The Quantitative Spatial Ecology, Evolution, and Environment (QSE3) IGERT is an NSF-funded program at the University of Florida that started in Fall 2008. QSE3 involves students and faculty from 10 programs and departments (Biology, Mathematics, Statistics, Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, Geography, Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences, Forest Resources & Conservation, Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Infectious Diseases & Pathology [Veterinary Medicine], Computer & Information Science & Engineering) at UF and outside clients from state, federal and international agencies. The program focuses on the critically important and conceptually unifying theme of spatial dynamics, covering topics such as evolution and spread of emerging pathogens; the causes and consequences of shifting species distributions; and conservation of species in patchy habitats. To tackle these critical issues, graduate students must acquire an arsenal of tools from the disparate fields of mathematics, biology, geography, and statistics. We seek to train scientists who embrace a new philosophy about quantitative tools, who can speak to colleagues from different disciplines, and who can function as part of intellectually diverse teams by bringing different tools to bear on shared problems.
The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship
(IGERT) program seeks to train scientists and engineers to address the
global questions of the future. Through the use of innovative curricula
and internships, and by focusing on problem-centered training, these
programs give their graduates the edge needed to become leaders in
their chosen fields.
How Can I Get Involved?
Students may become a part of the QSE3 IGERT program through a number of avenues. The weekly colloquium is open to all students (see the colloquium tab above for time, location, and schedule). The colloquium features guest speakers, student-led discussions, and hands-on mini-workshops for learning mathematical and statistical techniques related to analyzing spatial data. By filling out a short on-line application (see the application tab above), students may become a QSE3 affiliate. By becoming an affiliate, the student will be eligible to submit proposals for annual research funds, to attend IGERT activities such as field trips, and to enroll in IGERT classes when space allows.
Announcement: Funds for RAships for PhD students
The QSE3 Annual Symposium is held during spring semester of each year. The Symposium includes a variety of activities including guest speakers, student and UF faculty presentations, discussion panels, and workshops. The Symposium is open to all who may be interested in learning about spatial ecology and the activities of the QSE3 IGERT.
To see the schedule from previous symposia:
Some of the materials used for the 2012 Symposium workshops:
External Advisory Board Report
In years 2 (2009/2010) and 5(2012/2013) of the IGERT grant, our external advisory board visits our program to provide feedback and support for the QSE3 program. After visiting with co-PIs, faculty council members, fellows and affiliated students, they provide a written report of their findings. The final report was recently submitted for the External Advisory Board and can be found here.Project Information
A project description (PDF) and a project summary (PDF) provide more information on our IGERT program. You can also see the QSE3 IGERT Proposal to NSF. For further information or questions concerning our IGERT, contact QSE3 Program Coordinator