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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Craig Starger

Craig Starger is a conservation biologist who works to advance science for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. Craig has conducted extensive research on coral reef conservation biology, and has spent recent years implementing environmental policy and international development with the US government. His biology research focused on questions related to corals’ adaptive response to climate change, coral recovery, and coral population connectivity, mostly in Asia.

Jane Stewart

I am an Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology in the Department of Agricultural Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management at Colorado State University. I received her Master’s Degree in forestry from the University of Vermont and her PhD in plant pathology from Washington State University. I've also held postdoctoral positions at the USDA ARS Horticultural Research Lab in Corvallis, OR, and the Dept. of Plant Pathology at the University of Georgia.

Thomas Stohlgren

Tom Stohlgren, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, where he has held an Affiliate Faculty position since 1991. Tom is recognized as one of the top ten most productive scientists in the world in the field of biological invasions. He has published over 200 scientific papers and a textbook on methods of assessing plant diversity. He received a Bachelor's degree in Forestry from the University of California, Berkeley; Master's degree in Biology from California State University, Fresno; and, Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis.

Diana H. Wall

A soil ecologist and environmental scientist, Diana Wall is actively engaged in research exploring how life in soil (microbial and invertebrate diversity) contributes to healthy, fertile and productive soils and thus to society, and the consequences of human activities on soil globally. Her research on soil biota, particularly soil nematodes, extends from agroecosystems to arid ecosystems. Diana has spent more than 25 seasons in the Antarctic Dry Valleys examining how global changes impact soil biodiversity, ecosystem processes and ecosystem services.

Colleen Webb

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Theoretical evolutionary ecology, trait-based approaches, disease ecology, species interactions, resilience, coevolution, quantitative genetics, nonlinear dynamics, spatial models. EDUCATION Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with Statistics minor (equivalent to M.S.), “A Classification of Darwinian Extinction,” Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Alexey Kondrashov, Advisor, 2001. M.S. in Biology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 1994. B.S. in Applied Mathematics (application in Chemistry), University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1993.

George Wittemyer

George Wittemyer is an associate professor at Colorado State University’s Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conservation ecology. George’s research interests include investigation of the impacts of human pressures on natural systems. Human activities are causing major ecological changes from the alteration of species life history strategies to, in the worst case, population collapse. The long term impacts of these changes on species survival and ecosystem functioning are largely unknown.

Ellen Wohl

I did my BS and PhD degrees in geosciences at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona, respectively. I have been on the faculty at CSU since 1989. In addition to publishing in peer-reviewed journals, I enjoy writing for non-scientific audiences. Books thus far include Virtual Rivers (2001), Disconnected Rivers (2004), Island of Grass (2009), Of Rock and Rivers (2009), A World of Rivers (2011), Wide Rivers Crossed (2013), and Transient Landscapes (in press).

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