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The IGERT: Evaluating resilience of ecological and social systems in changing landscapes of Idaho and Costa Rica recruited a total of 24 doctoral students that will work in interdisciplinary teams in Idaho and Costa Rica beginning in 2010 and 2011. The project is being implemented jointly with the University of Idaho and the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Costa Rica.

University of Idaho       CATIE
University of Idaho (left) and CATIE (right).

Accepted IGERT doctoral students will receive for the first 2.5 years a stipend of $30,000 per year with an additional $10,500 per year for educational allowances (i.e. student fees, etc.). Associated faculty and students will identify other sources of funding to complete the doctorate degree. Doctoral students will receive their doctoral degrees from the departments they are enrolled in, not IGERT.


Prospective doctoral students with experience in the following subject areas are being recruited:

entomology ° soil science ° agricultural ecology ° restoration plant ecology ° forest resources ° forest ecology ° fire 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

Soil Science IGERT Graduates.
Soil Science IGERT Graduates.


  • Idaho/ Idaho Northern Rockies Team
  • Idaho/ Palouse Team
  • Idaho/ Sagebrush Team
  • Costa Rica/ Hojancha Team-Chorotega Biological Corridor


Students in the program will conduct their dissertation research as part of interdisciplinary teams addressing resilience of social-ecological systems in temperate and tropical settings. Students will be mentored in these efforts by participating faculty from diverse disciplines. The research projects will be conducted in one of six geographic regions with diverse ecologies and socio-economic challenges, three in the inland Pacific Northwest (PNW), USA and three in Costa Rica. These locations are sites of ongoing projects by participating faculty. Each student will produce a dissertation that will include at least one interdisciplinary chapter co-authored with other team members. The students will work together within their teams and among teams through conferences, workshops, and interactive courses at the University of Idaho and at CATIE. Graduates of the program will be uniquely prepared to contribute effectively to interdisciplinary teams addressing conservation and sustainability as they begin their careers.


Please contact  the IGERT Project Director, Dr. Bosque-Perez (208) 885-7544.