Baron and her team visiting Rocky Mountain National Park on Sept. 20, 2013 to collect samples after the historic Colorado floods. Our Program Our Curriculum Our Research Specialization Front Range Student Ecology Symposium Photo is courtesy of Caroline Melle. It was taken near her research site at Imnavait Creek by Toolik Lake field station, AK Diana Wall and crew in Antarctica Chris Funk and crew hiking in Oyacachi, Ecuador Kurogawa (Kuro Stream), a stream with native Japanese charr and salmon in the mountains of Shikoku Island, southern Japan – image by David Herasimtschuk

Our Program

Since its inception in 1992, GDPE has grown to become a principal organization that catalyzes cutting-edge and world-renowned ecological research performed at Colorado State University.

Our primary goal is to provide outstanding training for graduate students in the ecological sciences, and our students consistently earn recognition for their scholarship and academic achievement.

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GDPE PhD Area of Specialization

Human/Environment Interactions

Increasing rates of poverty, landlessness, and declining health are co-occurring with rapid shifts in land use, land cover, loss of biodiversity and global warming.

These interconnected human/environmental changes represent a clear risk to the well being of individuals, communities and societies now and in the future.

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Our Curriculum

GDPE's degree programs are rigorous and comprehensive offering both M.S. and Ph.D. tracks in addition to the Human/Environment Interactions specialization.

The GDPE curriculum is designed to provide a breadth and depth of training to MS and PhD students, who will emerge from the program as highly competent and skilled graduates.

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Our Research

The Graduate Degree Program in Ecology is recognized by Colorado State University as a Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence (PRSE). Programs are awarded this designation because they have achieved great distinction and set a standard for excellence that may serve as a model for programs throughout the institution.

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Front Range Student Ecology Symposium

FRSES is a student-run symposium that provides an opportunity for Front Range students doing research in ecology to showcase their work and network in a friendly and supportive peer environment. Highlights include a keynote address by an invited speaker, a full day of poster and oral presentation sessions, an awards banquet to recognize exceptional student work, and a social gathering to celebrate student success.

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Jill Baron Named President of Ecological Society of America

Colorado State University Scientist Jill Baron has been elected President of the Ecological Society of America (ESA), the world's largest and leading organization of professional ecologists.

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News & Events

Dr. Winsor Lowe - GDPE Rising Star - Seminar 1



4:00-5:00 pm
Behavioral Sciences A101

"The causes and consequences of variation in dispersal distance". Open to the public.

Dr. Winsor Lowe - GDPE Rising Start - Seminar 2



4:00-5:00 pm
Behavioral Sciences A101

"What 60 proposals and 25,000 rocks taught me about looking closely". Open to the public.

GDPE Annual Meeting



4:30 - 8:00 PM
Avogadros Number

GDPE's annual meeting and party is always looked forward to and well attended. Let's celebrate another successful academic year!

GDPE Commencement and Reception



2:30-8:00 pm
Moby Gym and LSC Room 228

Graduation exercises begin at 3:00. GDPE students and advisors gather at 2:20 for pictures. Reception immediately following in LSC Room 228 for graduates, family and friends.

2013-14 Distinguished Visiting Ecologists

  • Winsor Lowe

    Winsor Lowe studies the ecological and evolutionary drivers of individual dispersal patterns and how these proximal drivers influence emergent population and community dynamics.