The structured PhD program PEER is part of the Bayreuth Graduate School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences (BayNAT) started in autumn 2009. It educates graduate students in Ecology and Environmental Research, a designated focus at the University of Bayreuth. Over 200 scholars and scientists in 25 research groups in the fields of Biology and Earth Sciences carry out work related to these themes. Research ranges from the structure and function of ecosystems, biodiversity assessments, and nature conservation to climate research and issues of environmental pollution and restoration ecology.
The PhD program is centered at the Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research (BayCEER), which coordinates expertise and research efforts within the focus area. Young scientists profit from the broadly oriented information exchange that is cultivated at BayCEER through workshops, seminars, and interdisciplinary research. Graduate students have access in their research to an infrastructure of shared research laboratories, workshops, established experimental sites, and database applications.