The Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF) coordinates the PhD in Terrestrial Ecology which consists in writing, presenting and defending am original piece of research which, in this case, is framed within the ambit of the terrestrial ecology.

This PhD programme is aimed at students interested in understanding the processes involved in global environmental change and the loss of biodiversity, as well as possible actions to mitigate the damaging effects of environmental changes and the conservation of natural resources.

The main professional opportunities arising from this PhD programme are:

  • Researchers or lecturer in public research organisations and universities
  • Managers of public and private institutions responsible for land management
  • Specialists in the private sector

The PhD programme consists of 35 lecturers and associated researchers working on the following lines of research: Biodiversity, Functional ecology and global change; Forest ecology and fires; Soil protection and conservation; Remote sensing and GIS.

Candidate profile

The specific requirements of the program have been established to ensure a student profile that maximizes the probabilities of success in the program. The student must have recognized experience in research, deep knowledge of the concepts and basic tools in terrestrial ecology and ability to assimilate new knowledge and must have proficiency in English.

Professional opportunities

This PhD programme provides the following principal career options.
•Researcher or lecturer in public research bodies and universities.
•Specialist working in public or private institutions, charged with managing land use in general and natural systems in particular.
•Work in private companies operating in the fields of natural resources management, conservation and restoration of ecosystems, or biological control.


Anna Àvila Castells


Building C
UAB Campus
08193 Cerdanyola del Vallès
Phone 0034 93 581 13 12
Contact: Anna Avila (


Excellence Award
This PhD programme obtained the prestigious Mention for Excellence of the Ministry of Education for the RD 1393/2007, which enabled the program could be submitted to calls for mobility grants for students and teachers, and that had other advantages in public calls.
Number of places available: 10
Fees: aprox. €540 per year View detail of the PhD's fees
Organising universities and institutions:
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Associated departments or institutes:
Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals (CREAF)
Department of Animal Biology, Plant Biology and Ecology

Collaborating institutions:
Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos "Alexander von Humboldt"
Universidad Nacional de Colòmbia
Universidad Nacional de Asunción (Paraguay)

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