GDPE Administration

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


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

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

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
CollegeMember TypeTerm Expires
Colleen WebbColleen WebbBiologyNatural SciencesDirectorEx Officio
Jennifer NeuwaldJennifer NeuwaldBiologyNatural SciencesGraduate Academic AdvisorEx Officio
Sara RoseSara RoseProgram CoordinatorEx Officio
David CooperDavid CooperForest and Rangeland StewardshipWarner College of Natural ResourcesAt Large2018
Paul OdePaul OdeBioagricultural Sciences & Pest ManagementAgricultural SciencesAgricultural Sciences2019
Cara StegerCara StegerEcosystem Science and SustainabilityWarner College of Natural ResourcesStudent2018
Xoco ShinbrotXoco ShinbrotHuman Dementions of Natural ResourcesWarner College of Natural ResourcesStudent2018
Edward HallEdward HallEcosystem Science and SustainabilityWarner College of Natural ResourcesAt Large2018
Julia Klein\Julia KleinEcosystem Science and SustainabilityWarner College of Natural ResourcesAt Large2018
Dana WinkelmanDana WinkelmanCooperative Fish and Wildlife ResearchWarner College of Natural ResourcesAffiliate Scientist2019
Stephen LeiszStephen LeiszAnthropologyLiberal ArtsLiberal Arts2019
Melinda SmithMelinda (Mendy) SmithBiologyNatural SciencesNatural Sciences2019
Larissa BaileyLarissa BaileyFish, Wildlife, and Conservation BiologyWarner College of Natural ResourcesWarner College of Natural Resources2018