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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Kevin Crooks

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I am a Professor in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology and the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at Colorado State University. I received my B.S. in Zoology at CSU, my M.S. in Ecology at the University of California Davis, and my Ph.D. in Biology at the University of California Santa Cruz. I was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin Madison before returning to CSU in 2003.

Tom Dean

Thomas J. Dean is the Kemble Family Fellow and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Enterprise in the College of Business and School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University.

Colleen Duncan

I’m a veterinarian with advanced training in both epidemiology and anatomic pathology. I’m employed as a diagnostic pathologist at the CSU veterinary diagnostic laboratory and I enjoy working on all species as well as teaching veterinary students.

Steven Fonte

I am an ecologist with a broad focus on agricultural systems and soils. I aim to work closely with farmers and other stakeholders around the world so as to conduct relevant and broadly applicable research that meets diverse societal needs, addresses critical issues of global change, and contributes to the long-term productivity and resilience of agroecosystems.

W. Chris Funk

My research is at the interface of evolution, ecology, genomics, and conservation. In the most general sense, I investigate the evolutionary and ecological mechanisms that generate and maintain biodiversity by combining population genomics, experimental manipulations, and field studies. More specifically, my current research focuses on three fundamental questions in evolutionary ecology related to gene flow, an evolutionary force that plays a central role in the origin and persistence of biodiversity.

Kathleen Galvin

Trained as a biological anthropologist, she has conducted interdisciplinary social-ecological research in the drylands of Africa and for over 25 years.  She is interested in issues of pastoral land use, conservation, climate variability and change, food security and resilience and adaptation strategies of people in the savannas. Her research explores local perceptions of climate change and environmental changes and viable solutions.  

Cameron Ghalambor

I am an evolutionary ecologist interested in the processes that lead to adaptive divergence. My research is focused on how abiotic and biotic factors in the environment drive plastic and genetic differences in morphological, behavioral, physiological, and life history traits.

Kate Huyvaert

Research questions that we investigate in the Huyvaert lab group are typically about population- or individual-level problems in ecology. Our primary research focus is in wildlife disease ecology and we apply both field and laboratory techniques to questions about pathogens and parasites that affect host populations of wild animals. Our group also focus on the conservation of threatened and endangered species, especially tropical seabirds.

Kelly W Jones

My research focuses on the relationships between conservation governance, ecosystem services, and human wellbeing. I engage in interdisciplinary collaborations that combine ecological, economic and social science theory and methods to advance knowledge on the impacts of conservation governance. These interdisciplinary projects contribute to evidence-based conservation and ecosystem services science.


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