Cynthia (Cini) Brown

Last name: 
Brown
GBC Committee Role: 
Executive Committee

I attended graduate school at University of California, Davis, where I studied the restoration of California’s native prairies on roadsides after construction. The objectives of my research included designing communities that would minimize competition among their members, while maximizing resistance to invasion through complementary patterns of resource use. I conducted postdoctoral research at University of Minnesota, where I focused on mechanisms of invasion into tallgrass prairie. I came to Colorado State University in July of 2002. I have continued to study biological invasions and restoration ecology and am developing expertise in sustainability science.

Title/Role: 
Associate Professor
Phone: 
(970) 491-1949
Research Interests (General): 
Research Interests (Specific): 
I am interested in the mechanisms that control the coexistence of plants and the effects of species diversity and plant community composition on ecosystem characteristics such as productivity, resource abundance, and invasibility. My past work on community assembly and restoration ecology reflects this interest. My lab’s current research includes studies of invasive plant seed dispersal, plant invasions and restoration in prairie, steppe and montane systems, and the effects of global environmental change on plant invasions. We strive to conduct research that tests ecological theory while addressing practical conservation and management issues.
Research Projects: 
Project Title: 
Post-fire Plant Invasions at Rocky Mountain National Park
Project Location: 
United States
Project Location Coordinates: 
Latitude 40 22 35.826, Longitude -105 40 35.759
Project Location Details: 
Colorado, US
Study Species: 
Plant
Project Description: 
Photo caption: Northernmost part of Fern Lake Fire, Rocky Mountain National Park, post-fire June 26, 2013 (Photo: Amanda West).
Project Title: 
Roadside Restoration in Rocky Mountain National Park
Project Location: 
United States
Project Location Coordinates: 
Latitude: 40.31196, Longitude:-105.64581
Project Location Details: 
Colorado, US
Study Species: 
Plant
Project Description: 
Photo caption: Growth of Elymus species hydro-seeded in Fall of 2012. Elymus canadensis and Elymus elymoides make up nearly 50% of the seed mix used to restore these roadsides. (Photo: Lindsay Ringer)
Project Title: 
Manipulation of Soil Water and Nitrogen Availability to Favor Restoration Species over Bromus tectorum in Semi-Arid Climates
Project Location: 
United States
Project Location Coordinates: 
Latitude: 38.05696, Longitude: -108.49986
Project Location Details: 
Colorado, US
Study Species: 
Plant