NEW! IGERT Interdisciplinary Doctoral Assistantships are available starting in 2010.

The University of Idaho has been awarded a $3.2 million grant by the National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program.  The project IGERT: Evaluating resilience of ecological and social systems in changing landscapes: a doctoral research and education program in Idaho and Costa Rica will support 24 doctoral students that will work in interdisciplinary teams.  The project is being implemented jointly with the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Costa Rica.

Students from the following subject areas are being recruited for the project:

 • entomology • soil science • agricultural ecology • restoration plant ecology • forest resources • forest ecology • fire ecology • conservation biology • landscape genetics • wildlife ecology • landscape ecology • plant virus ecology • invasive species ecology • conservation social sciences • rural sociology • environmental sociology • rural and community economics • resource economics • hydrology and watershed management • environmental science •

Click HERE for more information on how to apply for assistantships starting in 2010.

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The University of Idaho (UI) in collaboration with the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), in Costa Rica has established an interdisciplinary, multi-institution graduate research and education program in conservation biology and sustainability of agricultural and forest systems funded by the National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program. This effort recognizes the urgent need for better disciplinary integration to achieve biodiversity conservation and sustainable production in anthropogenically fragmented landscapes.

Doctoral students work in interdisciplinary teams conducting studies in distinct geographic regions in Northern Idaho and Costa Rica. They conduct research in four major research areas:

  • Conservation Biology and Ecological Genetics
  • Agricultural and Forest Ecology, and Agroforestry
  • Soil and Watershed Sciences
  • Sociology and Environmental Economics  

This unique graduate education program provides students:

  • Broad-based interdisciplinary education
  • International perspective
  • Broad geographic and ecological exposure
  • Participation in integrated interdisciplinary research teams
  • Cross-cultural experience