How To Apply to Graduate Programs

You will find complete application instructions in these downloadable PDF's on how to apply for the MS, PhD, and Master of Natural Resources Stewardship program. 

Faculty Research Interests (for M.S. & PhD Applicants)

Not all research areas have space or funding available each year for new students. The first step in the M.S. or PhD application process is to identify faculty that have research interests similar to your own. The table below lists faculty interests. Click on a faculty member name to visit their web page. Reading their recent publications is a great way to learn more about their research projects and interests.

Once you have identified faculty with whom you share an interest and are interested in working with, contact that faculty directly to discuss the possibility of your attending CSU to work with him or her. This is an important step for you to take because ultimately, the final decision about who is accepted into the program rests with the faculty who would serve as your advisor.

Faculty Member Title Interests
Tony Cheng Professor Participatory, collaborative planning and implementation approaches; the inter-relationship between governmental, non-profit, and for-profit organizations as emergent institutional arrangements; the interplay between local institutional arrangements and national policy.
David Cooper Senior Research Scientist/Associate Professor Ecosystems characterized by a perennial, seasonal or periodic abundance of water, including peatlands, streams/rivers and their floodplains, marshes, springs, wet meadows, and salt flats.  Mountain wetland ecology and hydrology and I have ongoing and recent projects in the Rocky Mountains, Sierra Nevada, Cascades, Coast Range, Andes, and Carpathian Mountains (Poland and Slovakia).
Seth Davis Assistant Professor Microbial and chemical ecology of plant-insect interactions in forest and agricultural ecosystems, population genetics and phenomics of plants and insects, how pathogens alter the behavior of insect vectors, the role of plant chemistry in mediating ecological dynamics, and the effects of biotic and environmental stress on plant chemical signaling. 
Seth Ex Assistant Professor Silviculture and stand dynamics, particularly structural and compositional effects on crown and canopy characteristics and forest production. Pairing forest ecology studies with applied research on pressing forest management issues to establish a science foundation for and then develop novel silvicultural solutions to contemporary challenges in forestry (e.g. forest fuels, esthetics, and wood production). 
Maria Fernandez-Gimenez Professor Ecological and social dimensions of wildland ecosystems, focusing primarily on rangelands including community-based and collaborative natural resource management; traditional and local ecological knowledge; pastoralism and pastoral development; participatory research.
Chad Hoffman Assistant Professor Wildland fire sciences, the application of physics based wildland fire modeling to current issues in fire and land management, validation of fire behavior models, fuels inventory and management,disturbance ecology and interactions. 
Kurt Mackes Associate Professor Forestry operations, wood utilization & marketing, and bioenergy derived from woody biomass.
Paul Meiman

Associate Professor

Ecology and management of rangelands, invasive plant ecology and management.

Troy Ochletree
Assistant Professor Ecophysiologyrhizosphere biology, ecology of invasive plant species, nitrogen biogeochemistry, biology of Frankia and actinorhizal plants, ecology of plant-microbe interactions.
Mark Paschke Associate Professor/Dean of Research Restoration and ecology of disturbed ecosystems, soil and rhizosphere biology, ecology of invasive plant species, nitrogen biogeochemistry, biology of Frankia and actinorhizal plants, ecology of plant-microbe interactions.
Miranda Redmond Assistant Professor Forest ecology, landscape ecology, disturbance ecology, plant community responses to climate change and disturbances
Doug Rideout Professor Wildfire: Economics of initial attack, economics of prescribed burning and fuels management, interagency strategic planning and fire policy. Timber: Timber sale contracting, forest investment analysis, timber supply and demand. Analysis of the timber industry in public forestry.
Courtney Schultz  Assistant Professor

Natural resource policy, planning, and governance, in particular strategies and policies related to monitoring, adaptive management, and dealing with scientific uncertainty.

Yu Wei Associate Professor Developing and implementing operations research models to integrate economic, ecology and social concerns in forest ecosystem management and planning.