GDPE Administration

The GDPE Director, Senior Ecologist, Program Coordinator and the Executive Committee work collaboratively to manage the program.

Director

Professor Colleen Webb is the GDPE Director and a Professor in Biology. Colleen handles curriculum, all of the speaker's programs (GDPE Resident Ecologist, GDPE Alumnus, Visiting Distinguished Ecologists), budgets, and she represents GDPE to CSU administrators. In addition, she is responsible for enhancing the GDPE community, alumni relations and development, and she advises student organizers of the annual Front Range Student Ecology Symposium (FRSES).

Graduate Academic Advisor

Dr. Jennifer Neuwald is the Academic Advisor for GDPE. She is a research associate in the Department of Biology. She works with the director and program coordinator to evaluate applications for students who have applied to GDPE and she assists students and faculty with program of study forms, graduation contracts and other curriculum related issues. Jennifer is relocating and her office is TBD and may be contacted by phone (970-491-2796) or by email at Jennifer.Neuwald@colostate.edu.

Program Coordinator

Sara Rose is the GDPE Program Coordinator. She works with prospective faculty and students, overseeing applications and admissions. She runs the daily operations, organizes the events of the program, and assists students in all stages of their graduate career. She co-advises the Executive Committee of the annual FRSES. Sara is located in Johnson Hall rm 104 and may be contacted by phone (970-491-4373) or by email at Sara.Rose@colostate.edu.

Senior Ecologist

Professor Alan Knapp is the GDPE Senior Ecologist and a professor in the Department of Biology. He advises the director, represents the program both within and outside of the university, and teaches core courses in the GDPE curriculum.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee consists of members from each of the member colleges, three at-large faculty from GDPE faculty membership, two GDPE students, the director, senior ecologist and program coordinator (who serves in a non-voting, ex-officio capacity). The Executive Committee is convened and chaired by the Director. Faculty are elected on an alternating cycle for two-year terms by GDPE faculty to represent the participating colleges of the GDPE. The two student representatives are elected by the GDPE student body for a one-year term.

Responsibilities of the executive committee include:

  • Establishing policy for the program. (The director has final say for policy; disputes between the director and the executive committee may be taken to the deans of the colleges.)
  • Evaluating faculty applications for membership
  • Selecting Distinguished Ecologist speakers
  • Advising the Director and Program Coordinator
Colleen Webb

Colleen Webb, Director


Ex Officio

Home Department: Biology

Home College: Natural Sciences



Jennifer Neuwald

Jennifer Neuwald, Graduate Academic Advisor


Ex Officio

Home Department: Biology

Home College: Natural Sciences



Sara Rose

Sara Rose, Program Coordinator


Ex Officio





Alan Knapp

Alan Knapp, Senior Ecologist


Ex Officio

Home Department: Biology

Home College: Natural Sciences



Cara Steger

Cara Steger, Student Representative


Term Expires: 2018

Home Department: Ecosystem Science and Sustainability

Home College: Warner College of Natural Resources



Xoco Shinbrot

Xoco Shinbrot, Student Representative


Term Expires: 2018

Home Department: Human Dimentions of Natural Resources

Home College: Warner College of Natural Resources



David Cooper

David Cooper, Member At Large


Term Expires: 2018

Home Department: Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

Home College: Warner College of Natural Resources



Edward Hall

Ed Hall, Member At Large


Term Expires: 2018

Home Department: Ecosystem Science and Sustainability

Home College: Warner College of Natural Resources



Julia Klein

Julia Klein, Member At Large


Term Expires: 2018

Home Department: Ecosystem Science and Sustainability

Home College: Warner College of Natural Resources



Paul Ode

Paul Ode, Agricultural Sciences Representative


Term Expires: 2019

Home Department: Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management

Home College: Agricultural Sciences



Stephen Leisz

Stephen Leisz, Liberal Arts Representative


Term Expires: 2019

Home Department: Anthropology

Home College: Liberal Arts



Mendy Smith

Mendy Smith, Natural Sciences Representative


Term Expires: 2019

Home Department: Biology

Home College: Natural Sciences



Larissa Bailey

Larissa Bailey, Warner College of Natural Resources Representative


Term Expires: 2018

Home Department: Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology

Home College: Warner College of Natural Resources



Dana Winkelman

Dana Winkelman, Affiliate Scientist Representative


Term Expires: 2019

Home Agency: Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research

Home College: Warner College of Natural Resources