Following Dean Stromberger’s directive, the GDPE office will not be staffed, but will be working remotely. Therefore, the GDPE Admin team would like to request that if you need any forms signed, please contact Dawn Koschnitzki (,  Jennifer Neuwald (, and Alan Knapp ( to coordinate how to best handle retrieving forms for signature.

Please note, the GDPE office is not closed and all programmatic services are still available. But while GDPE remains “open” during normal working hours, your GDPE team will be working remotely. If you contact us via email, GDPE staff will be available to meet virtually, though not physically, with students.

More about COVID-19 and Student Resources

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 as highly competent and skilled graduates.


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.


William K. Smith

October 23, 2019: William K. Smith


Rick Knight, Professor of Human Dimensions in Natural Resources, Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University, December 8, 2016

November 13, 2019: Richard Knight


Description: Professor Vanessa Ezenwa
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April 8 & 9 2020: Vanessa Ezenwa – Postponed

Rachel Winfree

April 22 & 23  2020: Rachel Winfree – Postponed

Dr. Jonathan Losos - Head Shot

May 5 & 6 2020: Jonathan Losos – Postponed

CSU Professor Colleen Webb Joins Graduate School Leadership

Colleen Webb

“CSU professor Colleen Webb has been named associate dean of the Graduate School, charged with leading professional development, mentoring, and diversity and access programs.” – Source

Three first-time presenters win awards at Front Range Student Ecology Symposium

Associate Professor Ken Shockley

CSU graduate students from GDPE organize this symposium, and students from across Colorado attend to present research plans and results. Many undergraduate students present for the first time on their research.

Ecologist LeRoy Poff wins Award of Excellence from Society for Freshwater Science

Congratulations to CSU’s LeRoy Poff! The Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) awarded LeRoy the 2019 Award of Excellence. The SFS is the largest organization in the world of scientists who focus on understanding and conserving freshwater.

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 (February 20-21, 2020 ). It’s a great time to talk with students and faculty in GDPE.