The School of Biology and Ecology is associated with several other programs jointly providing opportunities for graduate study:
The Climate Change Institute offers a tremendous resource for studies in paleoecology.
Students of genetics may choose study in a Ph.D. program on mammalian genetics offered in cooperation with The Jackson Laboratory. Thesis work may be conducted at The Jackson Laboratory; the doctorate is awarded by the University.
Training in applied fishery science is provided through the Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, operated at the University under an agreement among the University, the Biological Resources Division of the U. S. Geological Survey, the Wildlife Management Institute, and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Also, the Migratory Fish Research Institute supports basic research on fishes.
A student of marine biology may enlist an advisory committee composed of faculty from the School of Marine Sciences as well as Biology and Ecology.
Students in ecology may work jointly with Biology and Ecology faculty and faculty in other departments such as those cooperating with Biological Sciences in the Ecology and Environmental Sciences Program, including the departments of Wildlife Ecology, BioResource Engineering, School of Forest Resources, Plant, Soil & Environmental Science, Resource Economics and Policy, and the School of Marine Sciences and Mitchell Water Research Institute.