GRA Position – M.S. & Ph.D. – Arboriculture and Urban Forestry
Opportunity for graduate study:
The Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Colorado State University is currently soliciting
applications for graduate research assistantships, M.S. and Ph.D., in arboriculture and urban forestry. The students
will conduct an original research project investigating strategies for managing trees and forests in developed
landscapes, especially for communities situated in the Mountain West. The specific focus of graduate study will be
determined through consultations between the student and graduate advisor, but the pursuit of topics aligned with
current research priorities will be valued, including biomechanical methods for evaluating the structural integrity of
trees, strategies for preserving trees amidst heightened development pressure, and novel methods for evaluating the
outcomes of tree management policies. As part of a research team and university community, the student will have
the opportunity to interact with industry professionals and learn from a wide range of experts. The assistantships will
provide a stipend, student health insurance, and tuition.
We seek highly qualified individuals with a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, such as horticulture, forestry,
natural resources, or a related subject, minimum GPA of 3.0. The ideal candidate should have a strong background
in the quantitative sciences, a curiosity about the natural world, and an eagerness to address important practical
challenges. The student must have the capacity to work productively, both as an individual and team member, and
communicate effectively with diverse audiences. The candidate should also have some practical experience with
arboricultural field techniques.
About the University and Location:
Colorado State University is a public research university located in Fort Collins, Colorado. The university maintains a
breadth of research and teaching programs addressing the wide range of issues facing society, and the students,
faculty, and staff pragmatically focus on important challenges affecting industries and communities to make our world
a better place.
Situated at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the city of Fort Collins offers an exceptional setting for work and
leisure with convenient access to recreational opportunities and cultural attractions. The community is widely
appreciated for its microbreweries, cycling infrastructure, and commitment to sustainability. With a modest, growing
population, the city offers the convenience of a small town with quick access to many of the amenities of a larger city.
How to apply:
To indicate your interest, e-mail a two-page CV, unofficial academic transcripts, and cover letter to:
Dr. Daniel Burcham
Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
The submitted applications will be reviewed starting 10 December 2021. Applicants may be invited to apply for
graduate study in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, and the candidate must be accepted
by the Graduate School before starting the position.