2018-2019 Resident Fellows

Troy Ocheltree

Troy Ocheltree
Assistant Professor, Department of Forestry and Rangeland Stewardship, Colorado State University
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Fellowship Year: 
2018-2019
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Troy Ocheltree’s research aims to quantify the amount of water plants use through time and identify the different ‘strategies’ plants can utilize to survive droughts. A key component of this research is identifying how deep the roots of different plants can grow below the ground surface. His Fellowship will develop improved methods to quantify plant rooting depth without the need to dig up roots that can extend more than 10 feet below the soil surface.

Doug Cloud

Doug Cloud
Assistant Professor, Department of English, Colorado State University
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Fellowship Year: 
2018-2019
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Doug Cloud, an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition in the Department of English, will complete his study of changing representations of scientists in public deliberation surrounding climate change. He is studying how disagreeing parties simultaneously criticize scientists for being “involved” (i.e. compromised by money, ideology or politics) and how this characterization might re-shape our understanding of the role of scientists and scientific expertise in public policy debate.

Mark Easter

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Senior Research Associate, Natural Resources Ecology Laboratory
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Fellowship Year: 
2018-2019
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Mark Easter, in collaboration with Amy Swan, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory and Keith Paustian, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, is synthesizing decades of field research, computer modeling, site visits, and analysis of food production into the book The Blue Plate: A Food Lover’s Guide to Climate Change. The book will tell the story of the carbon footprint of food on the American plate through the lives of innovative farmers and ranchers implementing cutting edge techniques to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in American agriculture.

Anders Fremstad

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Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Colorado State University
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Fellowship Year: 
2018-2019
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Anders Fremstad will study the incidence of a carbon tax in the State of Colorado. Placing a price on carbon disproportionately burdens low-income households, but rebating carbon tax revenues in equal dividends can protect the purchasing power of most Coloradans, including the vast majority of residents in the bottom half of the income distribution. This project builds on Fremstad’s national analysis by accounting for Colorado’s expenditure patterns and fuel mix.

Marcela Velasco

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Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Colorado State University
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Fellowship Year: 
2018-2019
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Marcela Velasco will lead a survey on ethno-territorial governance in a post-conflict society. The work will be completed in collaboration with stakeholders from indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities in Colombia’s Pacific coast, a biodiversity hotspot and the site of recent armed conflict. Marcela’s Fellowship will help design and oversee the execution of a survey with help from the Jenzerá Working Group (an experienced ethnic rights NGO) and indigenous and Afro-Colombian leaders participating in Jenzerá’s “Interethnic School for Conflict Resolution."

Ruoh-Nan Yan

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Associate Professor, Department of Design and Merchandising, Colorado State University
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Fellowship Year: 
2018-2019
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Terry Yan’s study will explore the interests among university faculty and students in potential incorporation of virtual reality technology in apparel and merchandising curricula. Virtual reality features visualization, immersion, and interaction, and allows users, particularly apparel and merchandising students, to see the “reality” settings around the world (e.g. apparel factors in Vietnam; rivers polluted by chemicals dyes in India). The ultimate goal of the study is to promote transformative learning among university students in understanding clothing and sustainability.