Kelly Hopping

Kelly Hopping
Ph.D. Student, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, Colorado State University

My PhD research is examining the impacts of climate change on alpine grasslands in Tibet, as well as how these changes could affect the traditional yak and sheep herders who depend on these ecosystems for their livelihoods. Understanding how Tibetan grasslands will respond to warmer temperatures and greater exposure to extreme weather events, such as severe snowstorms, will give insight into how government policies and local land management practices can be adapted to maintain the health of these rangelands while also sustaining their ability to support communities of livestock herders, as they have for millennia.

Fellowship Details: 
Fellowship Year: 
2011-2012
Other Affiliations: 
Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE)
Warner College of Natural Resources