Ecology is the study of how organisms interact with their physical and biological environment. The ecology specialization is designed for students interested in basic and applied ecology, including fisheries, wildlife management, forestry, ecological restoration and conservation biology. Students following this specialization will gain experience in natural history, field research and experimental design. Potential careers may be found in federal, state and tribal agencies, or private environmental consulting firms. The ecology faculty strongly suggest that every student augment the single required taxonomy course with an elective second taxonomy course. Students interested in graduate study in ecology should work closely with their advisor to tailor this specialization to their particular field of interest.