Affiliated Institutions


CIRES – Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences


CIRESCIRES researchers explore all aspects of the earth system and search for ways to better understand how natural and human-made disturbances impact our dynamic planet. Our focus on innovation and collaboration has made us a world leader in interdisciplinary research and teaching. We’re committed to communicating our research in ways that help inform decision-makers and the public about how we can best ensure a sustainable future environment.

Many CIRES researches are tenured in EBIO and work extensively in both EBIO and CIRES to educate and research. If you choose to join EBIO as a student you will find many opportunities to research in CIRES and support research around the world.

INSTAAR – Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research

INSTAARThe Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) strives for excellence in research, education, and outreach related to Earth System Science and Global Change in high-latitude, alpine, and other environments. INSTAAR is located at the University of Colorado within the Graduate School and affiliated with departments of Anthropology, CEA Engineering, Environmental Studies, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Geography, Geological Sciences, and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC). INSTAAR also participates in interdepartmental graduate education programs such as Hydrologic Sciences and Oceanography Certificate.

EBIO has extensive collaborative connections to INSTAAR, which allows vast opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to perform arctic and alpine research. Many INSTAAR researchers are tenured in EBIO and teach a range of classes for EBIO. INSTAAR also operates the CU Mountain Research Station.

CU Mountain Research Station

Dedicated to the advancement of mountain environmental science. The CU Mountain Research Station is located at 2900 m (9500 feet) in the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies, the Mountain Research Station is an interdisciplinary facility of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research providing research and educational opportunities for scientists, students, and the general public.

A large amount of EBIO graduate and undergraduate students support and perform research at the Mountain Research Station and also take field courses at the station. If you are interested in a hands on approach to education and research explore the CU Mountain Research Station and see how to get involved.

CU Museum

The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History is an academic unit of the Graduate School at the University of Colorado at Boulder with a mission to contribute to knowledge of the natural world and the humanities through research, teaching, and public education. The Museum's collections number more than four million objects in anthropology/archaeology, botany, entomology, paleontology, and zoology.

The University of Colorado Museum offers a wide variety of K-12 and adult educational programs and activities throughout the year, including lectures, family days, and guided tours. The exhibition galleries are open to the public seven days a week, free of charge. The Museum and Field Studies Graduate Program offers students an opportunity to earn a Master of Science degree or a certificate in Museum Studies.

The CU Museum provides students a chance to combine research, education and service to the campus and Colorado community. The Museum provides students a different approach to study Biology while also providing a wide range of research material in the museum collections.

CU Herbarium

Herbarium COLO is the Botany Section of the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History on the Boulder campus.

The Herbarium is available to anyone with an interest in botany. Users include faculty and students, visiting scholars, private consultants, local naturalists, and botanists from a variety of public and private agencies.

An active center of Colorado botany, the Herbarium and the other sections of the University of Colorado Museum serve as one of the primary resources for the documentation and study of the rich natural history and biodiversity of Colorado.