Centers and Institutes: Biodiversity, Conservation and Management

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

Public Lands History Center

The Public Lands History Center (PLHC) in the College of Liberal Arts fosters the production of historical knowledge through collaborative engagement with institutions responsible for the sustainable stewardship of protected areas, water, and other critical resources. PLHC investigators and graduate students provide expertise in environmental history, historic preservation, Native American history, social history, museum studies, and cultural resource management. Ongoing research projects are funded by the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station, and the City of Fort Collins.
Director: Mark Fiege

Southern Rockies Fire Science Network

The Southern Rocky Fire Science Network was formed to facilitate collaboration between science practitioners and communities of science information users. The SRFSN includes Colorado and south central Wyoming. The SRFSN is sponsored by the Joint Fire Science Program, which also sponsors thirteen other fire science consortia.


Program Coordinator: Gloria Edwards

Water Center

The Water Center at Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins serves as a focal point to coordinate, leverage and enhance water related research, teaching and outreach at Colorado State University. Colorado State University provides one of the most water ‘rich’ research and educational settings available anywhere in the world. There are 22 departments at Colorado State University that house over 100 faculty who apply their disciplines to water issues and problems. The faculty teach over 150 water-related courses at the senior and graduate levels. In addition, CSU faculty and staff are engaged in solving water resources problems across the globe.


Director: Reagan Waskom