Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Sciences

This cross-college doctoral degree represents a broad collaboration among MSU departments and faculty. It provides the opportunity for motivated students to integrate our world-class faculty research programs in diverse aspects of ecology and environmental sciences often within the unparalleled natural laboratory that is the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Particular program strengths include terrestrial and aquatic ecology, environmental biogeochemistry, evolutionary biology, hydrology and watershed analysis, quantitative ecology, agroecology, environmental risk assessment, invasive plant ecology and management, conservation biology, land rehabilitation/restoration ecology, environmental microbiology, remote sensing and spatial sciences, chemical ecology, and land-atmosphere interactions. Graduates will be well-trained professionals who will compete strongly in research, teaching, and related fields nationally and internationally.

Program Participants

The program is jointly centered in the departments of: 

Also, the program is specifically open to students and faculty mentors in other MSU departments and colleges who undertake relevant doctoral study, such as: 

Students may undertake the Ph.D. following completion of a Master’s degree, or exceptional students may apply directly following completion of a suitable Bachelor's degree. An appropriate faculty mentor must agree to serve as the student's major advisor as a condition of admission.  Stipend and operations funding are generally from research grants and contracts awarded to faculty members, but graduate teaching assistantships and other forms of support are also available on a limited basis.

EES doctoral students will be affiliated with a home department that corresponds to that of their major faculty advisor.  Other specific graduate program criteria, procedures, and processes vary among departments; students will follow those of their home department, which are also consistent with policies set forth by the Graduate School.  

If further questions arise, prospective students can reach out to key contacts within their home department. 


Page last updated March 23, 2015
by Julie Witte, LRES