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Located in beautiful northern Idaho, surrounded by wildlands and in the heart of the Palouse region, the University of Idaho is among the best places to study natural resources. Through direct interaction and support from our 50 research and teaching faculty members, you will learn what it takes to apply natural resource science to actual programs, policy issues and research and management initiatives.

As a Ph.D. student, you have the unique opportunity to create a highly customized study plan tailored to fit your specific interests and experience. In terms of research, there is no limit to how far your studies can take you. Whether you study forest fire management, ecology and conservation biology, policy analysis or more, the opportunities are vast. 


Ph.D. students will select one of the following areas of emphasis:


As a Ph.D. student in natural resources you will learn principles for managing and ultimately protecting our land, water, minerals, forests, fish and wildlife. Your studies will be shaped by interaction with renowned faculty in a traditional classroom setting, during field trips and with extensive lab work. With this background, you will be well equipped to contribute to important environmental science and natural resource projects in governmental agencies, academia and in the private sector.


Research opportunities are plentiful at the University of Idaho. In fact, we are home to 15 research units and a remote wilderness research station. In addition, we have one of the largest DNA and genetics laboratories in the nation devoted to collecting critical scientific data for wild populations of plants and animals.