Centers and Institutes: Biodiversity, Conservation and Management

Colorado State University is a leader in biodiversity and conservation research.


Center for Collaborative Conservation

The Center for Collaborative Conservation is a place where stakeholders can come together to collaboratively discuss, define, study and implement conservation practices to sustain both the earth’s ecosystems and the people who depend upon them.

Director: Robin Reid

Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands

The Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) is a leading global provider of research and sustainable management of natural and cultural resources on federal lands. As a center of excellence within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University, CEMML can access campus resources to deliver cutting-edge solutions to environmental challenges. Our on-campus staff includes a full range of environmental and compliance professionals, and we also have technical staff embedded at military installations across the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, and Germany.

Website: http://www.cemml.colostate.edu/

Director: Lee Barber

Center for Protected Area Management and Training

Sound management, provided by trained professionals, and citizen support will ensure the maintenance of these important areas which anchor the success of nature conservation into the 21st century. The Center for Protected Area Management & Training was formed to assist protected area professionals in strengthening the management of the world's protected areas and adjacent lands.

Website: http://warnercnr.colostate.edu/cpam-home/

Co-Director: Jim Barborak
Co-Director: Ryan Finchum

Colorado Forest Restoration Institute

The Colorado Forest Restoration Institute was established at Colorado State University in 2004 through the Southwest Forest Health and Wildfire Prevention Act, along with the restoration institutes at New Mexico Highlands University and Northern Arizona.  The purposes of the institutes are to compile, translate, and apply the most current scientific information relevant to the needs of forest managers and communities in taking action to mitigate wildfire risk and restore healthy forest conditions. CFRI is a special unit in the Warner College of Natural Resources and draws on the unique strenghts of forest ecology and management sciences at Colorado State University and beyond.

Website: http://warnercnr.colostate.edu/cfri-home/

Director: Tony Cheng

Colorado Natural Heritage Program

The Colorado Natural Heritage Program is Colorado’s only comprehensive source of information on the status and location of Colorado’s rarest and most threatened species and plant communities. We share information with a wide range of stakeholders in partnerships that work to ensure the Colorado’s biodiversity resources are not diminished. CNHP has an enormous impact on conservation in Colorado through these partnerships.  CNHP tracks and ranks Colorado’s rare and imperiled species and habitat and provides scientific information and expertise to promote the conservation of Colorado’s wealth of biological resources.  We are engaged with numerous partners to assess the vulnerability of species of concern and their habitats to climate change, and to develop and implement adaptive management strategies.

Website: www.cnhp.colostate.edu

Director: David G. Anderson

Colorado Water Institute

The mission of the Colorado Water Institute is to connect all of Colorado's higher education expertise to the research and education needs of Colorado water managers and users.

Website: http://cwi.colostate.edu/

Director: Reagan Waskom

Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative

The Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative was launched in September 2011 and is open to all those interested in developing a coherent platform for promoting the translation of expert knowledge on soil biodiversity into environmental policy and sustainable land management for the protection and enhancement of ecosystem services.

Website: http://www.globalsoilbiodiversity.org

Scientific Chair –Diana Wall, Department of Biology

Global Soil Sustainability Working Group

The mission of the Global Soil Sustainability Working Group is to leverage the diverse strengths of Colorado State University scientists by coordinating research activities and providing a platform that integrates soil data from disparate sources to facilitate more productive interaction between soil scientists and decision-makers.

Website: http://globalsoils.colostate.edu

Principal Investigators – Rich Conant, NREL; Diana Wall, NREL; Keith Paustian, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences; Francesca Cotrufo, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences; Lee Sommers, Soil Microbiology and Chemistry; Gene Kelly, School of Agricultural Sciences; and Joe von Fischer, Department of Biology.

Institute for Society, Landscape, and Ecosystem Change (ISLEC)

The ISLEC research working group allows faculty from across CSU to combine their expertise to address complex land-use problems such as deforestation, urbanization, the wildland/urban interface, desertification, and land degradation. Scientists use many tools including social and ecological computer modeling techniques and geographical information systems to better understand past and present land-use to predict future implications for both humans and ecosystems.

Website: http://www.islec.colostate.edu

Principal Investigators - Kathleen Galvin, Anthropology; Chris Fisher, Anthropology

Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

The Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory is an interdisciplinary ecology research and teaching unit at Colorado State University.  Our mission is to improve understanding of the complex interactions between humans, management activities, and ecosystems.

Website: http://nrel.colostate.edu

Director: John Moore

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