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.
Welcome 2021 Cohort!
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.
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.
Students, faculty, and their families gathered at Spring Creek Park for a COVID friendly get together to start off the semester.

About GDPE

The mission of the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology is to provide the highest quality education in ecology through advanced training in current ecological methods, theories, controversies, applications, and teaching methods by drawing on the great depth and breadth of ecological expertise at Colorado State University and in our local community of scientists.

Upcoming events

Visiting Distinguished Ecologist Sally Aitken: November 17th Behavioral Sciences A101. Tea at 3:30, talk at 4:00, social and food at 5.
Inkscape Workshop: A vector program to edit graphics: December 3rd
IGNITE talks by finishing GDPE students: December 8th, LSC Cherokee Ballroom 4:00

Find the full list of events for the year here.

GDPE Ecologists in the News

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CSU grassland ecologist a collaborator on $10 million agrivoltaics study

GDPE Senior Ecologist Alan Knapp is part of a team researching “agrivoltaic” systems: farms that use a combination of solar panels alongside crops.
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Beyond COVID: Virtual hydrology field trip means accessibility

Two GDPE student, along with the help of CSU online, created an online field trip for a their Sustainable Watersheds course. They realized the potential for online field trip to allow for accessibility in natural resources.

How teachers are adapting to COVID-19 disruptions is subject to new CSU study

A team of Researchers led by GDPE researcher Dr. Meena Balgopal study how novice STEM teachers adapt to disruptions due to COVID-19.

GDPE Ecologists Recent Publications

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The effects of ENSO and the North American monsoon on mast seeding in two Rocky Mountain conifer species

GDPE PhD candidate Andreas Wion is a co-author on three papers in the December 2021 issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. GDPE faculty Ian Pearse and Miranda Redmond are also co-authors.


Shifting seasonal patterns of water availability: ecosystem responses to an unappreciated dimension of climate change

GDPE PhD student Olivia Hajek and Senior Ecologist Alan Knapp explore the shift in water availability during each season as the result of climate change.


Modeling nitrous oxide mitigation potential of enhanced efficiency nitrogen fertilizers from agricultural systems

Recent PhD graduate Ram B. Gurung and GDPE faculty Stephen Ogle studied the effectiveness of enhanced efficiency nitrogen fertilizers on N2O mitigation.