Prospective Students

Explore Our Graduate Programs:

We offer M.S. degrees (thesis and professional paper) and Ph.D. degrees in two disciplines: Forest Sciences and Rangeland Ecosystem Science.  The Master’s of Natural Resources Stewardship (MNRS) is a coursework-intensive degree with multiple areas of specialization: Ecological Restoration, Forest Sciences, and Rangeland Ecology and Management.

Our goal is to produce leaders in forest and rangeland stewardship. The goal of our graduate programs is to develop independent scholarship and critical thought. You will work closely with faculty while you complete your program, and the department, faculty, and University will provide the atmosphere, resources, and counsel you need to be successful.

The Graduate Student Handbook provides detailed information on degree requirements and department procedures and facilities.

How to Apply

Not all research areas have space or funding available each year for new M.S. or Ph.D. students.

Start your M.S. or Ph.D. application process by identifying faculty that have research interests similar to your own.

For the M.S. & Ph.D. programs, a faculty member must agree to serve as an applicant's advisor before a recommendation of admission will be made.

Faculty Research Areas

NameTitleResearch Interests
Tony ChengProfessorParticipatory, 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 CooperSenior Research
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 DavisAssistant ProfessorMicrobial 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 ExAssistant ProfessorSilviculture 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-GimenezProfessorEcological 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 HoffmanAssociate ProfessorWildland 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 MackesAssociate ProfessorForestry operations, wood utilization & marketing, and bioenergy derived from woody biomass.
Paul MeimanAssociate ProfessorEcology and management of rangelands, invasive plant ecology and management.
Linda NagelProfessor, Department HeadSilviculture, vegetation responses to wildfire, habitat restoration and developing adaptive silvicultural strategies in the context of environmental change.
Troy OcheltreeAssistant ProfessorEcophysiology, ecogeography, shrubs, ecology, water resources, climate change, ecosystem services.
Mark PaschkeDean of Research/
Associate Professor
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 RedmondAssistant ProfessorBiological date management, plant ecology, biology, forest recovery, seed production, tree invasion, vegitation in pinyon-juniper woodlands.
Doug RideoutProfessorWildfire: 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 SchultzAssociate ProfessorNatural resource policy, planning, and governance, in particular strategies and policies related to monitoring, adaptive management, and dealing with scientific uncertainty.

Camille Stevens-Rumann
Assistant ProfessorSpecies and ecosystem responses to disturbances and research applications for improving future ecosystem management. We use multiple techniques including observational field surveys, geospatial analyses, and experimental approaches.
Wade TinkhamAssistant ProfessorBiometrics and modeling of forest environments, focusing on how spatial and temporal variation impact the precision and accuracy of estimates. Combining field inventories, remote sensing observations, and quantitative modeling to address forest management challenges with monitoring and projecting current and future stand conditions.
Yu WeiAssociate ProfessorDeveloping and implementing operations research models to integrate economic, ecology and social concerns in forest ecosystem management and planning.

Planning a Visit?

Contact the faculty member whom you are interested in working with and see if they can meet with you.

To arrange a tour of campus, visit the Office of Admissions website. More information to help you plan your trip is available here.