Faculty Actively Recruiting Graduate Students

This page lists a subset of all GDPE faculty, who are actively recruiting graduate students. Propsective students may also browse our Full Faculty Directory or search all faculty by specific research area(s).

Key to Department Abbreviations

Anthropology: Department of Anthropology
APHIS-USDA: Animal/Plant Health Inspection Service
ARE: Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
AS: Department of Animal Sciences
Atmospheric Science: Department of Atmospheric Science
Biology: Department of Biology
Biomedical Sciences: Department of Biomedical Sciences
BSPM: Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management
CBE: Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
CCC: Center for Collaborative Conservation
CEE: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Chemistry: Department of Chemistry
CIRA: Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere
Clinical Sciences: Department of Clinical Sciences
COHS: College of Applied Human Sciences
CPW: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
CRB: Center for Rhizosphere Biology
CS: Department of Computer Science
CSFS: Colorado State Forest Service
CSUWC: CSU Water Center
CU: University of Colorado
ECON: Economics
EDUC: School of Education
ENGL: Department of English
ERHS: Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences
ESS: Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability
Fort Lewis College: Fort Lewis College
FRS: Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship
FWCB: Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology

GDPE: Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
Geosciences: Department of Geosciences
HDNR: Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
Hist: Department of History
HLA: Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
LFL: Larval Fish Laboratory
LTER: Shortgrass Steppe Long Term Ecological Research Station
Mathematics: Department of Mathematics
ME: Department of Mechanical Engineering
MIP: Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology
NCAR: National Center for Atmospheric Research
NPS: National Park Service
NREL: Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory
NWRC: National Wildlife Research Center
Philosophy: Department of Philosophy
Political Science: Department of Political Science
RMRS: Rocky Mountain Research Station
RMTR: Rocky Mountain Tree Ring Research
SCS: Department of Soil and Crop Sciences
SoGES: School of Global Environmental Sustainability
Statistics: Department of Statistics
The Nature Conservancy: The Nature Conservancy
TWS: The Wilderness Society
University of Wyoming: University of Wyoming
USDA: United States Department of Agriculture
USFS-RMRS: USDA Forest Service - Rocky Mountain Research Station
USFWS: United States Fish and Wildlife Service
USGS: United States Geological Survey
WCNR: Warner College of Natural Resources Dean's Office

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(Image for Balgopal, Meena) Balgopal, Meena
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I study the impact of curriculum and instructional interventions on student learning outcomes around biological and environmental concepts. I conduct my research in both K-8th grade and in college (science and non-science majors) science classrooms. In particular, I study science writing and argumentation strategies to help students learn how to make evidence-based science claims about environmental or biological issues.
(Image for Bowser, Gillian) Bowser, Gillian
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Sustainability and conservation ecology; the interaction of people with natural resources and ecology - how climate change impacts resources and the disparate impacts on different communities and cultures associated with those resources
(Image for Fernandez-Gimenez, Maria) Fernandez-Gimenez, Maria
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Rangeland ecology & management; community-based natural resource management; monitoring & adaptive management; pastoral development
(Image for Funk, Chris) Funk, Chris
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Conservation genomics and evolutionary ecology of vertebrates and stream insects. Current projects include: (1) conservation genomics of endangered species; (2) the effects of gene flow on adaptation, fitness, and population dynamics; and (3) the vulnerability of stream organisms to climate change."
(Image for Ghalambor, Cameron) Ghalambor, Cameron
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I am an evolutionary ecologist interested in the empirical study of adaptation. My lab works on adaptive divergence in morphology, behavior, life history, and physiology of fish, birds, and aquatic insects. A common theme in our work is to partition phenotypic variation into its genetic and environmental components, thus we are very interested in the ecological and evolutionary implications of phenotypic plasticity. We conduct fieldwork in freshwater streams, forests, and scrub habitats in both temperate and tropical environments, and carry out lab-based experiments. Our current projects include studies of adaptive divergence in Trinidadian guppies, birds on the California Channel Islands, and aquatic insects in Colorado and Ecuador.
(Image for Klein, Julia) Klein, Julia
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My research examines how grassland and alpine ecosystems are responding to global changes and human activities, including climate warming, extreme weather events, and changing grazing management practices.
(Image for Knapp, Alan) Knapp, Alan
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Plant ecology, physiological ecology, grasslands, global change, plants and herbivores, ecosystem and community ecology.
(Image for MacDonald, Lee) MacDonald, Lee
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Effects of changes in land use on runoff, erosion, and downstream aquatic resources, with special emphasis on wildfires, forest management, roads, and urbanization; cumulative watershed effects; monitoring; hillslope and wetland hydrology.
(Image for McKay, John) McKay, John
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We study the study the ecological and molecular genetic mechanisms of adaptation in plants. For environmental factors such as temperature and drought, this requires identifying the traits, QTL, genes and transcripts involved in the production of adaptive phenotypes. In addition, this research will seek to identify how plants sense environmental conditions and activate regulatory networks that underlie adaptive mechanisms.
(Image for Naug, Dhruba) Naug, Dhruba
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I am a behavioral ecologist interested in questions regarding how inter-individual variation in behavioral and physiological characteristics influence social dynamics, decision-making, etc., answering such questions using honeybees as a model system.
(Image for Ocheltree, Troy) Ocheltree, Troy
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Plant ecophysiology, plant ecology, climate change, plant hydraulics and water use, responses of plants and communities to drought.
(Image for Ode, Paul) Ode, Paul
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Plant-insect interactions, especially multi-trophic interactions involving plant chemistry, insect herbivores, and natural enemies.
(Image for Rhoades, Chuck) Rhoades, Chuck
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Biogeochemistry of subalpine forest watersheds, evaluating nutrient cycling linkages between upland, riparian, and aquatic ecosystems. Interested in the implications of natural disturbance, such as fire and insects, and land management on nitrogen and carbon retention and loss from headwater catchments.
(Image for Schmidt, Travis) Schmidt, Travis
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I am an aquatic ecologist with research foci in ecotoxicology, stream ecology, and climate change effects on alpine and sub-alpine stream and lake ecosystems. Of particular interest is understanding the effect of contaminants on the ecology of aquatic insects, emerging aquatic insects, and effects on recipient ecosystems.
(Image for Sloan, Dan) Sloan, Dan
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I am interested in evolutionary processes at the genomic level, particularly in the context of intimate symbiotic relationships, including interactions between organelles and the nucleus in eukaryotic cells and between insects and their endosymbiotic bacteria.
(Image for Smith, Melinda) Smith, Melinda
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My research focuses on understanding the consequences of human-caused global changes, especially the impacts of climatic changes, biological invasions, eutrophication (e.g., increased N deposition), and altered disturbance regimes for biodiversity and ecosystem structure and function.


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