CSU Biodiversity Researchers

Researchers from across the CSU community working on issues of biodiversity. Fill out this form to join the list!

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Cameron Aldridge

My lab is involved in research targeted at understanding animal-habitat relationships, with an emphasis on conservation and wildlife ecology. I am interested in addressing the effects of energy development, land-use change, and climate change on conserving wildlife populations, their habitats, and the ecosystems they inhabit. I work across spatial scales, and use statistical and empirical modeling in my research.

Lisa Angeloni

I am broadly interested in behavioral ecology, including the evolution of behavior of fishes, the effects of human disturbance (including anthropogenic noise) on wildlife behavior, and the reproductive ecology of species of conservation concern.

Lise Aubry

I am originally from Southern France and received BS and MSc degrees from the Universite Paul Sabatier in Toulouse. I conducted my dissertation work at the Max Plank Institute for demographic research in Germany, where I studied life history trade-offs and senescence in vertebrates. I then moved to Utah State University to pursue postdoctoral research with a focus on wildlife management and human-wildlife conflicts. I was appointed Assistant Professor in 2015 at Utah State University and expanded my research program to include climate change impacts on wildlife.

Larissa Bailey

As a quantitative ecologist, my research often applies to a wide variety of taxa, and generally focuses on ways of measuring and monitoring biological systems to increase our scientific understanding and improve management decisions. My research involves developing and implementing methods to estimate common state variables used to explore changes in animal communities; namely, population size and species distribution and the vital rates responsible for changes in these state variables.

Meena Balgopal

I have an MS in Entomology from UW-Madison, a PhD in Zoology from North Dakota State University, and was licensed as a 7-12th science teacher. My current area of research is centered on science learning and communication. I moved into science education research while studying biology majors' resolution of misconceptions about evolution.

Edward B. Barbier

Edward B. Barbier is a Professor in the Department of Economics, Colorado State University and a Senior Scholar in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability. His main expertise is natural resources and economic development and the interface between economics and ecology. He has consulted for national, international and non-governmental agencies, including many UN organizations, the World Bank and the OECD. Professor Barbier has published widely in leading academic journals, and is a highly cited scholar on global environmental and sustainability issues.

Joel Berger

I work both as a CSU professor and as a senior scientist for the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society. Most work is 1) thematic – long-distance migration, climate impacts, and novelty in predator-prey relationships in the context of food webs; 2) set in North America, Arctic, Asia, and Africa; and 3) with mammals larger than a bread box.

Cynthia (Cini) Brown

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.

Patrick Byrne

My program is interested in the characterization and utilization of genetic diversity in plants to improve yield, stress tolerance, and quality of crops. At CSU my work focuses on wheat, but also includes common bean and Brassica oilseed crops (canola, camelina). More specifically, my research applies quantitative and molecular genetics to detect the chromosome regions and explain the mechanisms that influence variation in economic traits. I have also been involved in a number of projects to evaluate the benefits and risks of genetically engineered crops.

Philip Cafaro

I'm a professor of philosophy at Colorado State University and an affiliated faculty member with CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability. A former ranger with the U.S. National Park Service, my main research interests are in environmental ethics, consumption and population issues, wild lands preservation, and the creation of sustainable societies that respect limits to growth.