Biological and Environmental Sciences M.S., Ph.D.

Specialization: Ecology and Ecosystem Sciences (EES)

The Ecology and Ecosystems (EES) group brings together faculty and graduate students to solve problems at the forefront of ecology and ecosystem science. We define ecology broadly; our research interests cover the spectrum of biological organization from microbes to ecosystems, and take us to terrestrial and aquatic habitats worldwide. Our work is an exciting mix of basic research on natural systems, coupled with work designed to inform social policy, resource management, and conservation practices.

Prospective students

A strong advisor-student relationship is central to the EES program. Prospective students should contact faculty directly prior to applying in order to explore mutual interests. Flexibility in our graduate program also encourages our students to work across traditional departmental boundaries and they often seek interdisciplinary collaborations.

What should I submit with my online application?

All applications must be submitted online using the ApplyYourself system. EES application deadlines are outlined in the FAQs section. For access to the system and detailed instructions on what must be submitted, please visit the URI Graduate School web pages. In addition to the graduate school submission requirements, please make sure the following are also included in your application materials submitted on ApplyYourself:

  1. At the beginning of your personal statement, list one or more potential advisors in bold-face type.
  2. Arrange for submission of two letters of recommendation.
  3. Submit a scan of your GRE scores, uploaded as “supplemental materials” (in addition to requesting that ETS send a copy directly to URI).
  4. Consider submitting any additional materials that provide direct evidence of relevant experience or writing ability, such as published papers, research posters, or reports. Please upload any such documents as “supplemental materials”.
Specialization group coordinator: Graham Forrester,
Professor of Aquatic Ecology
College of the Environment and Life Sciences
Phone: (401) 874-7054