GDPE Student Bios

Please find more about our great MS and Ph.D. students. This page shows students who have an active personal biography statement, for a list of all students, use the Current Student Directory.

Showing GDPE Students with Student Bios – ordered alphabetically.
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Barosh, Theresa
tbarosh@willamette.edu
PhD Started in Fall 2014
Advisor: Paul Ode
As a PhD student in Dr. Paul Ode's lab working on Russian knapweed (Acroptilon repens) biological control, plant-insect interactions fascinate me. Particular concern with invasive species compels me to pursue research that I find fascinating and full of potential for further applications. Russian knapweed can overwhelm and dominate the landscape, choking out other plants. I am examining two biological control agents for Russian knapweed: a gall midge, jaapiella ivannikovi, and a gall wasp, Aulacidea acroptilonica. With interested in comparing the effectiveness of these gall-forming insects I plan to examine whether they influence the plant more when introduced together or separately. Do multiple natural enemies compete as they utilize the same resources, or do they more effectively control Russian knapweed when both attacking the plant? I am excited to be collaborating with Dr. Dan Bean and Jess McKenney at the Palisade Insectary. Earning my Bachelor's degree at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, I was privileged to participate in an integrative systematics study on Camassia (Agavoideae; Asparagaceae) in Dr. Susan Kephart's lab with additional advising from Dr. Kathryn Theiss. In the lab and in the field I also pursued studies of a newly discovered species of gall midge (Cecidomyiidae; Diptera) and its interaction with the wildflower, Camassia. I also enjoyed collaborating with gall midge specialist, Dr. Ray Gange.
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Bdawi, Elbahlul
manager-318@hotmail.com
PhD Started in Fall 2015
Advisor: Dana Hoag
I'm Elbahlul Bdawi, a Libyan Phd student at Colorado State University in department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. I am studying in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology . I have a out 25 years of experience as an agronomist since I worked in the agricultural sector in Libya. I am interested in the study and research about the relationship between agriculture production and ecosystem services.
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Beck, Whitney
wbeck1990@gmail.com
PhD Started in Fall 2014
Advisor: LeRoy Poff
As a student at the University of Maryland College Park, I gained a strong interest in freshwater management and graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy in spring 2012. At EPA's Office of Water, I evaluated state methodologies for assessing water quality and designating water bodies as impaired under the Clean Water Act. I also worked at EPA's Office of Research and Development, supporting management of Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grants related to freshwater, climate, and atmospheric science. As a PhD student in Dr. LeRoy Poff's lab and an I-WATER IGERT fellow, I am incorporating ecological, hydrological, and socioeconomic principles to study the interactions among streamflow parameters, nutrients, and algae in freshwater streams. This research aims to better link streamflow regimes with water quality and primary production. My recreational interests include hiking, biking, cooking, and traveling.
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Beeton, Tyler
tybeeton@gmail.com
PhD Started in Fall 2014
Advisor: Kathy Galvin
I am a new PhD student working with Kathy Galvin in the GDPE Human-Environment Interactions specialization. I hold a BS in Psychology and Biology from Baker University and a MA in Anthropology from CSU. My thesis research was broadly concerned with the impact of global environmental change on late-Pleistocene human adaptation. Using archaeological site information, GIS, climate datasets, and spatial statistical modeling, we tested hypotheses concerning human distribution and dispersals within late-Pleistocene Central Asia. Since 2010, I have had the opportunity to work as a CSU Research Assistant at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, and most currently at the North Central Climate Center, where I have worked very generally on adaptation and resilience of social-ecological systems in Africa, Mongolia and the US. For my PhD, I will be working with the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies (BANR), which will address the major challenges limiting feedstock development, production, logistics, and utilization of beetle-killed trees in the Rockies. My dissertation research will contribute to the regional-scale socio-economic and policy analysis task group. Originally from Kansas, I moved to Colorado in 2007 and have enjoyed living in both the high country and the Front Range. Skiing, hiking, and traveling with my wife and our dog Jake consumes most of my free time.
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Bombaci, Sara
sara.bombaci@colostate.edu
PhD Started in Spring 2014
Advisor: Liba Pejchar-Goldstein
I am a new PhD student working with Dr. Liba Pejchar. I am currently completing an M.S. in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at CSU while conducting research on the consequences of mule deer habitat improvements in the Piceance Basin for songbird and small mammal assemblages. I am originally from Albuquerque, NM, but I moved to Durango, CO in 2005 to pursue a bachelor�¢??s degree in Environmental Biology from Fort Lewis College. Upon completion of my degree, I worked as a field technician on a variety of projects across Colorado before committing to pursue graduate studies. My PhD research will focus on evaluating the consequences of changes in frugivore diversity and abundance for seed dispersal services in tropical ecosystems. I plan to pursue an academic career that integrates my diverse research interests in conservation biology, invasion biology, restoration and reintroduction biology, plant-animal interactions, and the implications of species loss or species restoration for ecosystem functioning. Other professional interests include environmental education and minority student mentoring, and my recreational interests include mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, climbing, snowboarding, art and photography.
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Borkenhagen, Andrea
andrea.borkenhagen@colostate.edu
PhD Started in Fall 2014
Advisor: David Cooper
After graduating with a B.Sc. as a Botany Major from the University of Calgary, I worked for four years in Alberta as a vegetation ecologist. I am passionate about wetland issues and would like to see successful reclamation projects become an integral part of Albertaâ??s oilsand operations. Over the next few years at CSU, I will be working with Dr. David Cooper to determine the best method for establishing constructed fen vegetation. We are experimenting with fen moss and vascular species establishment, determining an effective cover treatment, looking at ways to deal with the high salinity levels, and the impacts to vegetation from a fertilizer application. The fenâ??s construction design is the first of its kind and I am hopeful that this information will provide meaningful input and direction for oilsand companyâ??s wetland compensation efforts. I am also thrilled to be in Colorado, where I can continue to nurture my love for the mountains, rivers, and bluegrass.
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Cadmus, Peter
petecadmus@hotmail.com
PhD Started in Fall 2011
Advisor: Will Clements
Pete Cadmus After completing my BS at the University of Wisconsin-Steven Point I held many odd jobs including: radiochemist, USFS recreation planner, high school science teacher, wildfire dispatcher, EMT, environmental educator, wilderness trip leader, ecology field tech… all related to science or science education. Most of my research with CSU and CDOW has examined the effects of mine pollution on macroinvertebrate communities. I have been volunteering or working for Will Clements’ lab for over eight years. My M.S. examined the effects of dietary and aqueous zinc on subcellular accumulation and feeding rates of mayflies. My current research attempts to improve how water quality standards are derived especially for stressors that have a limited direct toxicity in the laboratory but substantial indirect toxicity in the field.
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Carroll, Jeff
cjwcarroll@gmail.com
PhD Started in Fall 2013
Advisor: Alan Knapp
I am a new Ph.D. student working with Alan Knapp and Patrick Martin, and my research is going to focus on the ecophysiological adaptations of Rocky Mountain conifers to climate change. I moved to Fort Collins during the summer of 2012 and love Colorado. Since moving here, I�ve been working for CSU as a Research Associate in the Biology department, managing the establishment of a long-term multi-state experiment on the effects of drought on grasslands. I moved to Fort Collins from Connecticut, where I received a Master of Forest Science degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Before that I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies and International Studies from Colby College. To unwind, I enjoy ultimate frisbee, hiking, skiing, and rock climbing.
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Carroll, Katherine
khcarroll141989@gmail.com
MS Started in Fall 2015
Advisor: Stephen Leisz
Katherine Carroll is a MS student in the GDPE program. She is interested in investigating changing agro-ecosystems using remote sensing techniques and field data in conjunction with geographic information system (GIS) and spatial analysis tools. Other areas of focus include political ecology and the role that relationships between social, political and economic factors have on human-environment relationships. Originally from Washington DC, Katherine received a B.A. in anthropology from Colorado State University in 2012. After completing her undergraduate degree, Katherine served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal where she worked with local farmers to promote the adoption of agricultural technologies to increase sustainability and improve food security. Now that she has completed her service, Katherine is excited to continue her education at Colorado State.
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Chaves Rodriguez, Francis Andrea
fachaves@rams.colostate.edu
PhD Started in Fall 2012
Advisor: Melinda Smith
Starting this fall I will be working as a PhD student with Dr. Melinda Smith. I am a Fulbrighter from Colombia where I obtained my MS degree in Biology at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. My research experience includes plant reproductive biology, pollination biology, population ecology and life histories of plants, mostly in the "p�????�???�??�?�¡ramo", an unique high Andean ecosystem, which plays a key role in water supply. I also have experience as a professor for undergraduate Biology students. My interest is the role of biodiversity in ecosystem functions, understanding the functional role of the species in the structure of ecological communities and the functional consequences of species loss. My goal is in the future apply this knowledge in my home country in the restoration of degraded tropical ecosystems.
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Childress, Amber
amber.childress@colostate.edu
website
PhD Started in Fall 2013
Advisor: Dennis Ojima
I am a PhD student in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at Colorado State University, working with Dennis Ojima. Growing up on a cotton farm in West Texas, I have always had an interest in the interactions between agriculture and ecosystems. After earning a bachelor�¢??s degree in International Studies and Economics from Austin College, I spent time working in the US House of Representatives and in project finance at Vinson & Elkins, LLP. I then joined the Secretariat of the Terrestrial Carbon Group at the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment. My focus was on the finance and political systems needed to effectively address land in climate change policies. My master�¢??s work was an assessment of elk management in Northern Colorado as a case study for understanding social-ecological systems and evaluating institutional fit for resource management. As an I-WATER fellow, my PhD research will draw from these methods and my background in agriculture and climate change in an evaluation of the hydrology of the South Platte River under different climate change and development scenarios and the capacity of current management structures to adapt.
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Clarke, Mindy
mindycsu@gmail.com
PhD Started in Spring 2013
Advisor: Kathy Galvin
A native of Vermont, Mindy has always felt closely tied to nature. As a teenager, she began to travel to developing countries and recognized the intimate relationships between humans and their environment. She has developed a broad skill set in social and ecological sciences that allow her to participate in interdisciplinary work addressing human-environment interactions. She obtained a bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies and Spanish from the University of Vermont and spent several years working in international development and as a protected areas manager before pursuing her master's degree at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment. She then spent seven years working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington, DC before escaping to Colorado to study for her PhD. She likes to play outside either running trails, riding her bike, or skiing. She loves to travel and participate in activities to give back to her community. Mindy takes an interdisciplinary approach to developing elegant solutions to address both human needs and ecological integrity. She takes a social-ecological approach to investigating impacts of humans on resources and impacts of resources on humans. Her dissertation work will be conducted in Indonesia where she will examine the relationships between human health and ecosystem health.
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Cook, Gericke
gerickele@comcast.net
PhD Started in Fall 2013
Advisor: Melinda Laituri
Gericke Cook is a returning PhD student working with Melinda Laituri and Paul Evangelista to finish her doctorate in ecology. Her prior research focused on African savanna ecology dynamics and historical changes to the Seronera woodlands in Serengeti National Park. Gericke left GDPE in 2006 to pursue federal employment in the fields of GIS and natural resources management. Her educational training from CSU has served her well and she is currently a geographer with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. She combines GIS science, statistics, and quantitative ecology to produce risk models for addressing plant health and disease issues.
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Cubley, Erin
ecubley@gmail.com
PhD Started in Fall 2015
Advisor: David Cooper
Erin received her BS in Environmental Conservation Studies from the University of New Hampshire in 2008. Her undergraduate studies were focused on wetland ecology and restoration and she conducted research on restoration techniques for the eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica). Following the completion of her BS, Erin worked for the Peace Corps in Morocco and taught environmental education in the High Atlas Mountains in the native language, Berber. Before starting her master�¢??s degree at Eastern Washington University, she worked as a raft guide on the Salmon River in Idaho. She received her MS from Eastern Washington University where she studied the response of riparian vegetation following dam removal on the Elwha River. In the Cooper lab at Colorado State University, Erin will be working with the Forest Service to evaluate conditions of riparian ecosystems in the western U.S in order to prioritize efforts for protection and proposed water development.
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Dillon, Adam
adamdillon@hotmail.com
PhD Started in Fall 2010
Advisor: Kevin Crooks
Although a New Yorker by birth I grew up in Texas. After receiving my Bachelor’s from the University of Texas I moved around the country working on a variety of mammal research projects. I then earned my M.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Virginia Tech studying ocelot density in Belize. Since then I’ve worked with coyotes in Chicago, mule deer in Oregon and more recently teaching college ecology courses in Belize, New Zealand and the Pacific Northwest. Although my ecological interests are varied, I specialize in carnivore population dynamics and conservation. As a new PhD student I’ll be working with Kevin Crooks studying the population dynamics and recovery of Channel Island Foxes and Spotted Skunks on Santa Cruz Island off the coast of California.
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Dunn, Jarod
jarod_dunn@hotmail.com
PhD Started in Spring 2015
Advisor: Bob Kling
Jarod Dunn is a GDPE PhD student via the department of agricultural and resource economics department here at CSU. He received his bachelor's degree in Finance from Texas State University, before pursuing an MS in environmental economics from Utah State University. His research has varied from the development of bioeconomic models to survey techniques for the valuation of environmental goods. He was an NSF scholar in 2014 and was part of a multidisciplinary team on biofuel development. His future interests include ecosystem services modeling and valuation as well as climate change accounting. His GDPE advisor is Dr. Ken Reardon.
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Elhemri, Maged
alhomri2005@yahoo.com
PhD Started in Spring 2015
Advisor: Bob Kling
I am Maged Elhemri PhD student in the program . My interest is in environmental economics and I'm working with Professor Bob Kling from Economics department on economic activity effect on environmental degradation. I graduated from Economic School at Benghazi University-1997 and got Masters in Finance from Tripoli-2002. I finished another master credit requirement last semester at Ag Econ department in natural resources and environment field but I will submit my paper this summer. I like to read in history, politics and Arabic poetry. In Fort Collins, I met people from more than 60 countries,and that added to my interests, the curiosity to new cultures.
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Endriss (Biddlecomb), Stacy
stacy.endriss@gmail.com
PhD Started in Fall 2011
Advisor: Ruth Hufbauer
Originally from Annapolis, MD, I studied Biological Sciences at Cornell University, and stayed in Ithaca, NY after graduation to work in a natural resources lab. My past research has focused on the ecological impacts of species invasion as well as the impacts of the practices used to 'control' these invasions. I am looking forward to focusing more on plant-insect interactions during my time at CSU, and to studying plant resistance through a more evolutionary perspective. I hope to look at my systems through the perspectives of the managers and how factors impact the effectiveness of certain biocontrol agents. My advisors are Ruth Hufbauer and Andrew Norton.
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Fedak, Derek
derek.fedak@colostate.edu
PhD Started in Spring 2013
Advisor: Tom Hobbs
Originally from St. Louis, MO, I received my undergraduate degree in Biology from Boston College and a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University with a focus in Ecosystem Science and Conservation. My past research has included analyzing space-use of urban coyotes in Boston, an ecological assessment of a mangrove system adjacent to a beach resort in Costa Rica, and assessing methods to mitigate human-lion conflict throughout Africa for National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative. Following graduation from Duke, I worked for the non-profit Wildlands Network creating large-scale habitat connectivity models throughout the Southeast U.S. For my PhD, I will be studying ecosystem state-transition in Yellowstone's Northern Range under Tom Hobbs and David Cooper using a combination of field data collection and ecological, geospatial, and statistical modeling. My research will focus on how elk-grassland systems are transitioning back to beaver-willow wetlands following the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone.
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Felton, Andrew
felton12392@gmail.com
PhD Started in Fall 2014
Advisor: Melinda Smith
I am a midwestern guy born and raised in Minnesota. While an undergrad at the University of Minnesota, I spent much of my time working within projects concerning global change phenomena in grasslands, as well as a semester in lowland Nepal. For my dissertation, I will be focusing on how different intensities and durations of climate extremes interact to affect the physiological, community and ecosystem processes within the North American tallgrass prairie. Specifically, I am interested in how intensity and duration of extremes interact to leave prolonged legacy effects on ecosystem function in subsequent years following the extreme event.
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Fernandez Tschieder, Ezequiel
fernandez.ezequiel@inta.gob.ar
PhD Started in Fall 2014
Advisor: Dan Binkley
I am a new Ph.D. student from Argentina. I received a Forestry degree and then completed a MS in Natural Resources focusing on plantation productivity. I have a position at INTA (National Institute for Agricultural Technology), and am an assistant in the Department of Silviculture at La Plata National University. I have developed a variety of research activities, most of them related to growth and yield of plantation, including applied silviculture and modelling. During my Ph.D. I will be working with Dan Binkley. My research interest focuses on the ecology of forest plantations, mainly on ecology of trees and stands productivity. After graduation, I will return to Argentina in the INTA Forest Ecology Group, and strengthen the Forest Productivity area. Aside from research, I like to travel and outdoors outdoor activities!
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Fialko, Katie
knfialko@gmail.com
MS Started in Fall 2016
Advisor: Seth Ex
I am excited to be back at CSU for my Master's program after obtaining my degree in Natural Resources Management in 2013. After graduating, I served with Americorps in California doing environmental education, and twice worked for the USGS here in Fort Collins. Most recently this involved doing dendrochronology on shrub species, which renewed my undergraduate interest in forestry. I will be examining the long term effects of fuels treatments done to prevent fires in low elevation forests. As a native of the Colorado Front Range, I am very pleased to be researching a topic that is so relevant to this area. When I am lucky enough to have spare time, I enjoy traveling, studying Spanish, being outdoors, and training jiu jitsu.
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Flett, Dana
dana.flett@gmail.com
PhD Started in Fall 2015
Advisor: David Cooper
I graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Resource Studies and a minor in Forestry and Natural Resources in 2011. After college, I worked as a field technician, an Environmental Consultant, and a Teacher's Assistant at UC Berkeleyâ??s Forestry Field Camp. Currently, I am pursuing a M.S. at CSU with Dr. David Cooper. Our project will investigate the hydrologic regime that distinguishes fens from adjacent wet meadows in the northern Sierra Nevada of California. We hope to define the thresholds for peat accumulation in order to assist managers in protecting and restoring this important function. Our methodology includes carbon sampling and modeling, vegetation analysis, and hydrologic monitoring. I hail from the mountains and rivers of northern California and I am excited to explore the tall peaks of Colorado. I enjoy climbing rocks, backcounty skiing, kayaking, mountain biking, and spending the sunset hours in my garden.
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Foster, Erika
ejfoster7@gmail.com
PhD Started in Fall 2013
Advisor: Francesca Cotrufo
Growing up in Portland, OR in sixth grade I spent a week with my class at Outdoor School studying the natural world. Since this time my passion for soil and plant science grew. I pursued my interests at the University of Montana in the College of Forestry, receiving a BA in Environmental Studies, a BS in Resource Conservation and a minor in Wilderness Studies. After taking a year to work in Alaska as a naturalist guide, pick up a little Spanish in Central America, and overwinter on the ski slopes of the West, I am joining the GDPE and working under Francesca Cotrufo of Soil and Crop Sciences. My overarching interests in soil and plant science, climate change, forest restoration and sustainable agriculture perfectly intersect in the study of biochar. I will be assisting Francesca with an ongoing project looking at the effect of biochar soil amendments on plant growth and in the future will study the effects and feasibility of biochar application on a widespread scale.
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Galloway, Nathan
nathan.galloway@colostate.edu
website
PhD Started in Fall 2010
Advisor: Mike Antolin
I grew up in Wyoming and received my Bachelor's in Biology from Iowa State University. Since then I have worked as a laboratory technician both at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Medical College of Virginia. As a PhD student working with Dr Mike Antolin, I will be working on a large project on Chronic Wasting Disease in mule deer. This project is led by Dr. Hobbs and has several other professors involved. I am currently working on population genetics and its relation to disease transmission and prevalence.
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Gamboa, Maybellene
maygamboa@berkeley.edu
PhD Started in Fall 2013
Advisor: Cameron Ghalambor
I am a new PhD student co-advised by Cameron Ghalambor and Chris Funk. I obtained my BS from UC Berkeley in Integrative Biology and Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management. After receiving my undergraduate degree, I continued working with Dr. Steve Beissinger exploring interspecific interactions among rails in small, isolated wetlands as well as aiding in other ornithological projects. I am broadly interested in understanding morphological and behavioral adaptive variation among populations. By disentangling the primary factors influencing population dynamics and adaptive variation, I aim to help inform conservation decisions regarding species and populations of concern. My work will focus on the Channel Island Song Sparrow, a species restricted to a few islands off the coast of southern California.
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Garbowski, Magda
magda.garbowski@gmail.com
PhD Started in Fall 2016
Advisor: Cini Brown
I am a masters student working with Cini Brown and Danielle Johnston to study the effects of super absorbent polymers in restoration. Since receiving a BA in Ecology and Environmental Studies from CU Boulder in 2010, I have been exploring the fields of plant ecology and restoartion in the summers and teaching ski school in the winters. After hopping around the west, I am excited to spend the coming years conducting research, studying, and living back on the Front Range.
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Golas, Ben
bengolasvmd@gmail.com
PhD Started in Fall 2015
Advisor: Colleen Webb
Originally from eastern Pennsylvania, Ben graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Animal Sciences in 2009. He then proceeded to veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania to pursue a career in wildlife health and management. Graduating as a VMD in 2013, he spent the following two years working in small and exotic animal private practice to better his clinical veterinary skills before committing to a more research-focused field. Throughout his education, Ben has been a strong proponent of the One Health Initiative, using a collaborative approach to address human, animal, and ecosystem health. In this regard, he has a keen interest in studying infectious diseases among wildlife, an area of ever-growing concern. Ben looks forward to exploring wildlife disease ecology as a PhD student in the lab of Dr. Colleen Webb. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, rock climbing, board games, and playing blues harmonica.
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Gray, Jesse
taq.adventures@gmail.com
PhD Started in Fall 2017
Advisor: Melinda Smith
I am arriving this Fall from the opposite side of the mountain in Salt Lake City, where I received my BS in biology. Much of my background is in genetics, and I have worked as a lab technician since 2006 in various labs here in Utah. In my final years at the University of Utah, my fascinations with biology became focused on plant community and evolutionary ecology, with particular interest in the adaptations of invasive annual species to new habitats and to our changing climate. I am excited by the thought of applying what I have learned in genetics to these fields. I am very fortunate to be joining Melinda Smith's lab as a doctoral student where we will be exploring the roles of biotic vs. abiotic features of grassland ecosystem responses to the altered precipitation regimes predicted as a component of climate change.
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Griffin-Nolan, Robert
robertgn13@gmail.com
PhD Started in Fall 2014
Advisor: Alan Knapp
I am an incoming PhD student working in Alan Knapp's lab with a background in plant ecophysiology. I hail from Central New York, where I received my bachelors of science in Biology from Ithaca College. In Ithaca, I spent my free time either gorge jumping or measuring photosynthesis and stress responses of local moss species. After graduating, I spent a year at Cornell University researching how intracellular chloroplast movements of Arabidopsis affect photosynthesis and plant responses to excess light. For my graduate work, I will be researching how climate change driven alterations in precipitation affect the physiology of key grassland species and perhaps the less key bryophyte species. In my free time, I hope to explore all that Fort Collins and Colorado have to offer by bike and search for more high places to jump from into water.
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Gurung, Ram
ram.gurung@colostate.edu
PhD Started in Spring 2012
Advisor: Steve Ogle
I am a new PhD student working with Stephen Ogle and Keith Paustian in Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. I am also working as a Research Associate/Statistician at Natural Resources Ecological Laboratory at Colorado State University. I earned my B.S. in Mathematics and M.S. in Statistics from Colorado State University, where I built a statistical model to predict the Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI)�¢??a remotely sensed index of vegetation cover and its associated uncertainty�¢??based on climate and management variables. For my dissertation I will be looking forward to build an ammonia volatilization sub-model from agricultural practices to enhance an existing ecosystem simulation model (DAYCENT), parameter optimization using Bayesian techniques and global simulation using climate change scenario. Apart from study I to hike, play volleyball, basketball and watch football.
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Gutierrez, Carolina
cgcol@rams.colostate.edu
PhD Started in Fall 2011
Advisor: LeRoy Poff
I am a Biologist from Colombia able to develop research in Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Limnology and Marine Biology, with certified knowledge of English as a second language, computers and statistics applied to research in Biology. I am very interested in acquiring and improving abilities and skills as a scientist and a researcher, particularly in areas such as Zoology and Limnology, areas in which I am looking forward to specialize; in order to make a contribution to science and to the development of my country through my future research work.
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Hamdan, Osman
omhamdan@rams.colostate.edu
PhD Started in Fall 2010
Advisor: Dana Hoag
I grew up in Sudan; studied forestry (BSc) and environmental science (MSc) and worked for nine years as a professional forester in north, central and southwestern Sudan. The rise of Moslem Brothers to power through a military coup by fanatic Islamists in June 1989 forced me outside Sudan into exile in Germany. While in Germany, I studied forestry economics and policy (Doctorate) in the forestry school at Tharandt, the oldest academy of forestry in Germany, founded by Heinrich Cotta in 1811 near Dresden, Saxony. In 2004, I came to Denver where I earned an MA in economics from the Colorado University at Denver. I joined the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at CSU in 2008, and transferred to the GDPE this semester. Currently I work for the CRSP as a Graduate Research Assistant. In my PhD research I study the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of agricultural intensification and individualization of livestock ownership. I am particularly interested in investigating the socioeconomic and ecological impacts of declining extensive livestock systems due to increased land privatization and ecosystem fragmentation. I am guided in this research by Dr. Dana Hoag and Dr. Randall Boone.
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Hargis, Lauren
lhargis@usgs.gov
MS Started in Fall 2013
Advisor: Will Clements
I am originally from Louisiana, but have called Colorado my home for over ten years now. I completed my B.S. here at CSU and am now working on a M.S. with Dr. Will Clements in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology. My research interests have included looking at trophic dynamics in lentic and lotic systems and the affects of environmental contaminants in systems. I will be working closely with my colleagues at the US Geological Survey throughout my M.S. research and am thankful for their amazing support. Outside of my career I enjoy spending time with my family and all of the outdoor sports and live music that Colorado has to offer.
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Hauptfeld, Rina
rina.hauptfeld@gmail.com
PhD Started in Fall 2015
Advisor: Jen Solomon
I am generally interested in social-ecological systems. Currently I look at collaborative and community-based natural resource management, particularly in marine protected areas, through the lens of citizen science. My dissertation looks at how engagement in monitoring influences management and conservation effectiveness in marine areas managed by local communities. My study sites are in the Central Visayan region of the Philippines, and previous work was in Latin America.
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Herendeen, Paul
pah4w@yahoo.com
PhD Started in Fall 2014
Advisor: Keith Paustian
Raised on the outdoors, Paul Herendeen earned a Bachelors degree in Biology from the University of Virgina before working for six years in ecological research for the US Geological Survey and Forest Service in California and Alaska. Eager to add an engineering perspective to his environmental background, he then earned a MS in Biological & Environmental Engineering from Cornell University, focusing on hydrology and biogeochemistry. Paul is currently a PhD student with the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at Colorado State University working with Dr. Keith Paustian and the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies on a project to assess the conversion of beetle-killed tress to liquid biofuels. His research interest is the implementation of practical solutions to ecological sustainability problems, particularly though collaboration with the private sector. He is especially interested in issues relating to carbon, energy, and water.
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Hincapie, Santiago
shincapi@rams.colostate.edu
PhD Started in Spring 2015
Advisor: Gregory Graff
Santiago Hincapie is a PhD student working under Gregory D. Graff in Agriculture and Resource Economics department. He grew up in Medellin, Colombia and immigrated to the United States where he received his B.S. in Civil Engineering and Economics from Florida Atlantic University. He worked as a field engineer in the south Florida area. Later he received his M.S. in Economics from Florida Atlantic University and a MBA from Nova Southeastern University. His research interests include natural resource (water) management, coastal resource management, natural resource collaboration, riparian ecology, and human and environmental conflict.
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Hoffman, Ava
ava.hoffman@colostate.edu
website
PhD Started in Fall 2013
Advisor: Melinda Smith
While working at the University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University, I became fascinated by ecology, in particular ecological genetics and its importance to grassland ecosystems and agriculture. At the University of Virginia, I earned my B.S. with a focus on agricultural genetics. After also working in the biotechnology industry, I am very excited to begin my PhD work with DR. MELINDA SMITH this fall. My research will focus on gene expression in natural grassland species at the beautiful Konza Prairie site in Kansas. I hope to integrate my findings with the critically important agricultural and biofuel industries.
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Huayhuaca-Frye, Ch'aska
chaska@gmail.com
PhD Started in Spring 2012
Advisor: Robin Reid
I am a PhD student transferring into GDPE to work with Kathy Galvin in the Human-Environment Interactions (HEI) specialization. I received a BS in Natural Resources at Cornell University (focusing on agroforestry cropping systems) and an MS here at CSU in the department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (protected areas concentration). Since 2010 I have been working at the Center for Collaborative Conservation as a program coordinator. Between my work with the CCC and previous work in resource and land use conflict in the Philippines, I became very interested in participatory approaches to environmental governance. Specifically, I am interested in investigating the network dynamics of both self-organizing and facilitated collaborative initiatives, as well as the ecological and social outcomes resulting from participatory and adaptive management regimes. My favorite time sinks are over-analyzing films, reading about cognitive science and history, brewing beer, and farm work.
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Kellner, Annie
akellner@rams.colostate.edu
PhD Started in Fall 2016
Advisor: Mike Antolin
I am a new M.S. student joining Mike Antolin's lab in the Department of Biology.�??�?�  I received a B.A. in English from Cornell University, and after spending a number of years in the non-profit sector, chose to redirect my career path into conservation science. I moved to Fort Collins in 2010 to bolster my undergraduate coursework and gain research experience at CSU.�??�?�  I worked under Drs. Tom Hobbs and Kevin Crooks on their respective Ecology of Infectious Disease projects, and ultimately chose to pursue graduate work in disease ecology.�??�?�  I plan to conduct a landscape genetics study assessing cross-species disease transmission among North American felids.
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Kennedy, Anita
anitarenee86@gmail.com
MS Started in Spring 2014
Advisor: Troy Ocheltree
Anita Kennedy grew up on a farm in southeastern Kentucky, which drove her interest in the natural world. After obtaining a degree in Environmental Studies: Sustainable Forestry from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC she gained research experience through several seasonal positions across the west before settling in at The Nature Conservancy�¢??s South Puget Sound Prairie Program in Olympia, Washington. There she developed a program for the research and production of native plant materials for restoration of shortgrass prairies. Here at CSU she is looking at the physiological affects of climate change on several native forb and grass species with range faculty Troy Ocheltree.
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Knutson, Eric
knutson75@gmail.com
PhD Started in Spring 2014
Advisor: Boris Kondratieff
I am a new Ph.D. student from Minnesota advised by Boris Kondratieff. After completing my BS in Biology from North Dakota State University, I then worked for the USGS in Jamestown, ND. Later, I received a MS in Agricultural Biology from New Mexico State University. Recently I served as an entomologist in Kuwait for the Army Medical Corp. I am broadly interested in understanding habitat choice and population dynamics. My current work involves investigating spider distribution and adaptations to the development of the Great Plains. For this study, I will be focusing on life history of shrub dwelling spiders in the North American grassland ecoregions. This research is intended to contribute to the knowledge base of spider biodiversity and their ecological dynamics within grassland systems. Recreational interests include biking, travel, hiking, swimming, art and live music.
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Kotter, Daniel
dankotter7@gmail.com
PhD Started in Spring 2015
Advisor: David Cooper
After graduating from the University of Southern Indiana and working for a year with the Kentucky Geological Survey, I moved to Northwest Montana to start what would be seven years as a researcher with the National Park Service, United States Geological Survey (USGS), and the University of Montana. As a scientist with the USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, I began working with the aquatics program, including the assessment of climate impacts on native aquatic ecosystems in the Flathead River watershed and in-stream flow modeling and geomorphic assessment of Bull Trout and Westslope Cutthroat Trout habitat in Northwest Montana. In 2011, I continued work with the USGS and the University of Montana as a GIS Specialist on the Grizzly Bear DNA project. After project completion in 2013, I assisted with a Colorado State University research project in Glacier National Park and subsequently as an Environmental Specialist with a consulting firm on the Colorado Front Range. For my M.S., I will be working on a National Science Foundation long term research project studying state transition and trophic cascades in Yellowstone National Parkâ??s Northern Range. The emphasis of my research are the feedbacks between beavers, geomorphic stability, and groundwater â?? surface water interactions. When not at the office, I enjoy fly fishing, mountaineering, birding, cooking, and photography.
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Larson, Courtney
courtney.larson@colostate.edu
website
PhD Started in Spring 2015
Advisor: Kevin Crooks
I am a Ph.D. student co-advised by Kevin Crooks and Sarah Reed. I recently completed an M.S. in Ecology here at CSU, and have a B.A. in Environmental Studies and International Studies from Colby College. I am broadly interested in the fields of conservation science and planning, landscape ecology, and wildlife ecology, and more specifically how land use change and human activity affect wildlife. My Ph.D. research will focus on how human recreation (e.g., hiking and mountain biking) affects mammal and reptile occurrence and community composition in the San Diego area. I am originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota and in my free time enjoy hiking, camping, skiing, cooking, and gardening.
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Leach, Clint
clint.leach@gmail.com
PhD Started in Fall 2010
Advisor: Colleen Webb
I am a new PhD student joining the lab of Colleen Webb. I'm originally from Colorado, but I got my undergraduate degree in mathematical biology from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA. My experience thus far has been focused on marine ecology, looking at food web structure in the North Pacific, but I'm broadly interested in theoretical and quantitative ecology. To start out, I will be working with the USGS on a project modeling chronic wasting disease in elk.
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Leichty, Sarah
sleichty@mail.colostate.edu
MS Started in Fall 2017
Advisor: Francesca Cotrufo
Sarah is a Masterâ??s student in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. She graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Environmental Science with honors and a B.S. in Agronomy, with an emphasis on Soil Science and Environmental Quality. While working in the Sustainable Agroecosystems Group at Iowa State University, Sarah developed an interest in understanding how nutrients cycle in various agricultural environments and what role this plays in managing for maximum productivity and environmental health. Sarahâ??s graduate research will focus on the formation of soil organic carbon under sprinkler-irrigated corn systems.
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Leipzig-Scott, Peter
Peteleipzig@gmail.com
PhD Started in Fall 2015
Advisor: Meena Balgopal
I was born and raised in New York, where I received my degree in Environmental Studies from Skidmore College. My research there covered a wide range of issues, but much of it examined the spread of riparian invasive plant species. After graduation, I worked for the BLM and the Nature Conservancy in Tucson, followed by wildlife conservation work in Costa Rica. Most recently I have spent the last year and a half working with the USGS here in Fort Collins, studying contaminant loads in macroinvertebrates and spiders. I'll be switching gears this Fall, joining Ruth Hufbauer's lab and�?????�????�???�??�?� turning my research focus back�?????�????�???�??�?� to plant ecology.
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Lynch, Laurel
laurelllynch@gmail.com
PhD Started in Fall 2012
Advisor: Matt Wallenstein
I am a new PhD candidate working with Matt Wallenstein and Claudia Boot. I grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska and received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. My primary research interests include arctic biogeochemistry and soil microbial ecology. At CSU I plan to study the release, transport, and processing of dissolved organic materials between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Outside of research I enjoy backpacking, playing violin, and reading classical literature and poetry.
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Maisonneuve (Day), Sarah
smais@lamar.colostate.edu
PhD Started in Fall 2006
Advisor: Michael Coughenour
I am currently working toward my masters degree in ecology, with an emphasis on conservation biology. Before coming to CSU I spent one year living in western Kenya studying blue monkeys, and I am looking forward to returning to Africa late this year to study human elephant conflict in Tanzania. When I am not working I like to hike, camp, and snowboard, and spend time with my dogs. I am very happy to be at CSU!
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Marshall, Conrad
conradma@rams.colostate.edu
MS Started in Spring 2015
Advisor: Melinda Laituri
Conrad Marshall is an M.S. student working under Melinda Laituri and Stacy Lynn in the Ecosystem Science and Sustainability Department. His undergraduate degree was completed at CSU in 2012, earning him a B.S. in Environmental Communications. As a part of his undergraduate work, he studied abroad in Kenya with the School for Field Studies, participating in their Wildlife Management Program. This experience was the catalyst in forming his love of all things to do with East Africa, taking him back to Kenya and Tanzania on several occasions. Conrad has worked as an environmental educator with CSUâ??s Environmental Learning Center and the Wildlife Clubs of Kenya, and was a Pulliam Scholar at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, just west of Fort Collins. His work with human and wildlife interactions within their environment provided the momentum to pursue a graduate degree in Ecology.
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Martin, Danny
dannym77@lamar.colostate.edu
PhD Started in Fall 2011
Advisor: Larissa Bailey
I am beginning work with Cameron Aldridge and Larissa Bailey to investigate environmental drivers of lizard distributions within the Great Plains. A native of Kansas, I received a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Kansas State University in 2000. After working for the USDA NWRC in Ft. Collins for 2 years, I moved to Minnesota where I studied river otters for my M.S. in Biology. I have worked for the Colorado Division of Wildlife for almost 7 years, primarily related to black-footed ferret conservation and estimation of occupancy of swift fox in Colorado. My research interests include habitat degradation/fragmentation, animal movement and habitat use, survey methods, and distribution patterns â?? all as they relate to conservation and land management. In my free time Iâ??ve studied short-horned lizards on the Shortgrass Steppe LTER, including microhabitat use, movement patterns, probability of survival, and influence of prairie dogs and patch burns on site occupancy. My wife Laura is a 3rd year student in Veterinary Medicine at CSU; we both enjoy hiking, landscape/wildlife photography, and relaxing with our 2 cats. Iâ??ve raced bicycles for 19 years and enjoy riding/racing when I have time!
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McCartney, Kevin
kmccartn@rams.colostate.edu
MS Started in Spring 2016
Advisor: Sarah Ward
- BS in computer science from Colorado School of Mines - 13 years in software engineering for Hewlett-Packard - Post-baccalaureate coursework in biology, ecology, statistics, GIS, and remote sensing - Started GDPE MS program in Spring 2016
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McClelland, Shelby
smcclell@mail.colostate.edu
PhD Started in Fall 2017
Advisor: Meagan Schipanski
I am a PhD student in Meagan Schipanski's Agroecology group. My research focuses on GHG decision support for organic agriculture production systems. I am researching soil carbon and GHG emissions as a function of key organic-oriented practices, with particular focus on cover crop growth parameters, manure and organic amendments, and plant-soil impacts of management intensive grazing practices. This research is being done in collaboration with the NREL lab at CSU and it will be integrated into the COMET-Farm and Cool Farm tools.
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McKee, Clif
clifton.mckee@gmail.com
PhD Started in Fall 2015
Advisor: Colleen Webb
I was born in Ohio, but I adopted Pittsburgh as my hometown after attending high school and college in western Pennsylvania. I received my BS in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011. After taking a class in ornithology, I became fascinated with birds. This led me to join a number of projects studying behavioral ecology, endocrinology, and disease transmission in wild birds. I am making a slight transition at CSU from feathers to fur in order to study disease dynamics and evolution in bats with Colleen Webb.
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McShane, Ryan
ryan.mcshane@colostate.edu
PhD Started in Fall 2008
Advisor: LeRoy Poff
I will be working on my PhD with LeRoy Poff as my advisor. My interests mostly involve aquatic ecosystems and the effects of invasive species, river regulation and climate change. My research will partly involve modeling the spread of a nonnative invertebrate in western US rivers under different water management and climate change scenarios. I am interested in testing this model on other existing or potential invasive species and in understanding why some species are more successful at invading and why some systems are more susceptible to invasion.
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Messner, Lewis
lemessne@rams.colostate.edu
MS Started in Fall 2015
Advisor: David Cooper
I am currently pursuing a Masters in Ecology, and I have the privilege of working with Dr. David Cooper and PhD. candidate, Andrea Borkenhagen on vegetative success in peat-fen reclamation sites in the oil-sand mines of Alberta, Canada. I hail from the lower peninsula of the Great Lakes State, and received my Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Biology and Plant Biology from Michigan State University in 2010. Shortly after, I began working for a small wetland consulting firm, focusing mainly on habitat management, invasive species control, and in-lieu-fee mitigation practices. After two years, I transitioned into the regulatory sector, and began managing the wetland program for the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas. I was exposed to land management in the context of Nonpoint Source Pollution and water quality, and had the opportunity to partner with several Tribal government, US government, and local individuals in tackling water quality related issues. Outside of my career activities I enjoy many distractions including running, backpacking, live music, and dancing.
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Miltenberger, Oliver
ormiltenberger@gmail.com
MS Started in Fall 2015
Advisor: Stephen Leisz
I graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2014 studying ecosystem management and German language. Originally interested in geology and linguistics, my passions shifted towards the more mortal world of ecosystem and conservation sciences focusing generally on fish & wildlife population analysis. Research and study has taken me to central and eastern Europe, southern Africa, the Brazilian Amazon, and around the US. At GDPE I will be working with Dr. Paul Evangelista to investigate the role of biodiversity in ecosystem services of the Ethiopian Highlands. I'm generally interested in ecological modeling, ehtnoecology, environmental ethics and policy, reintroductions, and anything else worth having a debate about. Outside of academics I'm a big fan of moving - climbing, basketball, soccer, mountain biking, backpacking, whitewater.
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Minatre, Kerri
kerri.minatre@colostate.edu
MS(B) Started in Fall 2012
Advisor: Gene Kelly
I received my B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Since then, I have worked at environmental labs in Nevada and Colorado as well as tracking bighorn sheep in the Bighorn Canyon as a volunteer for the USGS. I moved to Colorado 9 years ago, and for the past 4 years I have worked as the Research Coordinator at the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at CSU. I will be working on my master's, under the guidance of Gene Kelly and Chuck Rhoades on the use of biochar to restore soil productivity in areas with high severity fire or other disturbance, specifically at the Church's Park fire outside of Fraser, Colorado.
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Monroe, Grey
greymonroe@gmail.com
PhD Started in Fall 2014
Advisor: John McKay
Originally from North Carolina, I am thrilled to be in Colorado at CSU working under John McKay. I am interested in the evolutionary ecology of phenotypic plasticity, and how extreme climatic events shape local adaptation. As water availability becomes increasingly variable and often scarce in many environments, agriculturalists and ecologists are concerned with how species will cope with challenges posed by drought. My research in the McKay lab will aim to understand the genetic basis and ecological context of plant adaptation to water stress by exploring the natural variation observed in wild and domesticated species. Outside of researching, I love to cook, brew beer, play the banjo and climb.
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O'Brien, Lee
colobrien@bajabb.com
PhD Started in Spring 2014
Advisor: Paul Evangelista
I'm returning to CSU to pursue a Ph.D. working with Dr. Paul Evangelista. I'm currently employed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Inventory & Monitoring Program. The USFWS has asked me to develop a national plan for conserving "functional landscapes" capable of supporting self-sustaining populations of fish, wildlife and plants, using a surrogate species approach to determine what type, how much, and where habitat is required and the necessary configuration within landscapes. I will also propose ways that wildlife refuges can contribute to conserving functional landscapes. I received a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Ecology from CSU, after starting out as a Philosophy student at U.C. Davis. I've done spatially explicit wildlife conservation planning for about 19 years, working on projects in Colorado, California, Utah, Idaho, Alaska and regionally in the Southwest, Central Hardwoods and Yellowstone. I'm originally from St. Louis, MO. I first moved to Fort Collins in 1989 and have moved away and back several times... this time I'm here to stay!
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Oleksy, Isabella
isabella.oleksy@colostate.edu
PhD Started in Fall 2014
Advisor: Jill Baron
I am a new I-WATER fellow starting a PhD program under the guidance of Dr. Jill Baron. I grew up around Boston but fell in love with the mountains of New England and went to college at the University of New Hampshire. In 2012, I graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science with an emphasis on Ecosystem studies and a minor in Political Science. I spent a few seasons after graduation researching didymo ("rock snot"), an invasive alga, in the Catskill Mountains of New York before joining the Duffy Lab at the University of Michigan where I worked as a lab manager. My interests lie in the interface between aquatic and terrestrial ecosytems and understanding how global climate change alters the sensitive alpine ecosystems in the Rocky Mountain West.
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Paul, Ryan
rlpaul@rams.colostate.edu
PhD Started in Fall 2014
Advisor: Paul Ode
I am a new M.S. working with Dr. Paul Ode. I have been interested in studying insects for most of my life and recently graduated from Michigan State University with a B.Sc. in entomology. While at MSU, I worked on host specificity testing of an egg parasitoid for biological control of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. Here at CSU, I am excited to continue research in parasitoid ecology, now focusing on competition between two parasitoids of the imported cabbageworm, Pieris rapae. I am interested in contributing to our understanding of biological control and natural enemies to improve efficacy and preservation of native species. Outside of research I enjoy insect collecting, swimming, fishing, golfing, rock climbing, and playing guitar.
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Pezzutti, Florencia
fpezzutt@rams.colostate.edu
PhD Started in Fall 2010
Advisor: Chris Fisher
I’m a new PhD student working with Dr. Chris Fisher from the Anthropology Department. I received a MA from Colorado State University in Anthropology with focus in Archaeology, and a BA from Kent State University in Anthropology. I am a native Argentinean and prior to studying in the U.S I attended the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) for two years in the Facultad de Filosofia y Letras. My interests include: Mesoamerican states and empires, agricultural landscapes, agricultural intensification, maguey cultivation, GIS, and human-environmental interactions in the context of early urbanism and socio-political complexity. My MA research focused on agricultural terraces in the Lake Pátzcuaro Basin. I have participated in a total of four archaeological projects in the Lake Pátzcuaro Basin, Michoacán, Mexico since 2006.
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Pickering, Tomas
tomas.pickering@gmail.com
PhD Started in Fall 2014
Advisor: Robin Reid
I first became interested in ecology at a young age in my home state of Georgia. Through research at the University of Georgia and field studies in Malaysia, Panama, and Brazil my love of the tropics developed. I did a thesis on the efficiency of cracking palm nuts by capuchin monkeys in Brazil. Following my undergraduate degree I worked in ecotourism in Costa Rica and then taught as a teacher assistant at an elementary school in Texas before beginning Peace Corps in Malawi working in community based natural resource management. This was a life changing experience that got me interested in community development and agricultural practices. Upon my return to the USA I spent a a little over a year working on small farms in Massachusetts and Washington. Now I have joined CSU to pursue a Ph.D. with the help of my advisor professor Robin Reid. I hope to study community-based conservation in pastoralist communities in Kenya and am thrilled about learning through the GDPE program.
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Post, Alison
akpost@comcast.net
PhD Started in Fall 2015
Advisor: Alan Knapp
I am a PhD student in Dr. Alan Knapp's lab. I was born and raised in Maryland, but my family's roots are in Wisconsin. I graduated in 2014 from the University of Maryland with a BS in Biology with a concentration in ecology and evolution and a minor in surficial geology. I have spent the last year working as a lab manager of an aquatic entomology lab, which has been a great learning experience. I've participated in two Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) internships, one at the Smithsonian Institution researching fungal bioremediation, and another at Mountain Lake Biological Station in Virginia studying the mating system of a native wildflower. I love plants, and at CSU, I plan to study how prairie ecosystems, particularly prairie grasses, are responding to climate change. I was part of the Maryland marching band as an undergraduate, so I enjoy playing music as well as dancing, and of course, I also like to be outdoors.
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Pressler, Yamina
yamina.pressler@colostate.edu
PhD Started in Fall 2014
Advisor: John Moore
Halfway through my undergraduate degree in Environmental Management at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, I fell in love with soils. After a year on the soil judging team and various soils courses, I couldn't possibly imagine myself pursuing a career outside of this discipline. I have always had an interest in science education and the GDPE is allowing me to pursue both research interests throughout my time in graduate school. I am joining the GDPE under the advising of Francesca Cotrufo and John Moore, with whom I will explore my interests in soil ecology, carbon sequestration, soil organic matter, global change and science education. My research focus lies at the intersection of soil ecology and soil genesis where I will study the influence of bioturbation on deep soil carbon dynamics. In addition, my work will include a component of science education research in students of all age groups in order to understand how students learn complex concepts in ecology and soil science.
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Punzalan, Arianna
punzalan@mail.colostate.edu
MS Started in Spring 2017
Advisor: Randall Boone
I am originally from the sprawling suburbs of Sacramento, California. I left the central valley to attend UC Santa Cruz, where I received a BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Since graduating, I dedicated four years to the California Condor Recovery Program at Pinnacles National Park. Although I am sad to have left the field for the office, I am excited to continue working towards the recovery of the species through my graduate studies. I will be analyzing GPS data collected by California condors to predict when and where they will expand their range. This analysis will inform managers where to focus monitoring and outreach efforts while informing alternative energy developers of crucial habitat for condors and other avian species. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, climbing, and exploring nature, which I am excited to do here in Colorado.
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Ramlow, Matt
mramlow18@gmail.com
PhD Started in Fall 2014
Advisor: Francesca Cotrufo
I am a new PhD student in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology working with Dr. Francesca Cotrufo. My undergraduate studies at Yale University concentrated on both the social and natural sciences exploring climate change policy and conducting paleoclimate research in a geochemistry lab. Upon graduating I worked in international voluntary and regulatory carbon markets focusing on carbon accounting, particularly within the agriculture and forestry sectors. This work lead to my increased interest in carbon sequestration in terrestrial ecosystems, GHG emissions from land use, nutrient cycling and climate change mitigation. My graduate research, working with the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies, will focus on the impacts of biochar soil amendments in both managed forest and agricultural ecosystems.
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Rocci, Katie
katie.rocci@colostate.edu
PhD Started in Fall 2017
Advisor: Francesca Cotrufo
I received my BS in Earth Science with a minor in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability from the University of New Hampshire in 2017. I am currently a Master's student in the Cotrufo Lab where I study the effects of biochar on soil health, specifically on nitrogen cycling in agroecosystems.
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Rosen, Laura
lerosen@rams.colostate.edu
website
PhD Started in Fall 2014
Advisor: Francisco Olea-Popelka
I am a PhD student under Dr. Francisco Olea-Popelka, studying the epidemiology and ecology of tuberculosis in wildlife. My project will examine tools to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of tuberculosis in captive and free-ranging wildlife, including European badgers and African elephants. I developed an interest in wildlife disease as an undergraduate, and have pursued a variety of opportunities in wildlife and veterinary research while also becoming a veterinarian. I am originally from the East Coast (Connecticut, then Georgia), but have been in Fort Collins for the last 10 years and have earned a BS in Biological Science and Zoology and a DVM from CSU. Outside of work, I enjoy trail running, hiking, art, and reading.
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Schlatter, Emma
emmaschlatter@gmail.com
MS Started in Fall 2015
Advisor: Colleen Webb
I graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in mathematics. Since then Iâ??ve developed my ecological interests as a field technician on a variety of projects: behavior of forest passerines in Vermont and Florida, seabird distribution and population surveys in Alaska and Washington state, and collection of long-term oceanography data off the coast of California. As a PhD student in Dr. Colleen Webbâ??s lab, co-advised by Dr. Pete Buston of Boston University, I will be switching taxa and combining my ecological and mathematical interests to model marine larval dispersal in Elacatinus lori, a goby fish on the Belizean barrier reef.
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Scott, David
davidks@rams.colostate.edu
MS Started in Fall 2011
Advisor: Jason Sibold
I graduated from Humboldt State University with a BA in Geography where my studies focused around climate, mountain environments and biogeography especially in the coast redwood forest, the Sierra Nevada, CA and the Central Andes. I have worked on projects involving the cushion plant llareta (Azorella compacta) in the Bolivian altiplano, cold-air pooling and hydrology around Devils Postpile NM and alpine plant communities in the US, Bolivia and Peru. I am working for Jason Sibold researching the ongoing spruce beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis) outbreak in the San Juan Mountains. My current research interests focus around how patterns of disturbance are affected by competition, climate, topography and human activities.
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Shaw, Ashley
eshaw01@lamar.colostate.edu
PhD Started in Fall 2013
Advisor: Diana Wall
I grew up in the beautiful rolling hills of Louisville, KY where I also received my undergraduate degree in biology from Bellarmine University. Past research experiences have included genetic studies of giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida), as well as physiological studies of the ventral eversible gland of the velvet bean caterpillar (Anticarsia gemmatalis). I am now switching gears to study soil biodiversity as a graduate student in Diana Wall's lab. My research will focus on nematode diversity in soil samples from the Konza Prairie LTER.
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Shinbrot, Xoco
xshinbr1@jhu.edu
PhD Started in Fall 2014
Advisor: Kelly Jones
Born in Canada, but a native Californian, I received my undergraduate degree in Environment and International Development from McGill University and Masters of Science in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University. My past research has included a longitudinal study of the socio-economic impacts of a carbon offset project in rural Panama, an ecological assessment of changing water levels on invertebrate communities in Ireland, and an assessment of the impact of off-road vehicles and beach grooming on the ecology of Southern Californian beaches. Following graduation from Johns Hopkins University, I worked for World Wildlife Fund analyzing the social, environmental, and economic risks to investing and sourcing agricultural commodities internationally. I then worked for the non-profit Beyond Pesticides to reduce the use of contaminants, encouraging the use of organic practices. For my PhD I will be working under Professor Gillian Bowser to assist in an ongoing project looking at the impacts of cattle ranching in highland Peru on downstream people and ecosystems. I intend to expand on my previous work examining the efficacy of payment for ecosystem services, its ecological and socio-economic impact and their role for women in Latin America.
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Shores, Mandy
mandyrose_sjsu@yahoo.com
PhD Started in Fall 2012
Advisor: Melinda Laituri
I am a new MS student working with Dr. Melinda Laituri and Dr. David Merritt. I come from San Jose and received a BS from San Jose State University in ecology and botany. I moved to North Carolina to pursue a degree in molecular biology at UNC, Chapel Hill. After receiving the NSF graduate research fellowship I decided to return to my ecology roots. In the past I have conducted biodiversity assessments and help restore native island flora. At CSU, I will be studying wetland ecology and restoration.
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Slette, Ingrid
ingrid.slette@gmail.com
PhD Started in Fall 2014
Advisor: Alan Knapp
I am a new graduate student joining Alan Knappâ??s lab. For my PhD, I plan to study how grasslands respond to various interacting aspects of climate change. I am particularly interested in belowground responses and in changes in carbon cycling through this ecosystem. I received my B.S. in Biology from Hope College in 2012. After graduating, I worked as a research associate at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and then at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. My research has taken me from the tropics to the arctic, ranging from microbiology to ecosystem ecology. I am very excited to move to Fort Collins, and I look forward to exploring Colorado!

Smith, Brittany
bsmith6@colostate.edu
MS Started in Fall 2016
Advisor: Paul Ode
I am excited to be part of the Paul Ode lab and BSPM department at CSU. Having recently graduated from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) with a BS in Biology: Ecology and Evolution I have been exploring my love of science and ability to surround myself with nature for as long as I can remember. With brief work looking at both fungal colonization and root chemical components in Porter�s Lovage at UCCS. I look forward to studying how elevation gradient and (possibly) climate change affects furanocoumarin concentrations, species interactions, and phenology within the Cow parsnip (Heracleum lanatum) and Copidosoma sosares parasitoid natural enemy system. While you may see, me shuffling the halls of Plant Science harboring a stack of papers, or carrying an obtrusive back-pack feel free to say �hi� as I love learning anything from parasitoids to pollination. I look forward to my time here at CSU and am excited to apply some perspectives I�ve learned from the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory and my undergrad. with new insights from my peers and colleagues to perpetuate a successful project and career in Ecology.
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Spear, Shelley
slspear@rams.colostate.edu
PhD Started in Fall 2017
Advisor: Lise Aubry
I am a PhD student working with Dr. Lise Aubry in the Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology Department. I recently finished my MS in Ecology at CSU, working with Dr. Cameron Aldridge in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability (ESS) and the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL). My emphasis for that project was looking at fine scale, local habitat and environmental factors influencing breeding bird abundance, density, and habitat selection by white-tailed ptarmigan in the alpine of Colorado. My current research will focus on the dynamics, interactions and conflicts between black bears and humans in New Jersey. Originally from Texas, I came to Colorado to pursue a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University, and graduated in 2011. I have been lucky to have a variety of careers outside of the field of wildlife in law, finance, oil and gas, and environmental positions. However, my love for wildlife and ecology kept calling me back! I have had the opportunity to work on analyzing data for urban bear research, participating in black bear den work in Aspen, working on boreal toad surveys, small mammal mark-recapture analyses via live trapping, bird point-counts, elk counts, and collecting stream and precipitation samples for the Loch Vale Watershed long-term ecological research program in Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Steger, Cara
cara.steger@gmail.com
PhD Started in Fall 2015
Advisor: Julia Klein
I am an incoming PhD student working with Julia Klein and Paul Evangelista. My work draws of theories of complexity science to engage at the intersection of human and physical ecology. For my dissertation, I will use participatory modeling approaches to study natural resource use in the southern highlands of Ethiopia. After my B.S. in Forest Science (University of Illinois), I served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal. I then received my Master's degree from the University of Michigan, with a thesis that tested the reliability of data produced by tourists as citizen scientists in Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve. Since then I have been working as a modeler on Great Lakes issues (e.g. harmful algal blooms, invasive mussels) at the University's Water Center. I enjoy traveling, hiking, sewing and painting, and I am thrilled to be moving out west!
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Suetlenfuss, Jeremy
jsueltenfuss@gmail.com
PhD Started in Fall 2015
Advisor: David Cooper
After completing graduate research on the interactions of irrigated agriculture and wetlands in northern Colorado, I worked as an ecologist for the Colorado Natural Heritage Program. I was involved in a number of projects ranging from wetland mapping, wetland and watershed restoration, and restoration prioritization following the High Park Fire. I am generally interested in the functioning of ecosystems in human dominated landscapes, and elevating the role of ecological restoration into a data driven and scientific process to recreate healthy and functional systems in todayâ??s landscape.
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Tack, Jason
jtack@usgs.gov
PhD Started in Fall 2011
Advisor: Barry Noon
My background is in the spatial analysis of threats to wildlife in sagebrush-dominated landscapes in the North American West. Specifically, I’m interested in understanding how wildlife populations respond to anthropogenic stressors such as energy development. Currently, I am co-advised by Drs. Brad Fedy and Barry Noon, working on a project to develop habitat-based planning tools to prioritize golden eagle conservation across the western US. I received my undergraduate and master’s degree in wildlife biology from the University of Montana. My hobbies include hunting, dogs, all things angling, biking, and gardening.
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Taleb, Hamza
HAMZATALEB1978@YAHOO.COM
PhD Started in Spring 2014
Advisor: Melinda Laituri
I am a new student in the PhD program working with Melinda Laituri in the GDPE department. I received my B.S. in Geology from Aljabal Algharbi University, Libya in 2000, and after graduating, I worked for three years as a teacher assistant in the same faculty. I have a Master of Environmental Science from Libyan Academy, which I obtained in December 2006. My research and work concentrated on the area of using Geographical Information Systems in Following Sand Dune Encroachment in Libya. For my PhD, I will focus on Colorado headwater issues that are being effected by the climate change, and using GIS to deal with this problems.
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Torrens, Christa
torrens_c@yahoo.com
PhD Started in Fall 2014
Advisor: Mike Gooseff
Christa Torrens is a PhD student working with Michael Gooseff to explore the effects of permafrost degradation on freshwater ecology in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica. She has an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, where she studied freshwater hydroecology. Originally from western New York state, she has lived in most regions of the US and has traveled widely for school, work and just for fun. She has worked in stream systems in the Midwest and West, and looks forward to this new adventure. When not working or studying, Christa enjoys dancing, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, skiing, cooking, reading and creative writing.
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Tuttle, Graham
gmtuttle@lamar.colostate.edu
PhD Started in Spring 2011
Advisor: Andrew Norton
I am a new Ph.D. student working with Dr. Andrew Norton on a study of the impacts of Russian olive on vegetation community structure and soil nitrogen levels. I am interested in better understanding the magnitude and environmental context of this invasive tree. After graduating from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in May 2007, I have held a variety of temporary positions around the country, including: working for the SCA and Forest Service in Leavenworth, WA; substitute teaching in Portland, ME and Beulah, MI; and working for the Audubon Society in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.
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Van Lanen, Nick
nick.vanlanen@birdconservancy.org
PhD Started in Fall 2016
Advisor: Cameron Aldridge
A Wisconsin native, I graduated with a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002. Since 2001, I have worked on avian research projects in seven U.S. states spanning a variety of topics including breeding, stop-over, migratory, and wintering population status and behavior of songbirds, raptors, and gamebirds. In addition, I spent eighteen months as an interpretive naturalist on the Georgia coast. I returned to school in 2008 and in the spring of 2010 received a M.S. from Colorado State University for research investigating the potential competitive interaction between Northern Spotted and Barred Owls. After graduate school I started working for the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies as a full-time Biologist where I continue to work today. My Biologist duties at the Bird Conservancy include program development, conservation delivery, data analyses, and reporting while I oversee avian monitoring efforts throughout Wyoming and in Idaho for the Bird Conservancy. I joined the Aldridge lab in the fall of 2016 with the hope of obtaining a PhD in Ecology while exploring bird-habitat relationships for avian species occurring in the pinyon/juniper and sagebrush ecotone. Through this effort, I hope to develop a landscape-scale management plan to maximize both sagebrush-obligate and pinyon/juniper-associated species throughout the range of the Greater Sage-grouse. In my free time, I enjoy most outdoor activities including, but not limited to, cross-country skiing, fly-fishing, backpacking, hiking, and gardening. In addition, I enjoy cooking, brewing beer, and playing guitar poorly.
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Vyas, Dhaval
dvyas4@rams.colostate.edu
PhD Started in Fall 2014
Advisor: Paul Ode
I am a new PhD student working with Paul Ode on a project exploring parasitic wasps and the biological control of a pest caterpillar. My research will utilize laboratory and field experiments to examine competitive exclusion between two species of parasitic wasps. I am originally from Maryland, but I have lived in Georgia since 2006. I have a BA in Animal Behavior from Bucknell University and an MS in Biology from Georgia Southern University. Field research projects on primates, rhinoceros and elephants have taken me to the wilds of Puerto Rico, South Africa, Tanzania and Thailand. I am eager to transfer my experiences from studies on mammals to the world of insects. Outside of academics, I have worked as a zookeeper, environmental planner and animal behaviorist. Personal interests include dog training, backpacking, birding, wildlife photography and competitive eating.
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Wann, Greg
gtw248@gmail.com
PhD Started in Spring 2012
Advisor: Cameron Aldridge
My work focuses on population ecology of birds. In 2012 I completed my master's degree with Cam Aldridge and Tom Hobbs co-advising on a project analyzing long-term demographic data for white-tailed ptarmigan. I will continue working with ptarmigan for my PhD and plan to focus my research on breeding phenology and population modeling.
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Warrier, Rekha
reka.warrier@gmail.com
PhD Started in Fall 2013
Advisor: Barry Noon
I am a PhD student in Dr Barry Noonâ??s lab. While my primary training has been in Veterinary medicine, following the completion of my masters degree in wildlife biology I have been involved in ecology projects dealing with organisms as varied as centipedes and birds. Most recently I was engaged with WWF-India in a project addressing the landscape ecology of large mammals in the Indian terai. Ever since I have been fascinated by the conservation challenges associated with protected areas embedded within agricultural landscapes. Besides ecology my other interests include birding, reading, hiking and traveling.

Weinmann, Tim
timweinm@rams.colostate.edu
MS Started in Fall 2017
Advisor: Jill Baron
I was born and raised in Fort Collins. I met my wife Jordan in Austin, TX, and in 2008 we got married in Seattle, WA. Our son Henry arrived in 2010, and in 2013 I received my AS in biology from North Seattle Community College. We then moved back to Fort Collins and had our daughter Allie. I graduated in 2017 from CSU as an ESS/Watershed Science major.
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Wilkins, Kate
kate.wilkins529@gmail.com
PhD Started in Spring 2013
Advisor: Liba Pejchar-Goldstein
I am a PhD student with Dr. Liba Pejchar in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. I received a B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Texas in Austin in 2008, and a Master's in Ecology from Colorado State University in 2012. My passion for working with people and nature has shaped my interest in researching human interactions with wildlife, and the ecological impacts associated with species reintroductions. My dissertation will focus on changes in Colorado bird and mammal communities, and human visitor use patterns in response to the reintroduction of North American plains bison (Bison bison) to the Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, about 30 miles North of Fort Collins. My ultimate goal involves using my experience and knowledge to teach conservation science and participate in public outreach at the college level.
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Wion, Andreas
wion@mail.colostate.edu
MS Started in Fall 2017
Advisor: Miranda Redmond
Originally from Colorado Springs, CO- I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado Boulder where I studied Anthropology and Ecology. I've worked as a botanist for the Fishlake National Forest in Utah, as well as an archaeologist in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming. I returned to CO in 2017 to study forest ecology under Dr. Miranda Redmond. My current research examines the relationship between environmental stress gradients and seed cone production in two needle pinyon (Pinus edulis) across western CO and New Mexico.
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Wolff, Brian
wolffba@gmail.com
PhD Started in Fall 2014
Advisor: Will Clements
I am a Ph.D. student working with Dr. William Clements in the Aquatic Ecotoxicology Laboratory. I have graduated with a B.Sc. and M.Sc. at Colorado State University in Wildlife Biology and Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, respectively. Most of my previous experience has been in fisheries biology. However, I have discovered a passion for understanding how contaminates affect aquatic communities and their ecosystems. I will be focusing on a project evaluating habitat restoration effectiveness on brown trout and aquatic invertebrate communities from the Upper Arkansas River, near Leadville, Colorado. I am also interested in the evolutionary consequences of heavy metals exposure to aquatic invertebrate communities in a variety of environmental contexts.
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Zimmerman, Shawna
shawna.j.zimmerman@gmail.com
MS Started in Spring 2013
Advisor: Cameron Aldridge
I am a masterâ??s student working under Dr. Cameron Aldridge (CSU/USGS) and Dr. Sara Oyler-McCance (USGS). Originally hailing from the Pacific Northwest, I studied biology and botany at Boise State University in Idaho earning a bachelorâ??s degree. After graduation, I took a detour into the world of horticulture and crop development before finding my true career calling upon working a field job for an ecologist at the Bureau of Land Management in Boise, ID. I have since landed in Colorado and chosen to pursue an advanced degree in ecology. My research will involve looking at critical habitat parameters for all life stages of Gunnison sage grouse as well as the connectivity of the groups within the grouse population in the aims of producing tools for use in management.