Distinguished Ecologists 2017-18

Kathy Galvin - Resident Distinguished Ecologist

November 1, 2017 at 3 pm

Kathy GalvinKathy Galvin is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Colorado State University, a Senior Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, co-director of the Institute for Society, Landscape and Ecosystem Change.

Dr. Galvin serves as Advising Faculty for the Department of Sociology and the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. Trained as a biological anthropologist, she has conducted interdisciplinary human ecological research in Africa and for the past 20 years and more recently in Kazakhstan.


Melissa McHale - Honor Alumn

October 4, 2017 at 3 pm

John Wiens - Visiting Distinguished Ecologist

Date TBD

Bea Van Horne - Visiting Distinguished Ecologist

Date TBD

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

Dates TBD

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

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.