Our Students are central to growing INSTAAR's research and culture; they are an integral part of the institute. Students find unique opportunities to expand their education and engage in research that moves us toward a more sustainable world, including integrative training, research experience in the field and lab, and using a wide variety of analytical and computational facilities beyond those of their home academic departments. Current students with questions or concerns should contact Jonathan Raberg (Student Representative). Prospective grad students should visit our How to Apply page.

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Ethan Burns (he/him)

  • MA Student
  • Teaching Assistant, Geography Dept.

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Forest hydrology, catchment hydrology, hydrologic partitioning and dynamic storage in montane watersheds.

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Will Cox

  • PhD Student

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Peatland plant communities, lichen & bryophyte ecology, cryptogamic botany, population & community ecology, permafrost thaw, carbon cycling, climate change.

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Chiara Forrester

  • PhD student

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Plant, alpine and forest ecology; Effects of climate change on plant communities and plant-fungal symbioses; Plant-fungal symbioses; Soil ecology and nutrient cycling; Citizen science and science communication.  My previous research has explored the effects of a foliar endophytic fungus on host microsite distribution and soil extracellular enzyme activity along elevational gradients.

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Kate Hale (she/hers)

  • PhD Candidate | Research Assistant

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I specialize in modeling and empirically analyzing annual surface water input changes to decreased snowfall fractions and earlier snowmelt in mountainous regions (see more in bio).

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