Graduate Programs

College of the Environment and Life Sciences

specialization: Environmental and Earth Sciences biological and environmental sciences m.s., ph.d.


This graduate research group focuses on the history, function, and condition of earth’s environments from local to global scales. Faculty research interests encompass all aspects of the natural sciences including geology, biogeochemistry, hydrology, soil science, assessment of biodiversity, microbial ecology, and global change. Most of this research uses combinations of geospatial data technologies, computer modeling, state-of-the-art analytical instruments, and field investigations to advance our knowledge of earth processes and the management of water resources, shorelines, wetlands, and terrestrial landscapes to sustain healthy environments and to rehabilitate and restore damaged environments.

prospective students

A strong advisor-student relationship is central to the EVES 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: Jose Amador
Professor of Natural Resources Science
College of the Environment and Life Sciences
Phone: (401) 874-2902

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