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Currently the Doctorate Program is made up only by the research period, during which candidates write up, present and defend their thesis. However, the direct of the Ph.D theses can recommend that they attend certain courses or seminars that could serve to improve their training in their respective fields. The writing-up and defense of such these must conform to the norms stipulated for such purposes by the University of Salamanca. At the beginning of this period, so that candidates can elaborate their theses, the University will assign each one a supervisor, in particular a specialist with accredited experience in the field. These may be corrected by other PhD-holders after approval by the Doctorate Commission. To assign a supervisor for theses two main aspects will be taken into account:

- The preferences of the candidate
- The availability of a supervisor.

The candidate will have to orient his/her research work and future thesis towards one of the research lines offered in the Program, shown below in the table with the corresponding supervisors:

Balance of interactions between plants in Mediterranean transition ecosystems: implications for the conservation and restoration of biodiversity.

Quantitative models in the description and ecological description of the landscape.
José Antonio García Rodríguez
Biodiversity and characterization of mycological communities that are indicators of terrestrial habitats.

Biodiversity and characterization of lichen communities that are bioindicators of different habitats.
Bernarda Marcos Laso
Biodiversity and conservation of vascular plants.

Mª Montserrat Martínez Ortega (mmo@usal.es)
Enrique Rico Hern√°ndez
Francisco Amich García (amich@usal.es)
Dr. Luis Delgado S√°nchez (ldelsan@usal.es)
Jos√© √Āngel S√°nchez Agudo (jasagudo@usal.es)

Biology of the conservation of terrestrial and aquatic vertebrates, both Iberian and tropical.

Environmental impact of infrastructures on vertebrates
Salvador Peris Alvarez (peris@usal.es)
Miguel Lizana Avia (lizana@usal.es)
Biology of pollinating bees. Félix Torres González (torres@usal.es)
Carbon cycle and carbon uptake and the effect of organic matter in the soil (OMS) Mª José Blanco Villegas (mache@usal.es)
Biogeochemical cycles in forested, silvo-pastoral and agro-forested ecosystems. María Isabel González Hernández (mimg@usal.es)
Juan F. Gallardo Lancho (juanf.gallardo@irnasa.csic.es)
Biological control: classic, conservation, and increase (parasitoids, control, plagues, Hymenoptera) José Antonio Egido Rodríguez (jaero@usal.es)
María Isabel González Hernández (mimg@usal.es)
Juan F. Gallardo Lancho (juanf.gallardo@irnasa.csic.es)
Soil degradation and restoration.
Soil management and quality .
José Tormos Ferrando (tormos@usal.es)
Dynamics of forest ecosystems. José Antonio Egido Rodríguez (jaero@usal.es)
María Isabel González Hernández (mimg@usal.es)
Plant ecophysiology. Fernando Silla Cortés (fsilla@usal.es)
Ecology of shrub systems; regeneration after disturbances, population dynamics and interactions.

Restoration of ecosystems.
Alfonso Escudero Beri√°n (ecoescu@usal.es)
Sonia Mediavilla Gregorio (ecomedv@usal.es)
Fernando Silla Cortés
Spatial ecology and macroecology. Analysis of biodiversity at different spatial scales in order to propose effective management and conservation measures within a context of global climate change. Belén Fernández Santos (belenfs@usal.es)
Ecology, ethology and evolution of scaled reptiles. Dolores Ferrer Cast√°n (lfcastan@usal.es)
Ecological status of continental aquatic ecosystems. Ecology of phytoplankton Valentín Pérez Mellado (valentin@usal.es)
Genetic structure of population isolates based on the use of church and municipal archives Ana Negro Domínguez (negro@usal.es)
Studies of biodiversity and seed conservation of threatened plant species and germination protocols.

Studies on pollen.
José Sánchez Sánchez (jss@usal.es)
Taxonomic, phylogenetic and phytogeographic studies of vascular plants through the use of molecular markers. Mª Montserrat Martínez Ortega (mmo@usal.es)
Enrique Rico Hern√°ndez
Francisco Amich García (amich@usal.es)
Phytocenology. The study of plant communities, their dynamics, floristic composition, structure, etc, by the phytoscoiological system.

Floristics: analysis of Iberian cormophyte plant diversity .
Juan Antonio Sánchez Rodríguez (jasr@usal.es)
Diptera as components of continental ecosystems: their importance as beneficial and pernicious agents. Manuel Portillo Rubio
Macroecology of the Apoidea in agroecosystems: effects of habitat structure on communities of solitary bees and wasps. Dra. Laura Ba√Īos Pic√≥n (lbanos@usal.es)
Evolutionary patterns of the family Orchidaceae in the western Mediterranean.

Phytostructural characterization of the vegetation in the Duero basin.
Francisco Amich García (amich@usal.es)
Taxonomy, chorology, cartography and vegetation of Iberian bryophytes. M¬™ Jes√ļs El√≠as Rivas (mjelias@usal.es)
Use of Spheciformes wasps (Insecta: Hymenoptera) as indicators of entomological diversity. Severiano Fern√°ndez Gayubo (gayubo@usal.es)
The Masterís degree has a duration of one academic year (60 ECTS credits), lasting from September to September. It requires full-time attendance, although students would be able to opt for a partial registration for a period of two years (30 ECTS each year). Special emphasis is placed on the practical side of the degree and students will be required to make a certain number of field trips and visits to renowned research centres. In its first year, the students performed more than 25 field work sessions, both in ecosystems of the Iberian Peninsula and in the Balearic Islands.
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