Cara Steger

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PhD Candidate, Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, Colorado State University
Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

In a rapidly changing world, humans struggle to address complex environmental “wicked problems” that require collaboration between actors with potentially conflicting objectives. My research informs the sustainable and equitable management of natural resources by focusing on the process of collaborative conservation, where diverse groups of people work together, learn from each other, and make collective decisions about resources. I use models to facilitate collaboration around an issue, evaluating how different kinds of models impact learning and decision-making. My dissertation focuses on a case study of shrub encroachment in the Ethiopian highlands to better understand and apply this collaborative modeling process.

Fellowship Details: 
Fellowship Year: 
2018-2019
Other Affiliations: 
Warner College of Natural Resources
Department of Ecosystem Science & Sustainability
Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE)
Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL)