial and aquatic communities with its focus in analyzing patterns and processes related to the generation and maintenance of biological diversity. The relation between special distribution in biological communities and the physical environments characteristics is approached through landscape analysis, targeting the comprehension of determining factors in space distribution in biological communities in function of the mosaic the community is inserted in. Studies in habitat fragmentation and community resistance are also contemplated in this line of research.

3. Actions and planning for biodiversity conservation

Course section focused on the development of biodiversity conservation strategies and programs at different levels using both biological information and economic instruments and social development. The modeling of the effects of different strategies has been shown to be an efficient instrument to direct decision making by the competent organs and its use is stimulated in the studies developed in this line of research.