Jim Barborak


Jim Barborak is Co-Director of the Center for Protected Area Management at Colorado State University, where he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental history, policy, planning and management, and organizes and teaches in short courses for conservation practitioners from around the world. Before coming to CSU, Barborak worked most of his career for international conservation NGOs in Latin America including Conservation International, the Wildlife Conservation Society, WWF and IUCN, as a consultant for bilateral and international aid and conservation agencies, and teaching in a number of universities. His B.S. and M.S. are from The Ohio State University and he also studied at the Yale School of Forestry. His areas of interest include conservation capacity building; planning and management of protected areas, conservation corridors and buffer zones; conservation finance; ecotourism; protection and valuation of environmental services; watershed management; conservation governance; the role of protected areas in climate change education, mitigation and adaptation; and wildlife conservation and management. He has over 35 years of experience in almost every country of Central and South America, as well as in Africa and Asia.


Wyman, M., Barborak, J.R., Inamdar, D., and Stein, T. 2011. Best Practices for Tourism Concessions in Protected Areas: A Review of the Field. Forests 2011, 2, 913-928.

Inamdar, N., T. Farrell, R. Mittermeier, C. Hutchinson, J.R. Barborak, S. Matus, A. Aggens and E. Williamson. Into the Wild: Ecotourism and Recreational Values. Pp. 263-274 in: J. McNeely, R. Mittermeier, T. Brooks, F. Boltz and N. Ash, eds., 2009. The Wealth of Nature: Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity, and Human Well-being. Arlington, VA: ILCP.

Arias-Castillo, E.; Chacón-Chavarría, O.; Induni-Alfaro, G.; Herrera-Fernández, B.; Acevedo-Mairena, H.; Corrales, L.; Barborak, J. R; Coto, M.; Cubero, J.; Paaby-Hansen, P.. 2008. Identificación de vacíos en la representatividad de ecosistemas terrestres en el Sistema Nacional de Áreas Protegidas de Costa Rica [Gap identification in terrestrial ecosystem representation within the Costa Rican National System of Protected Areas] En: Recursos Naturales y Ambiente (ISSN 1659-1216), no. 54, p. 21-27.

G. Wallace, J. R. Barborak and C MacFarland. 2005. Land use planning and regulation in and around protected areas: a study of legal frameworks, best practices and capacity building needs in Mexico and Central America. Natureza & Conservação, Vol. 3, No. 2. October 2005, Pp. 147-167.

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Gillian Bowser


Dr. Gillian Bowser is a research scientist for the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University. Her research interests include the intersections of ecology and society with particularly interest in human communities and their perceptions of change to ecosystem services such as water. Dr. Bowser is currently conducting research in Brazil and Peru; she is in the preliminary stages of a new research project, working with Dr. David Swift and graduate student Kate Wilkens, on a series of high-altitude wetlands in Peru that provide a key resource for a small population of alpine shepherds.

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José Luis Chávez


Dr. José Luis Chávez is an Associate Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Colorado State University. Dr. Chávez is an Irrigation Specialist with expertise in estimating crop consumptive water use or evapotranspiration using multispectral remote sensing. His research interests include mapping/modeling spatially distributed crop water use, crop water management, irrigation scheduling, and precision irrigation. Dr. Chávez was part of a team that worked in the irrigated areas mapping project - Irrigation Systems Management Studies in the Dominican Republic during the summer of 2001. He collaborates with national researchers (e.g., USDA ARS) and international (e.g., Chile, Spain, Pakistan) as well.

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David Cooper


Dr. David Cooper is a senior research scientist and professor in the department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University. He works on ecosystems characterized by a perennial, seasonal or periodic abundance of water. He also has interested in the hydrology of wetlands and riparian ecosystems. Dr. Cooper has had former research projects stretching from Cajamarca, Peru, down to Tierra del Fuego, Chile. His work in South America was focused on alpine peatlands, vegetation dynamics, effects of river regulation on riparian communities, and wetland restoration. His current study sites range from the wettest to the driest climate regions, from the arctic to the tropics, from lowland to mountaintops, and wilderness to urban landscapes. His research projects address theoretical issues in ecology and hydrology, as well as applied problems in land and water management and restoration.


Cooper, D.J., K. Kaczynski, D. Slayback, K. Yager. In review. Growth, production, and short-term peat accumulation in Distichia muscoides dominated peatlands, Bolivia, South America. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research.

Cooper, D. J., Wolf, E. C., Colson, C., Vering, W., Granda, A., & Meyer, M. (2010). Alpine peatlands of the Andes, Cajamarca, Peru. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 19-33.

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Tim Covino


Dr. Tim Covino is an assistant professor in the department of Watershed Science at Colorado State University. He is motivated by the study of watershed hydrology and biogeochemistry, and his research focuses on how the transport of water and elements across landscapes and through river networks influences water quantity and quality (composition) across space and time. This includes how the physical template directs or organizes ecological processes and patterns at watershed to regional scales. In addition to this, Dr. Covino is interested in the patterns of feedbacks between climate variability, hydrological and biogeochemical dynamics, and environmental change. Currently, he is conducting projects in Colombia on water resource and hydrology challenges facing primarily rural populations.


Avery, W. A., Riveros-Iregui, D. A., Covino, T. P., & Peña, C. (2013, December). Land Use Change and Hydrologic Processes in High-Elevation Tropical Watersheds of the Northern Andes. In AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts (Vol. 1, p. 1296).

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Chris Fisher


Dr. Chris Fisher is an associate professor of Anthropology at Colorado State University. His research is focused on unraveling the complex relationship that links humans to their past and present environments. This focus of anthropological archaeology is often called landscape archaeology or human ecodynamics. In the past decade attention drawn to global warming has created an immediacy to modern environmental problems, such as water availability, many of which have antecedents and parallels in the deep past. Ancient societies faced many of the same environmental problems we are confronting today and constructed both successful and disastrous responses. By studying this record of landscape change, which can be reconstructed through both earth science and archaeological techniques, Prehistory can inform modern-based conceptions of land degradation, sustainability, development, and human and natural ecological change. Dr. Fisher has active research projects in two areas of Mesoamerica including the Malpaso Valley, Zacatecas, and the Lake Patzcuaro Basin, Michoacan.


Elliott, M., Fisher C.T., Nelson B., Molina-Garza, R., Collins, S., Pearsall, D. (2010). Environmental Signals Of Early Farming And Desertification In Arid Northern Mexico. Quaternary Research.

Israde-Alcántara, I., Garduño-Monroy, V. H., Fisher, C. T., Pollard, H. P., & Rodríguez-Pascua, M. A. (2005). Lake level change, climate, and the impact of natural events: the role of seismic and volcanic events in the formation of the Lake Patzcuaro Basin, Michoacan, Mexico. Quaternary International, 135(1), 35-46.

Fisher, C. T., Pollard, H. P., Israde-Alcántara, I., Garduño-Monroy, V. H., & Banerjee, S. K. (2003). A reexamination of human-induced environmental change within the Lake Patzcuaro Basin, Michoacan, Mexico. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 100(8), 4957-4962.

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W. Chris Funk


Dr. W. Chris Funk is an associate professor in the department of Biology at Colorado State University. His current research is at the interface of evolution, ecology, genomics, and conservation. In the most general sense, he investigates the evolutionary and ecological mechanisms that generate and maintain biodiversity by combining population genomics, experimental manipulations, and field studies. In the past, Dr. Funk has investigated the consequences of climate change for biodiversity and species’ sensitivity to warming and variable stream discharge in Papallacta, Ecuador. Dr. Funk applies his population genetics and genomic tools to address biodiversity conservation issues. Currently, he is working with Dr. LeRoy Poff on an ongoing collaborative project in Ecuador on how altitude structures stream communities in the tropics.


Pilliod, D. S., Arkle, R. S., Robertson, J. M., Murphy, M. A., & Funk, W. C. (2015). Effects of changing climate on aquatic habitat and connectivity for remnant populations of a wide‐ranging frog species in an arid landscape.Ecology and evolution, 5(18), 3979-3994.

Fitzpatrick, S. W., Gerberich, J. C., Kronenberger, J. A., Angeloni, L. M., & Funk, W. C. (2015). Locally adapted traits maintained in the face of high gene flow. Ecology letters, 18(1), 37-47.

Fitzpatrick, S. W., Torres-Dowdall, J., Reznick, D. N., Ghalambor, C. K., & Funk, W. C. (2014). Parallelism Isn’t Perfect: Could Disease and Flooding Drive a Life-History Anomaly in Trinidadian Guppies?. The American Naturalist, 183(2), 290-300.

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Michael Gavin


Dr. Michael Gavin is an associate professor in the department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University, where he teaches graduate courses in the Conservation Leadership through Learning Masters Program and undergraduate courses in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. He is also a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. With his lab, he focuses on biocultural approaches to conservation and the geography & evolution of cultural diversity. He has previously studied the impacts of agricultural intensification on water depending avian species in the forests of Gran Chaco, Argentina. Currently he is focusing on the issues related to indigenous resources management, traditional ecological knowledge, conservation management, and sustainable development. His research is being conducting globally.


Mastrangelo, M. E., & Gavin, M. C. (2014). Impacts of agricultural intensification on avian richness at multiple scales in Dry Chaco forests. Biological Conservation, 179, 63-71.

Mastrangelo, M. E., Gavin, M. C., Laterra, P., Linklater, W. L., & Milfont, T. L. (2014). Psycho‐Social Factors Influencing Forest Conservation Intentions on the Agricultural Frontier. Conservation Letters, 7(2), 103-110.

Mastrangelo, M. E., & Gavin, M. C. (2012). Trade‐Offs between Cattle Production and Bird Conservation in an Agricultural Frontier of the Gran Chaco of Argentina. Conservation Biology, 26(6), 1040-1051.

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Josh Goldstein


Dr. Josh Goldstein works in the fields of ecosystem services, conservation finance, and ecological economics exploring novel pathways to align economic forces with conservation. His research addresses the question of how to strategically invest in conserving biodiversity and supplying ecosystem services (the benefits provided by ecosystems that support human well-being) from both private and public lands.

Dr. Goldstein, a former Assistant Professor at Colorado State University, is also a collaborator on the Natural Capital Project, a partnership between Stanford University, The Nature Conservancy, and World Wildlife Fund.


Huber-Stearns, H. R., Goldstein, J. H., & Duke, E. A. (2013). Intermediary roles and payments for ecosystem services: A typology and program feasibility application in Panama. Ecosystem Services, 6, 104-116.

Goldstein, J. H., Caldarone, G., Duarte, T. K., Ennaanay, D., Hannahs, N., Mendoza, G., ... & Daily, G. C. (2012). Integrating ecosystem-service tradeoffs into land-use decisions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109(19), 7565-7570.

Huang, X., & Niemann, J. D. (2014). Simulating the impacts of small convective storms and channel transmission losses on gully evolution. Reviews in Engineering Geology, 22, 131-145.


Duke, E.A., Goldstein, J.H., Finchum, R., Huber-Stearns, H., Pitty, J., Rodriguez, G.B., and Sanchez, L.O. (2011) “Designing a pro-poor payment for ecosystem services program in western Panama.” Colorado Conference on Earth System Governance: Crossing Boundaries & Building Bridges. FortCollins, CO.

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Ed Hall


Dr. Ed Hall is an ecosystem and microbial ecologist working in aquatic ecosystems and at the aquatic/terrestrial interface for the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University. At the broadest level, Dr. Hall’s research attempts to use the rapidly accumulating wealth of information on environmental microbial form and function to enhance our understanding of fundamental ecosystem processes. Microbial processes have important influences on all biogeochemical cycles in all ecosystems. A major challenge in ecosystem science is to integrate the wealth of new information on environmental microbiology into a meaningful framework that provides new insight into how organic matter and inorganic contaminants are processed within a watershed. To address this, Dr. Hall uses a combination of theoretical, experimental, and observational studies. He evaluates the relationships between microbial physiology and geochemical processes using lake surveys, experimental microcosms (1L) and mesocosms (10,000L), flow-through bioreactors, and mathematical modeling. In addition to this, Dr. Hall is interested in linking ecological concepts with water resources issues in tropical ecosystems. He has worked in a diverse set of globally distributed watersheds (Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the Mid-West and Western U.S.) including tropical, alpine and boreal environments. His current work includes a research site at Lake Yojoa in Honduras, where he is studying how human stressors are affecting the lake and how it provides services to sustain local livelihoods.


Hall, E.K. (2015). Lake Yojoa, Honduras: The changing state of a large tropical lake during 30 years of human caused stress, ESA Baltimore, MA.

Hall, E.K. (2014). The interactive effect of multiple stressors on the Lake Yojoa ecosystem (Honduras CA) and the potential impact on the livelihoods it sustains Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting (JASM) Portland, OR.

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Adrian Howkins


Dr. Adrian Howkins is an associate professor in the department of History at Colorado State University. His research places emphasis on global environmental history with a focus on post-colonization of Latin America and independence movements. His publications have examined these Latin American interests in the Antarctic Peninsula region. In the past, Adrian has conducted historical research all over the world, notably in Argentina and Chile.

Dr. Howkins recently accepted a teaching position for Semester at Sea starting Fall 2016. He is also a faculty council member of the Public Lands History Center at Colorado State University.


Howkins, A. (2011). Melting empires? Climate change and politics in Antarctica since the International Geophysical Year. Osiris, 26(1), 180-197.

Howkins, A. (2008). Frozen Empires: A History of the Antarctic Sovereignty Dispute Between Britain, Argentina, and Chile, 1939--1959. ProQuest.

Howkins, A. (2006). Icy relations: the emergence of South American Antarctica during the Second World War. Polar Record, 42(02), 153-165.

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Kate Huyvaert


Dr. Kate Huyvaert is a faculty member in the department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University. Her research involves population, and individual-level problems in ecology, and her primary research focus is in wildlife disease ecology. With her lab staff, she applies both field and laboratory techniques to questions about pathogens and parasites that affect host populations of wild animals, especially in birds. Dr. Huyvaert is also interested in behavioral ecology and the conservation of endangered species, especially seabirds. She has studied disease and behavior in various birds around the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador, including but limited to the Waved Albatross and Swallow-tailed Gull.


Jiménez-Uzcátegui, G., Sarzosa, M. S., Encalada, E., Sevilla, C., & Huyvaert, K. P. (2015). Gastrointestinal Parasites in the Waved Albatross (Phoebastria irrorata) of Galápagos. Journal of wildlife diseases.

Cruz, S. M., Hooten, M., Huyvaert, K. P., Proaño, C. B., Anderson, D. J., Afanasyev, V., & Wikelski, M. (2013). At–sea behavior varies with lunar phase in a nocturnal pelagic seabird, the swallow-tailed gull. PloS one, 8(2), e56889. View Here

Padilla, L. R., Whiteman, N. K., Merkel, J., Huyvaert, K. P., & Parker, P. G. (2006). Health assessment of seabirds on Isla Genovesa, Galápagos Islands. Ornithological monographs, 86-97.

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Kelly Jones


Dr. Kelly Jones is an assistant professor of ecological economics in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources department at Colorado State University. Her research and teaching focus on the effectiveness of conservation programs and policies and connections between nature and human wellbeing (i.e., ecosystem services).

Dr. Jones’ research includes estimating the social, economic, and ecosystem service outcomes from payment programs in Veracruz State, Mexico. Specifically, she is focusing on evaluating program design preferences for producers and beneficiaries of watershed services. This research project is titled: Integrated ecological-socioeconomic modeling of payments for ecosystem services impacts on watershed services in Mexico.

Publications (former name was K.J. Wendland):

Asbjornsen, H., A. Mayer, K. Jones, T. Selfa, L. Saenz, R. Kolka, K. Halvorsen. In press. Assessing impacts of payments for watershed service on sustainability in coupled natural-human systems. Bioscience.

Gallardo, M.V.I., J. Helsley, J. Ammon, S. Pinel, F.V.L. Rodriquez, and K.J. Wendland. 2013. Collaborative community-based governance in a transboundary wetland system in the Ecuadorian Andes: opportunities and challenges at a proposed Ramsar Site. Mountain Research and Development 33(3): 269-279.

Wendland, K.J., L. Naughton, L. Suarez, Suyanto. 2010. Rewards for Ecosystem Services and Collective Land Tenure: Lessons from Ecuador and Indonesia. Mountain Forum Bulletin X(1): 19-22.

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Kris Kodrich


Dr. Kris Kodrich is an associate professor in the department of Journalism and Media Communication at Colorado State University. He teaches various communication related courses at CSU and has published in numerous scholarly articles. Particularly, He is the author of a book about Nicaraguan journalism and has published articles about journalism for Columbia Journalism Review. He has also been a Fulbright Fellow in both Spain and Chile.


Kodrich, K. (2008). The Media in Latin America. The International Journal of Press/Politics.

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John Labadie


Dr. John Labadie is currently Coordinator of the Water Resources Planning and Management Program in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He specializes in the application of decision support systems, mathematical programming, knowledge-based systems, artificial intelligence, and geographic information systems to complex problems in water resources and environmental management. Dr. Labadie has diverse international research experience including the development of a decision support system for water management in Portugal, and the development of optimal normal operational strategies for the Valdesia Reservoir System.

Dr. Labadie is the developer of the MODSIM River Basin Management Decision Support System, which is currently being applied by numerous public and private organizations in the U.S. and abroad.


Coelho, A. C., Labadie, J. W., & Fontane, D. G. (2012). Multicriteria decision support system for regionalization of integrated water resources management. Water resources management, 26(5), 1325-1346.

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Melinda Laituri


Dr. Melinda Laituri is an associate professor in the department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability at Colorado State University. Her research interests are diverse; she has worked with indigenous peoples throughout the world on issues related to natural resource management, disaster adaptation, and water resource issues using geographic information systems (GIS) that utilize cultural and eco-physical data in research models. A key focus of hers is participatory GIS where indigenous peoples develop spatial information and maps essential for their management of their own resources. She also focuses on the role of the Internet and geospatial technologies of disaster management and cross-cultural environmental histories of river basin management.

Dr. Laituri is the Director of the Geospatial Centroid at Colorado State University that provides inforamation about GIS activities, education, and outreach at CSU and in Colorado.


Sternlieb, F., & Laituri, M. (2015). Spatializing agricultural water governance data in polycentric regimes. Water Alternatives, 8(2), 36-56.

Laituri, M. J. (2000). Cultural perspectives of flooding. Inland flood hazards: Human, riparian, and aquatic communities. Cambridge University Press, New York, 451-468.

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Michael Lefsky


Dr. Michael Lefsky, an assistant professor in the department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship. He is an expert in ecosystem dynamics using remote sensing techniques, with a focus on LIDAR. Dr. Lefsky’s current research projects involve space borne missions for forestry and ecosystem structure deviation. Dr. Lefsky as completed previous research on biomass accumulation in Amazonian river basins using remote sensing; he was able to determine spatially explicit estimates of forest biomass in the Amazon River Basin using MODIS and the Geoscience Laser Altimeter System.


Lefsky, M. A. (2010). A global forest canopy height map from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer and the Geoscience Laser Altimeter System. Geophysical Research Letters, 37(15).

Helmer, E. H., & Lefsky, M. A. (2006). Forest canopy heights in Amazon River basin forests as estimated with the Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (GLAS).

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Stephen Mumme


Dr. Stephen Mumme is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Colorado State University. His work is largely institutional and legal in nature and spans from Tijuana, Mexico to Matamoros, Mexico. Stephen has an interest in water and boundary management along the Mexico-Guatemala border and elsewhere in Central and South America. His recent work has been centered on water and environmental management along the United States-Mexico border, focusing on the politics and domestic governance that shapes political and diplomatic outcomes in bilateral controversies over water, territory, and natural resources. For example, Dr. Mumme is currently concentrating on the legal challenge of international desalination as a water augmentation strategy on the Colorado River and along the United States-Mexico border.

Dr. Mumme is the former president of the Rocky Mountain Council on Latin American Studies and also teaches a graduate course, The Politics of Transboundary Rivers (POLS 682), at Colorado State University.


Mumme, S., & Taylor, P. L. (2014). The Ocotillo Water War and the US-Mexico 'Salinity Crisis': An Examination of Transitivity and Scale in Environmental Justice. Journal of the Southwest, 56(1), 1-28.

Mumme, S. P., Collins, K., & Castro, J. L. (2013). Strengthening Binational Management of the Tijuana River. U. Denv. Water L. Rev., 17, 329.

Mumme, S. P., Ibáñez, O., & Till, S. M. (2012). Multi-level governance of water on the US-Mexico. Regions & Cohesion, 2(2), 6-29.

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Jeffrey Niemann


Dr. Jeffrey Niemann is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. Dr. Niemann's research interests are in hydrology and geomorphology. His research includes analyzing and modeling the interaction of soil moisture and topography, characterizing river network properties, modeling the long-term evolution of river basin morphology, uncertainty estimation in geomorphic models, evaluating evapotranspiration from shallow groundwater, modeling the hydrologic response of urban and natural basins, and assessment of climate change impacts on regional hydrology. He has contributed to several projects to improve the drinking water, irrigation, and wastewater systems for rural communities in Kenya, Gabon, Guatemala, and El Salvador.


Ranney, K. J., Niemann, J. D., Lehman, B. M., Green, T. R., & Jones, A. S. (2015). A method to downscale soil moisture to fine resolutions using topographic, vegetation, and soil data. Advances in Water Resources, 76, 81-96.

Traff, D. C., Niemann, J. D., Middlekauff, S. A., & Lehman, B. M. (2014). Effects of woody vegetation on shallow soil moisture at a semiarid montane catchment. Ecohydrology.

Huang, X., & Niemann, J. D. (2014). Simulating the impacts of small convective storms and channel transmission losses on gully evolution. Reviews in Engineering Geology, 22, 131-145.

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LeRoy Poff


Dr. LeRoy Poff is a professor in the department of Biology and the director of the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at Colorado State Univeristy. His research interests include: conservation and restoration of riverine ecosystems, the hierarchical ecological organization in riverine ecosystems, Influence of hydrology and hydraulics on species interactions and riverine communities, the establishment of environmental flows to support freshwater biodiversity and sustainability, and the responses of riverine ecosystems to environmental alteration, including climate change. Currently, Dr. Poff is working with Dr. Chris Funk on a collaborative project in Ecuador on how altitude structures stream communities in the tropics.


Poff, N. L., Richter, B. D., Arthington, A. H., Bledsoe, B.P., Bunn, S. E., Naiman, R. J., Kendy, E., ... & Warner, A. (2010). The ecological limits of hydrologic alteration (ELOHA): a new framework for developing regional environmental flow standards. Freshwater Biology, 55(1), 147-170.

Poff, N. L., & Zimmerman, J. K. (2010). Ecological responses to altered flow regimes: a literature review to inform the science and management of environmental flows. Freshwater Biology, 55(1), 194-205.

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Jorge A. Ramirez


Dr. Jorge A. Ramirez has been a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University since 1990, with a focus on water resources, hydrologic, and environmental sciences and engineering. Dr. Ramirez has vast international experience in both research and consulting. He has served as a consultant for the hydroelectric power sector of Colombia. His research interests include hydrometeorology, global scale hydrology and climate change, vulnerability analysis, and the interactions between the soil and vegetation as well as between the land surface and atmosphere.


Sherrill, K. R., Laituri, M. J., Helmer, E. H., Ramirez, J. A., Blanco, J. F., Hein, K., & Pike, A. S. (2008). Road and stream network connectivity and potential: northeastern Puerto Rico, an exploratory analysis. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions, 5(4), 1731-1763.

Marin, S., & Ramirez, J. A. (2006). The response of precipitation and surface hydrology to tropical macro‐climate forcing in Colombia. Hydrological processes, 20(17), 3759-3789.

Barton, S. B., & Ramirez, J. A. (2004). Effects of El Niño Southern Oscillation and pacific interdecadal oscillation on water supply in the Columbia River basin. Journal of water resources planning and management, 130(4), 281-289.

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Robin Reid


Dr. Robin Reid is the Director of the Center for Collaborative Conservation, an initiative of Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources. She comes from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya, where she led research, education, and outreach on conservation and development issues in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the western United States. Dr. Reid has also been a senior research scientist at Colorado State's Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory since 2002, and is a faculty member of the department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship. She is a CSU alumnus, having received her PhD in Rangeland Ecosystem Science here in 1992.


Herrero, M., Thornton, P. K., Gerber, P., & Reid, R. S. (2009). Livestock, livelihoods and the environment: understanding the trade-offs. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 1(2), 111-120.

Reid, R. S., Thornton, P. K., McCrabb, G. J., Kruska, R. L., Atieno, F., & Jones, P. G. (2004). Is it possible to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions in pastoral ecosystems of the tropics?. In Tropical Agriculture in Transition—Opportunities for Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions? (pp. 91-109). Springer Netherlands.

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Larry Roesner


Dr. Larry Roesner has more than 40 years of experience in water resources and water quality engineering and management. His area of specialization since 1970 has been urban hydrology and nonpoint source pollution control. He has studied the effects of discharges from proposed ocean outfalls on the receiving waters in Uruguay. He also has similar research experience in Brazil and has offered consulting services to the Catholic University of Chile on urban water management. He is a nationally recognized expert in the development and application of hydrologic, hydraulic, and water quality simulation models. Dr. Roesner currently holds the endowed Harold H. Short Chair of Civil Engineering Infrastructure Systems at Colorado State University.


Roesner, L., Rosenberg, M. S., & Walton, R. (1985, November). Receiving water modeling in support of the design of an ocean outfall. In OCEANS'85-Ocean Engineering and the Environment (pp. 844-855). IEEE.

Gironás, J., Niemann, J. D., Roesner, L. A Rodriguez, F., & Andrieu, H. (2009). Evaluation of methods for representing urban terrain in storm-water modeling. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 15(1), 1-14.

Roesner, L., Rosenberg, M. S., & Walton, R. (1985). Receiving water modeling in support of the design of an ocean outfall. In OCEANS'85-Ocean Engineering and the Environment (pp. 844-855). IEEE.

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Michael Ryan


Dr. Michael Ryan is a research associate for the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University. He is an expert in carbon cycling in forests, with focuses on understanding processes that regulate the productivity, accumulation, decay, and storage of carbon in forests. Dr. Ryan has previously studied the effect of tree species on carbon cycling ecosystem processes at the La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica. He has also studied how these ecosystem processes affect Eucalyptus forests in Brazil. Currently, his primary research interest is in understanding what controls ecosystem metabolism-the exchange of carbon and water between forests and the atmosphere.


Stape, J.L. Binkley, D., Ryan, M.G., Fonseca, S., Loos, R., Takahashi, E.N., Silva C.R., Silva S., Hakamada, R., Ferreira, J.M., Lima A.M., Gava, J.L., Leita, F.P., Silva, G., Andrade, H., and Alves, J.M. (2010). The Brazil Eucalyptus Potential Productivity Project: Influence of water, nutrients and stand uniformity on wood production. Forest Ecology and Management 259:1684-1674.

White, D. A., McGrath, J. F., Ryan, M. G., Battaglia, M., Mendham, D. S., Kinal, J., ... & Hunt, M. E. (2014). Managing for water-use efficient wood production in Eucalyptus globulus plantations. Forest Ecology and Management, 331, 272-280.

Stape, J. L., Binkley, D., & Ryan, M. G. (2008). Production and carbon allocation in a clonal Eucalyptus plantation with water and nutrient manipulations. Forest ecology and Management, 255(3), 920-930.

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Jose D. Salas


Dr. Jose D. Salas is Professor Emeritus of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University (CSU). With diverse research interests, he has conducted research on many topics such as: flood and drought prediction, stochastic modeling and generation of hydrologic processes, long range forecasting of hydrological variables, impacts of climatic variability and change on hydrology and water resources, modeling of streamflow in arid regions, and risk analysis and modeling of hydrologic events under nonstationary conditions. Prior to joining CSU in 1976, Dr. Salas worked for the National Hydraulics Laboratory of Perú, the University of Pittsburgh, the Interamerican Center for Water and Land Development, Venezuela, and the Ministry of Agriculture of Perú. At CSU, he supervised 42 MS and 37 Ph.D. students.

In addition, Dr. Salas has been consultant of national and international organizations and worked in several countries sponsored by UNESCO, FAO, AID, IICA, NATO, and the World Bank. Furthermore, Dr. Salas has participated in a number of research, teaching and consulting activities in countries in Latin America and the Caribbean such as Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Perú, Uruguay, and Venezuela. He is member of the Academies of Engineering of Mexico and Perú and he has written over 250 scientific and technical papers, reports, and books such as “Applied Modeling of Hydrologic Time Series”, Water Resources Publications, Colorado and chapter 19 “Analysis and Modeling of Hydrologic Time Series”, McGraw Hill Handbook of Hydrology, 1993.


Salas, J.D., Fu, C., Cancelliere, A., Dustin, D., Bode, D., Pineda, A., and Vincent, E., 2005, “Characterizing the Severity and Risk of Droughts of the Poudre River, Colorado”, ASCE Jour. of Water Resources Planning and Management, Vol.131 (5), 383-393.

Salas, J.D., Rajagopalan, B., Saito, L., and Brown, C., 2012. “Climate Nonstationarity and Water Resources Management”, Introduction, ASCE Jour. Water Resources Planning & Management, Vol.138, 385-388, September/October.

Salas, J.D. and J. Obeysekera, 2014. “Revisiting the Concepts of Return Period and Risk for Nonstationary Hydrologic Events”, ASCE J. of Hydrol. Engr., 19(3), 554-568, published online April 1, 2013.

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Sybil Sharvelle


Dr. Sybil Sharvelle is an assistant professor in the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering department at Colorado State University. She has research interests in graywater reuse, separation treatment of graywater and blackwater, integrated water and wastewater management, and decentralized wastewater management. She is now leading a project funded by the Water Environment Research Foundation to examine the long-term effects of applying graywater for household landscapes. Dr. Sharvelle is also interested in potential of implementing decentralized and integrated water management as a means of sustainable water development.

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Jason Sibold


Dr. Jason S. Sibold is a faculty member of the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology through the department of Anthropology. He is a geographer with research focused on explaining the natural and anthropogenic drivers of forest ecosystem dynamics and change, with the goal of aiding forest ecosystem management, restoration and conservation. His research is centered in the temperate forest ecosystems of the western U.S. and south-central Chile, and spans spatial scales from forest stands and landscapes to mountain ranges and regions, and temporal scales from interannual to multimillennial. Dr. Sibold uses a combination of dendroecological (tree ring), Geographic Information System (GIS), and spatial analysis techniques for his research. Part of his current research focuses on fire history and regeneration in the rainforests of Chile. This work is being conducted in the Alerce Coastal Reserve and Valdivian Coastal Reserve in the Coastal Range of south-central Chile.


Gonzalez, M. E., Veblen, T. T., & Sibold, J. S. (2010). Influence of fire severity on stand development of Araucaria araucana–Nothofagus pumilio stands in the Andean cordillera of south‐central Chile. Austral Ecology, 35(6), 597-615.

González, M. E., Veblen, T. T., & Sibold, J. S. (2005). Fire history of Araucaria–Nothofagus forests in Villarrica National Park, Chile. Journal of Biogeography, 32(7), 1187-1202.

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Jennifer Solomon


Dr. Jennifer Solomon is an Assistant Professor in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department in the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. Dr. Solomon’s current research focuses on the interface of development, livelihoods and collaborative resource management in communities adjacent to protected areas. She has evaluated integrated conservation and development projects in Latin America and East Africa. She also develops and tests innovative social science research methods for assessing illegal resource use.

Dr. Solomon also teaches an international course in Punta Gorda, Belize titled, Integrated Social and Ecological Field Methods, which combines students in a collaborative education program with Belizean high school students and the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) to provide the first estimates of rates of marine plastic accumulation in southern Belize. This collaborative education program will also gather information on what drives plastic consumption and barriers to behavioral change.

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David Swift


Dr. David Swift is a senior research scientist at Colorado State University through the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory. He is a systems ecologist with specialties in large animal ecology, nutrition, and the dynamics of pastoral systems. In addition to this, he has interests in human ecology and simulation modeling. Dr. Swift is in the preliminary stages of a new research project, working with Dr. Gillian Bowser and graduate student, Kate Wilkens, on a series of high-altitude wetlands in Peru that provide a key resource for a small population of alpine shepherds.

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Pete Taylor


Dr. Pete Taylor is a professor in the department of Sociology at Colorado State University. He specializes in natural resource and environmental sociology and has published extensively on organizational problems of community-based forest management in Mexico, Guatemala and Bolivia. His current research focuses on environmental flow cooperation on the Colorado River in Colorado and on agricultural water issues in the Colorado River Basin. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Society and Natural Resources: An International Journal.


Mumme, S., & Taylor, P. L. (2014). The Ocotillo Water War and the US-Mexico 'Salinity Crisis': An Examination of Transitivity and Scale in Environmental Justice. Journal of the Southwest, 56(1), 1-28.

Taylor, P. L. (2010). Conservation, community, and culture? New organizational challenges of community forest concessions in the Maya Biosphere Reserve of Guatemala. Journal of Rural Studies, 26(2), 173-184.

Taylor, P. L. (2006). Country case study: Forest tenure and poverty in Bolivia. Colorado State University Report prepared for CIFOR.

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Ellen Wohl


Ellen Wohl is a faculty member of the department of Geosciences at Colorado State University. She has previously studied wood dynamics in the headwater neotropical streams of Panama and Costa Rica. Wood dynamics in mountainous headwater streams are intimately connected to carbon cycling, stream metabolism, and river ecosystem productivity, and now several research projects focus on these aspects of mountain streams. Her research continues to evolve, and is currently focused on the effects of beaver dams on carbon cycling and watershed-scale biogeochemistry.


Wohl, E. and F.L. Ogden. (In press). Organic carbon export in the form of wood during an extreme tropical storm, Upper Rio Chagres, Panama. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.

Cadol, D., Wohl, E., Goode, J. R., & Jaeger, K. L. (2009). Wood distribution in neotropical forested headwater streams of La Selva, Costa Rica. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 34(9), 1198-1215.

Wohl, E., & Merritt, D. (2005). Prediction of mountain stream morphology. Water Resources Research, 41(8).

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Doug Yarrington


Dr. Doug Yarrington is an associate professor and chair in the department of History at Colorado State University. His research focuses on corruption, anti-corruption and state formation in Venezuela, in the years 1908-1948. He is interested in the changing relationship between the state and Venezuelan society during the 20th century.

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