Faculty and Research Experts

Non-toxic battery technology

Chemistry professor Amy Prieto co-founded Prieto Battery Inc. in 2009 to commercialize a battery technology up to 1,000 times more powerful, 10 times longer lasting, and less expensive than traditional batteries — a technology that could revolutionize the transportation, communication, and energy-storage industries. Prieto co-founded the company with Cenergy, which is the commercialization arm of the university’s Clean Energy Supercluster. In March, Prieto was named the 2011 ExxonMobil Solid State Chemistry Faculty Fellow, an honor awarded to one scientist nationally who has made substantial contributions to the field.

This July, the White House honored Prieto with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for her work to develop new methods to create a battery that could revolutionize the hybrid/electric vehicle industry.

Global clean energy solutions: Cookstoves, biofuels and two-stroke engines

Bryan Willson, mechanical engineering professor, is founder and director of Colorado State’s Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory, a world leader in the study of internal combustion engines, natural gas technology, algae biofuels, intelligent electric grids, advanced building technology, technology for the developing world, and clean cookstoves. He is active in technology commercialization and is founder and board member of Envirofit International Ltd., a non-profit corporation develops clean energy technology for the developing world, with particular focus on two-stroke engines and clean cookstoves.

In 2009, Willson was recognized by Scientific American, joining President Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg, in its inaugural list of the “Scientific American 10” — ten individuals who have made significant contributions to guiding science to serve humanity on a global basis.


Ken Reardon, professor of chemical and biological engineering, is a leading expert on the production of biofuels. Reardon is researching the types of organic materials for use in biofuels and the viability of various biofuels. His biofuels-related research, which began more than 20 years ago with a project on the production of butanol from sugars, now includes studies on bioreactor design and algae.

Reardon is also an expert in biotechnology for the detection of environmental pollutants. In 2009, he worked with Cenergy, the university’s vehicle for commercializing innovative clean and renewable technologies, to spin off OptiEnz Sensors LLC, which will develop, manufacture and sell biosensors to detect food and water contaminants.

Traits of crops used for biofuel

Jan Leach is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management at Colorado State. A microbiologist and plant pathologist, Leach is an authority on the molecular biology of how plants and pathogens interact; she studies how plants defend themselves against pathogens. Leach has examined issues surrounding rice as a grass model for discovery and testing.

Colorado State researchers, through the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences and the CSU Agricultural Experiment Station, have conducted research to determine oilseed yields on several varieties of crops including sunflowers, mustard and canola that are used for biodiesel production.

Algae to oil

Anthony Marchese and Azer Yalin, associate professors in mechanical engineering, received a National Science Foundation grant to conduct one of the first studies on the emissions produced from algae as a biofuel.

“One of the reasons we’re interested in algae-based biofuels is because of their potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to reduce our dependence on imported oil,” Marchese said. His research areas include alternative fuels, combustion, chemical kinetics, microgravity experiments and diesel emissions. Current research projects include biodiesel chemical kinetics, pollutant formation from algae-based biofuels, exhaust emissions from algal methyl esters, locomotive engine emissions, bio-butanol, heavy fuel aerosols and advanced 2-stroke engines.

Yalin’s research interests include laser-based diagnostics and non-intrusive measurement of gases, plasmas, and plasma-surface interactions (for electric propulsion and plasma processing) as well as laser combustion diagnostics of engines, laser ignition of engines, and laser sensing for environmental and health applications.

Biofuels and greenhouse gas emissions reductions

William Parton, senior research scientist at NREL (Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory), is studying how different crops used for biofuels have varying effects on decreasing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. Parton also studies the effects global warming will have on the eastern plains of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and the western parts of North and South Dakota. Additionally, he has experience studying the potential impact of climatic changes for forest and savanna systems on local, regional and global scales.

Parton, who’s spent the past 38 years working on the development of ecosystems models, was elected as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2007. The number of Fellows elected each year is limited to no more than 0.1 percent of the total membership of AGU.

Reardon is the CSU site director for the Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels, or C2B2, which was founded in March 2007 by the Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory.

Collaborative conservation

Dr. Robin Reid is the Director of the Center for Collaborative Conservation, an initiative of CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources. She comes from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya, where she led research, education and outreach on conservation and development issues in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the western United States.

Robin is also a senior research scientist at Colorado State’s Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory and is on the faculty of the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. She is a CSU alumnus, having received her Ph.D. in Rangeland Ecosystem Science in 1992. In October of 2009, Reid was featured on CBS’ 60 Minutes. This year Reid will be awarded the Ecological Society of America 2012 Sustainability Science Award. The prestigious award is given annually to authors of a peer reviewed paper published in the past five years that makes the greatest contribution to the emerging science of ecosystem and regional sustainability through the integration of ecological and social sciences.

Wildlife and connectivity conservation

Kevin Crooks is a professor in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology and in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. His scientific research addresses wildlife conservation and sustainability issues along the Front Range, as well as in other areas of the nation experiencing rapid urban growth. Using a variety of scientific techniques, including field observations, laboratory experimentation, computer modeling and human dimension surveys, Crooks examines the compelling impacts of anthropogenic disturbances on natural system caused by urban sprawl and habitat fragmentation.

Crooks has studied a wide variety of species including prairie dogs, bobcats, pumas, skunks and foxes. Among his many research grants, his most noteworthy is his five-year NSF grant of $2.3 million through the Ecology of Infectious Disease program to investigate the effects of urban fragmentation on disease dynamics in wild cats.


Diana Wall, one of Colorado State’s most distinguished scientists, is an ecosystem scientist in the biology department and director of CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES). Wall has completed 22 research seasons in the Antarctic Dry Valleys examining how soil food webs and ecosystem processes respond to global change.

She contributed to a special 121-page report submitted to President Barack Obama that urges government intervention on threats to the nation’s biodiversity and ecosystems.

Wall is the 2012 SCAR President’s Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research from the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research — an interdisciplinary committee of the prestigious International Council for Science. The award is presented once every three years.

Human dimensions of natural resource management

Warner College of Natural Resources Associate Dean Peter Newman’s research focuses on the human dimensions of natural resource management and social carrying capacity decision making in the context of protected areas management.

He was selected as winner of the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit Network 2012 National Awards for his contribution to natural resource stewardship. The organization, which includes more than 300 member organizations, gives only two national awards each year. Newman was honored for his work in the National Park Service Natural Sounds Program, which works to mitigate noise pollution in national parks.

Global climate variability

David W. J. Thompson is an atmospheric science professor at CSU whose current research focuses on improving our understanding of global climate variability using observational data.

His interests include large-scale atmospheric dynamics, the interpretation of observed climate change, stratosphere/troposphere coupling, ocean/atmosphere interaction, decadal climate variability, and the climate impacts of large-scale atmospheric phenomena. He was the lead research author on a recent paper that was published in the science journal Nature. Thompson and his colleagues made a discovery that could help to solve a major atmospheric science and climate mystery.

In 2007, Popular Science magazine named David Thompson one of the “Brilliant 10” young scientists to watch.

Global environmental governance

Michele Betsill, professor of political science, teaches courses in international relations, global environmental politics and qualitative research methods.

Her research investigates the ways in which climate change is governed from the global to the local level across the public and private spheres. Her current projects focus on the politics of carbon markets, transnational climate governance, the role of local authorities in transitioning to a low-carbon future, and institutional reform for sustainable development. She is also the founder and co-leader of the Environmental Governance Working Group at CSU.

Prior to coming to CSU, she was a post-doctoral fellow with the Global Environmental Assessment project at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.


W.S. Sampath, mechanical engineering professor, spent 16 years perfecting his solar-cell technology. Sampath developed a continuous, automated manufacturing process for solar panels using glass coating with a cadmium telluride thin film instead of the standard high-cost crystalline silicon.

New materials and processing methods for polymer-based photovoltaics

Travis Bailey and David (Qiang) Wang, assistant professors of chemical and biological engineering, are exploring strategies for creating new polymeric materials for use in photovoltaic devices and novel methods of processing those materials that may lead to enhanced performance and overall efficiencies. Their research is focused on the synthesis and modeling of semiconducting block copolymers and the study of the self-assembly behavior of those materials in the presence of applied magnetic fields.

Their efforts represent a mix of both experimental (Bailey) and computational (Wang) approaches.

Assistant chemistry professor Chuck Henry‘s research focuses on new bioanalytical and environmental measurement tools such as the use of new “lab-on-a-chip” chemistry. This technology will reduce the steps of a traditional chemical assay to a single device the size of a credit card. Related to toxicology, these methods can help understand the mechanisms associated with aerosol toxicity.

Henry is co-founder and CEO of Advanced MicroLabs LLC, which was formed to commercialize a low-cost “lab-on-a-chip” technology. Advanced Microlabs has raised more than $3 million in grant funding and is working to bring an on-line monitoring sensor to market. Henry is a consultant and collaborator for Legacy Biosciences, a small pharmaceutical formulations company based in Loveland, Colo., and the Boulder-based Crystal Diagnostics, which is developing a technology to detect pathogenic bacteria in waste and recreational waters. In his ten-year tenure at CSU, Henry has submitted eight invention disclosures.

Using biology to detect environmental contaminants

Biology professor June Medford’s lab developed plant sentinels that detect environmental contaminants. Her lab is working to understand plants and their knowledge for human and environmental use.

Medford and her team enabled a computer-designed detection trait to work in a plant by rewiring the plant’s natural signaling process so that a detection incident produces loss of green color. This work — an important step in a long process — could eventually be used for a wide range of applications such as security in airports or monitoring for pollutants.

Clean energy’s role in Northern Colorado economy

Martin Shields, is a professor of economics at Colorado State and director of the Regional Economics Institute. Shields is knowledgeable of the clean energy industry cluster in northern Colorado and its impact on the region and the state. This region is well positioned to become a leader in the growing global market for clean-energy technologies.

Carbon sequestration and agriculture

Keith Paustian, soil and crop sciences professor and senior research scientist at CSU’s Natural Resources Ecology Laboratory (NREL), researches the role the agriculture industry can play in greenhouse gas mitigation. Paustian also researches agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration for the United States inventory. Paustian is involved in developing accounting tools for farmer and ranchers to receive credit under the United States voluntary greenhouse gas reduction program.

Environmentally sustainable building design

Brian Dunbar is executive director of the Institute for the Built Environment and professor of construction management at Colorado State. Dunbar’s teaching, research and project work focuses on environmentally sustainable design and construction materials, methods and systems. He also coordinates the graduate emphasis in sustainable building at Colorado State and has developed university and professional courses on sustainable building.

The Institute for the Built Environment is an interdisciplinary research institute that teaches students and industry professionals healthy and sustainable building strategies. Brian is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED faculty member with the U.S. Green Building Council and serves on the Greening Schools committee for the Colorado Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Sustainable businesses

Paul Hudnut is a longtime entrepreneur who teaches management in the College of Business.

He also works with business and engineering students to develop sustainable business plans for technological advancements developed in CSU’s Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory — plans that are in use in countries, such as the Philippines, India and Nepal.

He is a founder of the business college’s Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise master’s degree program and the Global Innovation Center for Energy, Health and the Environment in the engines lab.

In 2010, Hudnut was awarded the Olympus Innovation Award for his creation and development of the Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise Program.

Environmental ethics

Holmes Rolston, III is widely recognized as the father of environmental ethics as an academic discipline. Rolston has shaped the essential nature, scope and issues of the discipline.

A University Distinguished Professor of philosophy at Colorado State and a noted author, Rolston said he’s seeing an evolution of clergy concerned about better stewardship for the Earth. He teaches environmental ethics at Colorado State.

Energy policy and environmental research

Dr. William H. Farland is the Vice President for Research at Colorado State and a Professor in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He serves as the chief institutional advocate and facilitator for faculty research activities and is responsible for programmatic excellence in research.

Before joining CSU in late 2006, Farland was the highest ranking scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency. His 27-year federal career has been characterized by a commitment to the development of national and international approaches to interdisciplinary research in addition to testing and assessment of the fate and effects of environmental agents.

Energy policy and clean energy

Bill Ritter, Colorado’s 41st Governor and former District Attorney for the City and County of Denver, is the founding director of the Center for the New Energy Economy. The Center is a privately-funded initiative to support the growth of a clean energy economy across the United States at Colorado State University.

The mission of the Center is to incorporate best practices from around the nation and world to accelerate the development of clean energy, which includes technologies and resources who life-cycle impacts are beneficial to national security, economic vitality, energy supply sustainability, environmental health, public health, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the conservation and restoration of ecosystem services, social equity, high-quality jobs, and wise use of water and other critical natural resources.

Ritter has been working directly with Governors, legislators, regulators, planners, policy makers and other decision makers by providing technical assistance to help them create the policies and practices that will facilitate America’s transition to a clean energy economy. He has been recognized internationally and has received numerous awards for his efforts.

Environmental politics and energy policy

Kyle L. Saunders is associate professor of political science whose interests within environmental politics include energy policy and the politics of resource depletion and “peak oil.” Saunders is currently writing a book on energy policy and the frames used in the public and political debates on alternative energy in the United States. He also is an expert in other fields of American politics, including U.S. and Colorado elections, parties and public opinion.

Renewable energy/environmental policy

Robert J. Duffy is a professor of political science at Colorado State. Duffy’s research and interests include American politics with particular emphases on elections, interest groups and energy policy. He also is interested in renewable energy and environmental politics and policy issues.

Air pollution

Sonia Kreidenweis, professor in Colorado State University’s internationally recognized Atmospheric Science department, studies the nature and behavior of particulate matter in the atmosphere and its effects on climate and visibility. Her group conducts laboratory and field measurements to clarify the relationships between particles and haze and cloud formation, which in turn can affect air quality and precipitation. Most recently, they have been focusing on characterization of particles produced from wild and prescribed fires, and have developed new recommendations for how smoke particle optical and cloud-forming properties should be represented in air quality and climate models.

Energy and sustainable operations

Carol Dollard is an energy engineer with Facilities Management and works to make Colorado State operations more sustainable.

These efforts include six photovoltaic installations including a 5,300 kW solar plant on the Foothills Campus, a biomass plant that burns wood chips from beetle killed trees, and a wide variety of energy & water efficiency projects. She advises the Design & Construction staff on LEED projects — the university currently has ten LEED Gold buildings. She also leads a team that conducts the University’s annual greenhouse gas inventory and produces biannual updates to the CSU Climate Action Plan.

Renewable energy and impacts on wildlife

Ken Wilson, wildlife professor and department head, studies the possible effects of wind farms on wildlife. He has also studied the impacts of large antennas and power lines on migrating birds.

Renee Rondeau, director of the university’s Colorado Natural Heritage Program, studies a number of renewable energy issues and their related environmental impacts.

Chris Myrick, fisheries associate professor, studies the potential impacts of hydroelectric development on wildlife and possible ways to mitigate those impacts.

Water conservation and water in agriculture

Reagan Waskom currently serves as the Director of the Colorado Water Institute and as Director of the Colorado State University Water Center.

Dr. Waskom is a member of the Department of Soil & Crop Sciences faculty with a joint appointment to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Reagan also serves as the Regional Director of the USDA-CSREES Integrated Water Program. His research and outreach projects include irrigation water optimization in water limited environments, evaluation of municipal water conservation programs, ammonia volatilization from sprinkler applied swine effluent, aquifer vulnerability to NO3 contamination, evaluation of runoff water quality from western meadows, and development of best management practices for crop production.

Water resources and environmental management

Professor John Labadie Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is also currently Coordinator for the Water Resources Planning and Management Division of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Labadie specializes in application of decision support systems, mathematical programming, knowledge-based systems, and geographic information systems to complex problems in water resources and environmental management.

Water resources related to rural economies and households

James Pritchett, Ph.D. in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, focuses his research and outreach efforts on applied economic issues important to stakeholders in Colorado agriculture and throughout the West. Most recently, he focused on how farms might make the best use of limited water resources, the economic activity generated by irrigated agriculture in rural regional economies, and the perceptions that households have for water use.

He’s invested effort into understanding if crop insurance is an effective risk management tool for dryland wheat farmers, the economics of animal disease, and creating business plans for small and medium sized businesses. His research has been supported by the USDA-NRI competitive grants program, the Colorado Water Resources Research Institute, the USDA Agricultural Research Service, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Colorado’s Agriculture Experiment Station. Additionally, Professor Pritchett rides his bike to work 250 days a year from a nearby mountain town.

Water treatment/reuse, oil and gas environmental issues

Ken Carlson is an Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University with more than 20 years of experience in water treatment, wastewater handling and environmental engineering. Dr. Carlson is the co-director of the Colorado Energy-Water Consortium, a public-private partnership that is addressing water issues associated with oil and gas exploration and production in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. Current work with the consortium includes studies related to fuel source water intensity, fracturing fluid treatment and optimization of water management.

Recent research interests have included drinking water treatment, fate of emerging contaminants in the environment and agricultural pollutants including nutrients, pharmaceutical compounds and pesticides.

Geology, oil and gas environmental issues

Sally Sutton, department chair and associate professor in the Department of Geosciences, researches sedimentary petrology and geochemistry, fluid/rock interaction, chemical weathering, clastic diagenesis, and clay mineralogy.

Sutton teaches an interdisciplinary introductory course on the natural gas industry including geology, exploration, production, transportation and environmental issues. CSU offered this course on the “Fundamentals of Natural Gas” for the first time last spring because of the increased demand for natural gas and greater public interest in gas drilling and production in Colorado. Professor Sutton teaches the geology of natural gas to students in the new course.

Developing sustainable bioplastics

Chemistry professor Eugene Chen has developed several patent-pending chemical processes that would create sustainable bioplastics from renewable resources for use on everything from optical fibers and contact lenses to furniture and automobile parts.

Chen and his co-workers have invented a platform of processes to convert small molecules derived from nonedible plant biomass to bioplastics. The molecules can be transformed into different materials depending on the catalyst that is added to them. That catalyst can either be an organic compound or a metal-based compound.

Smart grid

Wade O. Troxell, associate dean for Research and Economic Development in the College of Engineering, studies “smart power grid” applications that are necessary for improving the critical U.S. electric power infrastructure. Through his research, he explores networked distributed energy resources related to the environment and renewable technologies, stable and firm power systems and the integration of renewable energy such as wind and solar into the power market.

Peter Young, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, works on the development of analysis and design techniques for large scale uncertain systems, and robust learning controllers, as well as a number of specific application areas. These include control of HVAC systems, power system distribution grids and sustainable energy, and control of biological systems.


Adirane “Addy” Elliott is the coordinator for the Interdisciplinary Program in Organic Agriculture. Her research focuses on soil fertility in organic farming systems.

Elliott teaches environmental issues in agriculture, composting principles and practices, topics in organic agriculture, and diagnosis and treatment in organic fields.

Sustainable range management

Lou Swanson, vice provost for Outreach and Strategic Partnerships, is a sociologist whose research has focused on locality-based policy for sustainable range management and community development, rancher and farm perceptions of cooperatives, and the transition of ranching and rural life in Colorado. Swanson also has been talking with agricultural groups across the country about the transition from a supply-driven domestic food system toward demand-driven global food systems.

Greenhouse gas management/agriculture

Rich Conant is a research scientist at the university’s Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory. His expertise is in agricultural and grazing land carbon dynamics and greenhouse gas management. He contributed to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change documents and greenhouse gas inventory development, was a lead author for the recently published U.S. State of the Carbon Cycle Report and is co-principle investigator on a project to document carbon management and emission reduction opportunities for Colorado’s agricultural, grazing and forest lands.

Stephen Ogle, research scientist at CSU’s Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, studies the impact of land use and management on greenhouse gas emissions. He currently leads U.S. assessments of soil nitrous oxide emissions from U.S. agricultural lands, which is used for national greenhouse gas reporting and climate change policy. His research also includes evaluation of bioenergy crop production on greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural soils.

Restoration ecology

Mark Paschke, Ph.D., is the Research Associate Dean for the Warner College of Natural Resources and Associate Professor and Shell Endowed Chair of Restoration Ecology in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship.

Paschke has made significant contributions to the field of Restoration Ecology. In the past decade he has served as PI or coPI on approximately $9 million worth of basic and applied studies funded by diverse sources. His research focuses on restoration and ecology of disturbed ecosystems, soil and rhizosphere biology, and ecology of invasive plant species.

Ecological study of grasslands

Alan Knapp is leading a national team that will experimentally impose severe drought in Great Plains grasslands and evaluate how the landscape responds — the first large-scale project of its kind.

NSF awarded $3.7 million to Knapp, a biology professor and senior ecologist with the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, and principal investigator on the project. Research in Knapp’s lab focuses on plants, with a goal of understanding ecological patterns and processes from the leaf to the ecosystem level. The lab’s research is primarily conducted in the field. Key areas of interest include plant physiological ecology, ecosystems ecology, climate change, long-term ecological research, invasive plant species, restoration ecology, fire and herbivory effects on communities and ecosytems.

Infusing climate change teaching into university curriculum

A former full-time freelance writer of essays and magazine and newspaper articles, English professor John Calderazzo teaches nonfiction writing workshops and literature classes. He’s the author of a how-to writing textbook, a children’s science book, and a creative nonfiction book. He writes about the nature of the personal essay, natural history, and the interrelationships of science and culture. His work has been cited in Best American Stories and Best American Essays and has appeared in Georgia Review, Audubon, Orion, Witness magazines.

He is a winner of a Best CSU Teacher award and a creative writing fellowship from the Colorado Council on the Arts. He co-founded and co-directs Changing Climates@CSU, an innovative series of talks and educational initiatives that seeks to infuse climate change teaching across the university curriculum and raise ecological literacy.

Professor SueEllen Campbell teaches courses in nature and environmental literature, 20th-century fiction and nonfiction, literary theory, and research methods. Her books include The Face of the Earth: Natural Landscapes, Science, and Culture (2011); Even Mountains Vanish: Searching for Solace in an Age of Extinction (2003); and Bringing the Mountain Home (1996). She has also published numerous articles about American environmental literature and ecocriticism; is coeditor of the University of Virginia Press ecocritical book series Under the Sign of Nature; and serves on advisory boards for the School of Global Environmental Sustainability and the Rocky Mountain Land Library. She is codirector of Changing Climates@CSU, a multidisciplinary climate-change education and outreach initiative.

Climate and water research and education

Nolan Doesken is a longtime weather researcher in the Department of Atmospheric Science, state climatologist and founder and national director of CoCoRaHS, the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network.

Doesken has been at Colorado State with the Colorado Climate Center since 1977, serving as the Assistant State Climatologist until his appointment as State Climatologist in 2006. He is currently the president of the American Association of State Climatologists. In 2007, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration honored Doesken as one of 10 “Environmental Heroes” nationally for creating the CoCoRaHS, network. In 2011, Doesken received the Colorado Foundation for Water Education President’s Award for climate and water education.

Climate and land use changes on ecosystems

Dennis Ojima is a Professor in the Ecosystem Science and Sustainability Department and Senior Research Scientist in the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory in the Warner College of Natural Resources. He’s also a Senior Scholar at the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment..

Dr. Ojima’s research areas include global change effects on ecosystems around the world. His research addresses climate and land use changes on ecosystems, carbon accounting methods for forest carbon sequestration, and adaptation and mitigation strategies to climate change. These research efforts have led to his successful development of the multi-institutional consortium effort to host the North Central Climate Science Center at Colorado State for the Department of Interior. He is the Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, serving on the Human Dimensions of Global Change and the Board for International Scientific Organizations for the National Research Council, and has received recognition for his international contributions for his involvement in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment receiving which received the 2005 Zayed International Prize for the Environment and the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Environmental health science

Dr. John Volckens’ research interests include the development of methods for aerosol and air pollution measurement, combustion emissions and their associated health effects, and the development of improved diagnostic techniques for assessing human exposures to and adverse health effects of air pollution. He is Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences.

In August 2012, Volckens received two grants worth $2.5 million from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, a division of the Centers for Disease Control. He plans to develop a dust spectrometer that will capture and measure inhalable dust — about the size of flour dust — before it settles. He’ll also create an inexpensive, lightweight device that workers could wear on their shoulders to immediately sample their exposure.

Sustainable enterprise and entrepreneurship

Thomas J. Dean serves as the Daniel’s Ethics Professor and professor of entrepreneurship and sustainable enterprise at the College of Business. Having authored some of the first articles and courses in environmental entrepreneurship, he is an internationally renowned academic pioneer in the field of entrepreneurship and sustainability.

He focuses his programmatic and conceptual efforts on understanding the opportunities present in emerging environmental trends. He teaches in CSU’s Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA Program and sits on the advisory boards of the Clean Energy Supercluster and School of Global Environmental Sustainability.

Forest policy

Tony Cheng, co-founder of EGWG, the Environmental Governance Working Group; Director of the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute; and Associate Professor in Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, has been requested to assist the Colorado State Legislature and Governor Hickenlooper’s office in crafting forest policy in light of the recent wildfire events in Colorado.

Cheng’s research interests include assessing collaborative approaches to forest landscape restoration and examining institutional arrangements for payment-for-watershed-services on federal public lands. His interests include policies, collaborative arrangements, and strategies involving government, private enterprise, and community non-governmental organizations to produce resilient forest ecosystems and sustain livelihoods in a transparent, accountable, and an equitable manner. He facilitates collaborative assessments, monitoring, and adaptive management, working with local and regional forest health collaborations in Colorado and the Southwestern U.S.