The Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE) at Colorado State University is one of the leading programs in graduate ecology education in the U.S. and the world. We have an ongoing tradition of research excellence, publication and post-graduate placement.
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.
Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their achievements and leadership within the field of ecology. Accolades include several Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellows, National Academy of Sciences Education Fellows, and American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows, as well as many faculty members recognized by Colorado State University and their departments for their dedication to teaching and graduate student mentoring.
GDPE faculty are among the most published in the field of ecology, ranking in the top five in research productivity among federally funded U.S. Universities in Ecology and Environment. They are active in numerous professional societies including the Ecological Society of America, where several have served on the Governing Board and in other leadership positions. Our faculty are also among the most published in the field of ecology.