We are working remotely during the pandemic. Please email Dawn Koschnitzki (Program Coordinator), Jennifer Neuwald (Assistant Director), or Ruth Hufbauer (Director) for assistance.

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

Rachel 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.