Graduate Degrees and the LTRR
Students are encouraged to attend The University of Arizona for the purpose of earning a graduate degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) with thesis research using dendrochronology. It is important to note that students earn degrees through a degree-granting academic department of The University of Arizona, not the LTRR. However, the LTRR now offers a “Graduate Certificate in Dendrochronology,” which can be earned independently of or in conjunction with the pursuit of a graduate degree (see http://ltrr.arizona.edu/certificate for details). With that in mind, prospective and current students may choose a relationship with the LTRR which best fits their interests and current opportunities in the LTRR. Each student's situation is different, and much depends of the status of a student's advisor, available funding sources, and your own interests. Contact current students to find out how they balance their involvement. Some options include:
A projected schedule of GEOS courses likely to be taught in the next two years can be found here
How to Apply to Graduate School
Prospective students must ...
- Apply to The University of Arizona Graduate College. Forms are available online.
- Contact one or more LTRR faculty to discuss common research ideas and possible funding sources. You may also wish to contact current graduate students regarding their experiences.
- Contact and apply to a specific academic department that suits your interest. Below is a list of departments in which past and current students have studied.
Academic Departments and Interdisciplinary Programs
These are some home departments of past and current graduate students. LTRR faculty have adjunct appointments in many of these departments.
- Geosciences (GEOS): paleoclimate and quaternary science
- Anthropology (ANTH): archeology of past cultures
- Geography and Regional Development (GRD or GEOG): climatology, biogeography, spatial patterns and analysis of tree growth
- Renewable Natural Resources (RNR): forest and natural resource management
- Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB or ECOL): forest ecological questions at scales ranging from communities to ecosystems
- Atmospheric Sciences (ATMO): connections between synoptic circulation and tree growth responses
- Hydrology and Water Resources (HWR): paleohydrology and water supply
- Soil, Water, and Environmental Science (SWES): environmental questions (nutrient cycling changes) and soil-tree relationships
- Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDP): interdisciplinary research and education to foster innovation and creativity among faculty and students (all of the following have a description at the GIDP site)
- Arid Lands Resource Sciences (ALRS) PhD: interdisciplinary programs that address local, state, national, and international problems related to understanding, regenerating, and managing the world's arid lands
- Global Change (GC) PhD minor: global energy and water cycles, biogeochemical phenomena, tools for observing Earth, and Earth system history; see also the Institute of the Environment (IE)
- Insect Science (IS) PhD: insect ecology, evolution, neurobiology, biochemistry, physiology, and molecular biology
- Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis (RSSA) PhD minor: physics, optics, GIS, engineering