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Master of Science in Environmental Science

Faculty working with Students: 68
Students: 39
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 74.36%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 15
  • Spring October 15
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:

Degree Description:

The MS degree is an interdisciplinary program with the flexibility for elective classes in the student’s own area of specialization. In consultation with their advisor, students may select classes from a wide variety of areas (i.e., ecosystem science and management, ecological planning, land and water conservation, air quality management, water quality management, energy and carbon policy, etc.). Most students conclude their MS studies with a thesis, where the goal is a publishable contribution. The requirements are given below and are subject to completion after entering the masters program.

Admission Requirements:

A GPA of at least 3.0 for the most recent 60 semester hours of undergraduate or 12 semester hours of graduate academic coursework. Admission to the program without subject matter deficiency requires at least 10 semester credits of completed coursework in basic biological and/or physical sciences (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics, geology, etc.). Students may be admitted with deficiency with the expectation that the deficiency will be met through completed coursework (for non-graduate program credit) within one year of admission. Original transcripts must be requested and sent directly to the Graduate School. SEES requires three letters of recommendations from academic advisors and/or academic faculty you have taken classes from. A goal statement is required. Other requirements are a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 580 (Paper-Based), 237 (Computer-Based), or 92 (Internet-Based) for students with English as a second language.

Student Learning Outcome:

All graduates will be able to:

  1. To prepare students for professional careers:
    • Attain knowledge and expertise in core disciplinary areas.
    • Think critically and develop creative solutions to scientific problems.
    • Effectively communicate the results of their research.
    • Become visible members of the scientific community taking organizational and service roles.
  2. To enable students to become effective researchers and teachers:
    • Recognize important scientific problems and contribute to solving them.
    • Master the field, laboratory, data analysis and theoretical skills necessary to perform the research.
    • Write research grant proposals or otherwise obtain research funding (expectation is higher for PhD students).
    • Become effective teachers in field, laboratory and lecture-room settings.
  3. To provide scientific leadership and expertise at the local, state and national levels:
    • Attract and retain world-class faculty in appropriate disciplinary areas.
    • Assist students to engage in outreach activities.
    • prepare students to successfully compete for jobs in industry, academia, and government.

Faculty Members:

Beall-King, Allyson, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

I use collaborative modeling and system dynamics as an environmental problem solving methodology. Projects have included groundwater management in the Palouse Basin on the border of Washington and Idaho, surface water supply concerns in the Okanagan Basin British Columbia, endangered species management, and ecosystem services in the Coastal Carolinas. A USDA funded project on water resources in the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene basin, Yakima basin and the Columbia basin at large will launch in Fall of 2012.

Berger, Mike

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Bishop, John, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

plant ecology and evolution

Blatner, Keith

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Bollens, Stephen, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Boyd, Amanda, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Risk perceptions and communication in the context of health and environmental communication, energy policy, indigenous health and media perceptions of risk.

Brenkert-Smith, Hannah, M.S.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Carroll, Matt

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Cooper, Catherine, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

– Geodynamics
– Plate tectonics/mantle convection
– Planetary evolution
– Lithospheric creation and deformation
– Early earth processes

Dauble, Dennis, PhD

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

– Field research and sample collection
– Endangered Species Act issues
– Columbia River fish passage and behavior
– Ecological risk assessment
– Ecological monitoring
– Resource management

Dimitrov, Alexander, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Information-theoretic and probabilistic approaches to neural computing and cognitive processes, non-linear neuronal models, chaotic dynamical systems, non-linear signal processing and prediction, systems identification, neural-based intelligent agents. Bioinspired engineering.

Felsot, Allan, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Dr. Felsot’s research and extension interests include hazard assessments of transgenic crops, pesticide drift and buffer zone design, reduction of insecticide application rates using new sprayer technologies, enhanced biodegradation of pesticides, remediation of pesticide waste in soil, best management practices for controlling agrochemical movement to surface and ground water, analytical chemistry of pesticide residues in soil, water, and food, pesticide toxicology, regulations, and risk communication. He teaches a graduate course entitled “Applied Environmental Toxicology.” He also team teaches the course, “Pesticides: Toxicology and Modes of Action.”

Forbey, Jennifer Sorensen

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Ford, Frederick Andrew, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

– Energy and environmental problems in the western USA.
– Advancing use of system dynamics models for energy policy analysis.
– Renewable electricity generation and the benefits of energy storage.

Fremier, Alex

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

My research program is motivated by societies’ desire for sustainable and ecologically-based solutions to natural resource management problems. I am a trained ecologist with interests in coupling ecological and geomorphic processes to better understand ecosystem transformation. My research program explores multiple interrelated themes: (1) organismal and community-level ecology, (2) fluvial- and bio-geomorphology, and (3) social-ecological resilience related to ecosystem services both within the region and in developing countries.

Gaylord, David, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Clastic sedimentology; Reconstructing Quaternary paleoclimates using eolian and related deposits; Volcaniclastic successions and volcanic hazards assessment.

Goldberg, Caren, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Characterizing and predicting the distribution and gene flow of species in changing landscapes through empirical modeling.

Gross, Jason "Jackson"

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Hampton, Stephanie, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Hardesty, Linda

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Harrison, John, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Hebert, Vince, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Henderson, Stephen, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Johnson, Timothy

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Katz, Stephen, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Keller, Kent, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Chemical weathering and chemical denudation dissolve and wash the continents into the oceans, thereby controlling the chemistry of the ocean/atmosphere system and Earth habitability.

Kramer, Marc, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Larson, Peter

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Lewis, Reed

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Long, Ryan

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Long, Sean, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

I am a structural geologist who is primarily interested in the construction of mountain belts. Much of my research focuses on performing field-based tests of the predictions of models for the processes, dynamics, and feedbacks that operate in orogenic systems

Maletzke, Benjamin

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Manning, Jeff

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Moffett, Kevan, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Moore, Barry, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Neill, Owen

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

New, Leslie, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Norton, Todd, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Stakeholder participation in community planning, shifting policy surrounding public land management (Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument), analysis of petroleum associations climate change discourse

Orr, Cailin Huyck, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

My research bridges aquatic ecosystem ecology and fluvial geomorphology with the goal to improve our ability to restore ecosystem functions to river-floodplain systems by better understanding the fundamental interaction between physiographic setting and ecological processes.

Ostrom, Marcia, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Patton, Regan

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Paveglio, Travis, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Phillips, Ruth

Serves as: co-chair on graduate committee

Pratt, James

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Rachlow, Janet

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Reidel, Stephen

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Robbins, Charlie

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Nutrition and energetics of larger wild mammals.

Rollwagen-Bollens, Gretchen, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Rowe, Michael

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Sayler, Rod

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Schultz, Cheryl, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Ecology of at-risk species in response to key drivers: habitat loss, habitat fragmentation, habitat degradation, invasive species, alteration of ecosystem process, and global climate change.

Schulze-Makuch, Dirk, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Protection of drinking water from biological and chemical agents, microbe-environment interactions

Shallenberger, Edward

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Shipley, Lisa, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Foraging Ecology of Mammals

Stark, John

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Strigul, Nicholas

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Swanson, Mark, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Sylvester, Steve, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Reproductive Toxicology

Thornton, Daniel, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Species distribution modeling, large-scale ecology, carnivore ecology and conservation landscape ecology, tropical wildlife conservation

Timchalk, Charles, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Tissot, Brian, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Vervoort, Jeffrey, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

My fundamental interest as a scientist is to understand the Earth from the perspective of geochemistry. Radiogenic isotopes are important tools that enable us to understand how the Earth formed and how it has evolved through its history. Radiogenic isotopes also help constrain the geological processes that are operating on Earth today.

Watkinson, John

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Wielgus, Rob

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Wilkie, Kurt

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Wolff, John, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Wright, Aaron, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Research Focus: Activity-Based Protein Profiling of Microbes and Microbial Communities Involved in Biofuel Production and Drug Metabolism

Zamora, Ben, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

– Properties, distribution, and environmental relationships of terrestrial ecosystems
– Fire ecology
– Palouse Prairie restoration

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