The PPGEtno has an audacious proposal regarding the training of its graduates. In general, it intends that graduates have the profile of scientists or researchers who produce relevant and meaningful knowledge to understand the complexity of socioecological systems, especially in tropical regions. Considering the very nature of ethnobiology, and that nature conservation studies involve professionals with different theoretical and epistemological orientations, the PPGEtno has taken on the challenge to follow as guidelines the advices of the Intellectual Imperatives in Ethnobiology (2003), which in summary recommends that: Research projects in ethnobiology should be guided by hypotheses; It is advisable to include suitable collaborators to guarantee the rigor of the methods of different disciplines; The use of adequate and rigorous statistical analysis, as well as mathematical modeling to design data collection and analysis. Thus, we want our graduates to be able to:

  1. Prepare and execute research with the theoretical and methodological rigor required by the approach they adopt to their careers, mastering the ethical and legal implications of their investigations.
  2. To teach and train new human resources in the area of ethnobiology and/or nature conservation;
  3. Produce scientific, technological or extension knowledge aligned to the demands of the local and international scenario.
  4. Train professionals who identify themselves professionally with ethnobiology and work in the field, or train professionals who are professionally identified to act in nature conservation, but with a distinguished look at the relationships between nature and society.

 The first PhD student class completed their studies in 2016. Approximately 65% of the graduates work as lecturers and professors in public and private higher education institutions in the northeast of Brazil.