three students and one professor in woods with trees and green leaves, inspecting the plant life

This practical, applied program trains students in the field of restoration ecology. It prepares students for employment in fisheries, biology, wildlife management, and ecology. Students graduate with a global perspective on ecological restoration and are well-prepared for a wide variety of career options in the field.

The Society for Ecological Restoration recognizes Defiance College's restoration ecology program on its website.


Bowling Green State University
City of Columbus
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Ohio Department of Transportation
United States Geological Survey
University of Toledo
Wayne State University



This organization was established to promote ecological restoration, develop/restore small ecosystems, and increase environmental awareness by connecting with nature through positive learning experiences which will benefit ourselves, our environment, and wildlife in our community. The Ecology Club is responsible for DC's campus-wide recycling program and road-side pickup. It is open to any student with an interest in environmental issues and the outdoors.


Douglas D. Kane, Ph.D.
Nathan Griggs, Ph.D.
Somnath Dutta, Ph.D.