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University of Florida offers online master’s degree in wildlife forensic science

This program will benefit wildlife law enforcement professionals, conservation biologists, wildlife management and ecology students, environmental scientists, policy makers and many more specialists.

University of Florida offers online master’s degree in wildlife forensic science

The University of Florida has started a online master of science degree program in wildlife forensic sciences and conservation. This program will benefit wildlife law enforcement professionals, conservation biologists, wildlife management and ecology students, environmental scientists, policy makers and many more specialists. These crimes have resulted in a billion-dollar threat that spans countries and continents, exploiting some of the world’s most endangered species. 

“There is a lack of awareness and regulation which has aided the rise of wildlife crime,” says Jason H. Byrd, Ph.D., associate director of UF’s William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine and an associate professor in the College of Medicine’s department of pathology, immunology, and laboratory medicine. “It is vital that wildlife protection professionals are equipped to combat these issues with proven methods for investigation and evidence collection.”

The program’s goal is to meet the dearth of practical training that wildlife law enforcement officers face. Students will build a foundation of knowledge to help those who are tasked with defending nature by using skills such as evidentiary analysis of DNA, handling trace evidence, and the classification of illegal animal products. These are crucial components that lead to the capture of criminals and the building of solid cases for their prosecution.

The graduate program is a part of the forensic studies provided by the William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine, which is an interdisciplinary partnership of UF’s colleges of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Liberal Arts and Sciences. The degree can be completed in as little as two years and does not require a thesis.

Complete details on the program, admission requirements, tuition and financial aid opportunities, can be found at http://masters.wildlife.forensics.med.ufl.edu.

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