Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence
GDPE is among a select group of programs that have achieved great distinction and set a standard for excellence in research, teaching and service that may serve as a model for programs throughout the institution and externally.
Opportunities across disciplines
Our curriculum is rigorous and comprehensive--our students emerge from the program as highly competent and skilled graduates.
Room to grow
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.
Welcome Cohorts of 2021
An important part of graduate education is the opportunity to interact with students and faculty from diverse fields within ecology. That continues to be true during the pandemic. Reach out to anyone in the community - we are here to help.
C.P. Gillette Museum of Arthropod Diversity Collection Insects Moves
The insect collection at the C.P. Gillette Museum of Arthropod Diversity migrated to the Hartshorn Center.

Upcoming events:

GDPE Alumni PhD Career Panel: August 31st, 12 to 1:30pm
CSU Graduate Student Showcase: November 8th
Visiting Distinguished Ecologist Sally Aitken: November 17th

Our Program

GDPE ranks among the nation’s top Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Programs. We have an an ongoing tradition of research excellence, publication and post-graduate placement.

Curriculum & Courses

GDPE’s degree programs are rigorous and comprehensive–our students emerge from the program highly competent and skilled.


GDPE is recognized as a Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence at Colorado State University. Our students and faculty are engaged in research across all levels of ecology.

Hoover, Dave 9-2020

Dave Hoover
October 14, 2020

Research Ecologist &
From droughts to deluges: The ecological impacts of precipitation extremes on dryland ecosystems”

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Francesca Cotrufo
November 4, 2020

Professor, Dept. Soil & Crop Sciences
Senior Scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Lab
“Advancing understanding of soil organic matter to provide solutions to our wicked challenges”

Description: Professor Vanessa Ezenwa
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Vanessa Ezenwa
February 18, 2021
Professor, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia
 “Worms, Germs, and Buffalo: a Coinfection Story”

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Jonathan Losos
March 18, 2021
Danforth Distinguished Professor, Biology, Washington University
“Using Experiments in Nature to Study Evolution in Real Time: Research on Lizard Adaptation in the Bahamas”

Rachel Winfree

Rachael Winfree
April 22, 2021
Professor, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, Rutgers University
“What can pollinators tell us about biodiversity and ecosystem services in real-world landscapes?”

Front Range Student Ecology Symposium

The FRSES offers students in environmental science, conservation biology, ecology, and related fields an opportunity to present work, share ideas and meet other participants from across Colorado.

Individuals interested in joining our program are encouraged to visit in mid-February during FRSES. It’s a great time to talk with students and faculty in GDPE.