Distinguished Ecologists 2017-18

Melissa McHale - Honor Alumna

October 4, 2017 at 4 pm

Melissa McHaleMelissa McHale is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, at Colorado State University, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Wits City Institute, at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Her focus is on urban ecology and sustainability which encompasses transdisciplinary study of complex social-ecological systems, social drivers of urban ecosystem structure and function, and global urbanization patterns and processes.

Dr. McHale has also developed an internationally renowned research and education program in South Africa, where she provides students with unique opportunities to work with underprivileged communities on their greatest sustainability challenges.

Kathleen Galvin - Resident Distinguished Ecologist

November 1, 2017 at 4 pm

Kathleen GalvinKathleen Galvin is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology, and Senior Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University. She is Director of The Africa Center. She has conducted long-term social-ecolological research in the rangelands of Africa and has conducted research in Kazakhstan and Mongolia. She is interested in issues of human land use, conservation, climate variability and change, food security and resilience and adaptation strategies.

Dr. Galvin's current research explores community based conservancies as innovative systems for social-ecological sustainability. She is currently a lead author for the global assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem services team (IPBES) whose goal is to strengthen the science-policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

John Wiens - Visiting Distinguished Ecologist

Feb 13, 2018 at 3 pm

John Wiens

was a University Distinguished Ecology Professor at Colorado State University. His work emphasized landscape ecology, conservation, and the ecology of birds, leading to over 260 scientific papers and 11 books. He grew up in Oklahoma as an avid birdwatcher. Before joining the CSU, and following degrees from the University of Oklahoma and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he joined the facutly of Oregon State University and later teh University of New Mexico.

Dr. Wiens left academia in 2002 to join The Nature Conservancy as Lead Scientist, and then, in 2008, PRBO Conservation Science as Chief Scientist. He retired in 2014 and now splits his time between his home in Corvallis, Oregon and the University of Western Australia as an Adjunct Professor.

Bea Van Horne - Visiting Distinguished Ecologist

Feb 13, 2018 at 3 pm

Bea Van Horne

Bea Van Horne has directed the Northwest Climate Hub for the Department of Agriculture since 2014. She has also been a Professor of Biology at Colorado State University. During her 17 years at CSU, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in ecology and vertebrate biology and conducted research on processes influencing populations of small mammals. Much of this work was conducted as part of a larger research effort on raptors in the Snake River Birds of Prey Area in Idaho.

Dr. Van Horne has served as the National Wildlife Program Lead for the US Forest Service, the National Program Coordinator for Ecology for USGS, and as a Program Manager for the Pacific Northwest Research Station of the Forest Service.

Alan Covich - Visiting Distinguished Ecologist

February 15, 2018 at 9 am

Alan Covich

Alan Covich was the head of the Dept of Fishery and Wildlife Biology at Colorado STate University from 1992 to 1999 and a professor at CSU until 2002. His current research examines hurricane and drought effoects on predator-prey interactions, chemosensory communication, and species redundancy in detrital processing chains. He was awarded the Icko Iben Award for Excellence for Interdisciplinary Work by the American Water REsources Association in 1997, elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1999, and a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America in 20112.

Dr. Covich was a Fulbright Fellow in 2004 in Portugal working on drought impacts on food webs.

Johan Six - Visiting Distinguished Ecologist

March 21 & 22, 2018 at 4 pm

Johan Six

Dr. Johan Six received his PhD in Soil Science in 1998 from Colorado State University. His research focused on the mechanisms underlying greenhouse gas mitigation by no-tillage practices. He remained as a Research Scientist at NREL from 1998-2002.

Dr. Six further developed his research with a focus on the feedbacks between ecosystem management options, global change, and biogeochemical cycling. More specifically, he studies the complex interactions between soil, plants, soil biota, and the carbon and nitrogen cycles in terrestrial ecosystems, especially agroecosystems. He is currently the chair in Sustainable Agroecosystems at ETH-Zurich, where he will continue his research program developed at UC Davis, but with more of an emphasis on landscape analysis and global food security.

Steve Running - Visiting Distinguished Ecologist

April 4 & 5, 2018 at 4 pm
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Steve Running

Dr. Steve Running received a PhD in Forest Ecology from Colorado State University. He has been with the University of Montana, Missoula since 1979 where he is an Emeritus University Regents Professor of Ecology. His primary research interest is the development of global and regional ecosystem biogeochemical models integrating remote sensing with bioclimatology and terrestrial ecology. He is a Team Member of the NASA Earth Observing System, Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectgroradiometer, and he is responsible for the EOS global terrestrial net primary production and evapotranspiration datasets.

Dr. Running has published over 260 scientific articles and two books. He has recently served on the Committee for Earch Studies of the National Research Council and on the federal Interagency Carbon Cycle Science Committee.