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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Boris C. Kondratieff

I am a Professor of Entomology and Director of the 3 million specimen C. P. Gillette Museum of Arthropod Diversity at Colorado State University. My current interests include insect biodiversity surveys of wild lands and other landscapes, aquatic insect ecology, taxonomic revisions and descriptions of new or poorly known species, especially Ephemeroptera (mayflies), Plecoptera (stoneflies), and Diptera (flies), forensic entomology, and management and curatorial work in the C. P. Gillette Museum of Arthropod Diversity.

Sunil Kumar

Sunil Kumar

Sunil Kumar is a Research Scientist at Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL), and an Affiliate Faculty at the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, Colorado State University. His current research interests include species distribution modeling, pest risk analyses, effects of climate change on species distributions, and effects of habitat heterogeneity on native and invasive species.

Greg Newman

I am a research scientist, ecologist, and informatics specialist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL) at Colorado State University (CSU). I received my PhD from CSU in citizen science, community-based monitoring, and ecological informatics. My current research focuses on designing and evaluating the effectiveness of cyber-infrastructure support systems for citizen science programs.

Barry Noon

In collaboration with my graduate students and post-docs, my research focuses on conservation planning for threatened and endangered species; science-based management of public lands to conserve biological diversity; population dynamics and viability analyses for at-risk species; and vertebrate demography and life history. For over three decades my research has emphasized the management of forest ecosystems to sustain biological diversity with a particular focus on spotted owls and other imperiled species.

Paul Ode

Research in our group focuses the behavior and ecology (both pure and applied aspects) of parasitoid wasps as well as plant-insect herbivore interactions. In particular we are interested in how trophic interactions are altered by changing climates using elevation as a proxy for climate change effects.

Merlyn Paulson

Merlyn Paulson, FASLA, Professor, is a land architect and environmental planner and recognized expert in the geo-spatial analysis (GIS) and simulation of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)-related development alternatives in ecologically sensitive landscapes.

Liba Pejchar

Liba Pejchar is an Associate Professor and Conservation Scientist at Colorado State University. Her research focuses on protecting and restoring biodiversity and ecosystem function in the places where people live and work. Among other projects, she and her students study the conservation of Hawaiian honeycreepers, seed dispersal in New Zealand, bison reintroduction in Colorado and the effects of energy and housing development on birds and mammals.

N. LeRoy Poff

N. LeRoy Poff is a Professor in the Department of Biology and Director of the interdisciplinary Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at Colorado State University. He received his PhD in 1989 from CSU and was a research scientist at the University of Maryland and at Trout Unlimited until 1997, when he returned to CSU. His area of research is freshwater ecology, and he is particularly interested in the effects of human modification of natural hydrologic regimes on the stream and river ecosystems.

Sarah Reed

Sarah Reed is an Associate Conservation Scientist with the North America Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society and an Affiliate Faculty member in the Department of Fish, Wildlife & Conservation Biology at Colorado State University. Sarah’s research investigates how human development patterns and land use practices affect wildlife and biodiversity. She combines landscape-level field experiments with spatial modeling and policy analysis to examine species' responses to residential development, recreation, motor vehicle noise, and other human activities.


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