Resident Fellows

SoGES Resident Fellows are a select group of CSU faculty members who engage in scholarly, creative research and problem solving consistent with the mission and the six focal areas of the School. These positions provide unique opportunities for faculty to accelerate progress in research designed to meet global environmental challenges, and to engage in the academic life of the School and its affiliates. Fellows come from a broad range of disciplines including the biological and physical sciences, the social sciences and engineering fields related to sustainability. Chosen through an annual RFP process, we target CSU Faculty whose scholarly contributions to sustainability and communication of environmental stewardship will be significantly enhanced by receiving a Fellowship.

Name Research Focus Fellowship Year
Delwin Benson
Delwin Benson

Global sustainability for nature conservation to include private and communal lands, their managers, and the agencies, organizations, and governments that affect them.

2013-2014
Philip Cafaro
Philip Cafaro

Dr. Cafaro focuses on environmental ethics in terms of issues of limits to growth, sustainable consumption, and population ethics. He has argued that signs of global ecological degradation creates an ethical imperative to limit economic and demographic growth, and during his 2011-2012 resident fellowship, he focused on writing and publishing on this subject.

2011-2012, 2014-2015
Joe Champ
Joe Champ
2009-2010, 2012-2013
Eugene Chen
Eugene Chen
2011-2012, 2012-2013
Jennifer Coats
Jennifer Coats

Dr. Coats is a lecturer on special appointment with the Department of Finance and Real Estate, focusing on the difficult questions to address the difficult questions surrounding how to measure the success of a microfinance institution in terms of improving quality of life for the loan recipients and the institution’s viability as a self-sustaining enterprise.

2011-2012
Stuart Cottrell
Stuart Cottrell

Stuart Cottrell is an Associate Professor, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, and is focused on sustainable tourism development, travel and tourism behavior, visitor impact management, and decision making in travel and tourism. Present projects involve monitoring the socio-cultural impacts of sustainable tourism development in Europe’s protected areas in Sweden, Finland, Romania, Poland and Bulgaria with aims to reveal the connection between tourism and nature conservation practices and to contribute to the future development of Protected Area Network sites in Europe. For the SoGES Fellowship – Dr. Cottrell intends to develop an interdisciplinary approach to examine the impacts of Mountain Pine Beetle infestation of lodgepole pine ecosystems on the recreation and tourism industry.

2010-2011
Charles Davis
Charles Davis

Charles’ research will address efforts by federal and state agencies to deal with air quality impacts associated with the production of shale-based oil and gas resources in the U.S.

2015-2016
Tom Dean
Tom Dean

Dean’s plan is to investigate what happens when larger corporations with multiple lines of business purchase smaller companies that emphasize organic and/or products.

2017-2018
Robert Duffy
Robert Duffy
2012-2013
Colleen Duncan
Colleen Duncan

Colleen’s Fellowship will explore the concept of health as a unifying theme through which to promote conservation and sustainable use of public lands.

2015-2016
Sophie Esch
Sophie Esch

Esch’s fellowship plan is to explore the link between wildlife and drug trafficking in Latin American culture. She plans to work towards a book project about the ecological, political, and aesthetic implications of three major commodities that flow from and to Latin America: drugs, arms, and animals. Additionally, she plans to organize a colloquium on contraband and biodiversity in fall 2017.

2017-2018
Delphine Farmer
Delphine Farmer

Delphine’s research focus will combine instrument development and advanced analytical chemistry, with atmospheric science and physical chemistry, to understand air pollution and climate-relevant processes.

2014-2015
Maria Fernandez-Gimenez
Maria Fernandez-Gimenez

Maria’s Fellowship will explore how art and sustainability science intersect, and specifically how poetry, storytelling and music can be used to discover, analyze, and communicate about human-environmental relationships.

2015-2016
Chris Fisher
Chris Fisher

Christopher Fisher spent his time as a Resident Fellow continuing the work of SoGES's 2008-2009 GCRT, The Institute for Society, Landscape, and Ecosystem Change (ISLEC). Fisher will focus on human/environment perspectives, particularly complex land-use problems such as deforestation, urbanization, the wild land/urban interface, desertification, and land degradation. Most of Dr. Fisher's work will take place in Lake Pátzcuaro Basin in Mexico, where archaeologists, geologists, and geographers are trying to better understand the linked environmental and human prehistory.

2009-2010
Michael Gavin
Michael Gavin

Michael’s research focus will develop a network of researchers at CSU and beyond that seek to define, promote and examine biocultural approaches to conservation.

2014-2015
Julia Klein
Julia Klein

Klein’s fellowship will provide the opportunity to further develop a feature-length documentary film about a small and dedicated group of people in the Cordillera Blanca Region of Peru grappling with the immediate effects of climate change.

2017-2018
Stephan Kroll
Stephan Kroll

Efficient policies (green taxes, cap-and-trade, congestion pricing, to name a few prominent policies recommended by economists) to tackle environmental problems.

2013-2014
Yan Vivian Li
Yan Vivian Li
2016-2017
Stephen Mumme
Stephen Mumme
2016-2017
Erika Osborne
Erika Osborne

Erica’s research focus will foster the creation of sustainable solutions by creating public awareness towards the issues that face our region. She will create several paintings in a larger body of work addressing contemporary artifacts of Manifest Destiny (the boom of industry, development and growth, with all its subsequent issues, that we see in the American West today).

2014-2015
Anna Perry
Anna Perry

Perry’s key objective is to explore sustainable disposal methods from consumption perspectives and use these methods to make sustainable smart clothing to meet consumer needs.

2017-2018
Kyle Saunders
Kyle Saunders

The influence of institutional, social, and political characteristics that explain and predict urban sustainability practices and urban sustainability challenges and other pre-cursors to policy.

2013-2014
Andy Seidl
Andy Seidl

Seidl will work on the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) to create educational products and training on conservation finance and environmental mainstreaming. BIOFIN partners with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to quantify country level biodiversity investment gaps and to identify policy strategies to bridge the gap.

2017-2018
Kenneth Shockley
Kenneth Shockley

Shockley’s fellowship will involve an investigation into the connections between the reasons that move us as individuals and those that we use to justify policy decisions to one another, and how these connections shape our response to environmental problems.

2017-2018
Sid Suryanarayanan
Sid Suryanarayanan

Dr. Suryanarayanan is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and will be focusing on laying groundwork for interdisciplinary research on the causes and effects of climate change legislation on the topology and operation of emerging electric distribution systems.  Particular focus will be on creating mathematical models of optimal topologies and operation philosophies of the distribution grid that include various emerging assets such as renewable energy sources, energy storage devices including plug-in hybrid vehicles subject to constraints of climate change regulation.

2011-2012
William Timpson
William Timpson

Dr. Timpson is a Professor with the School of Education.  Previously, Dr. Timpson served as the lead PI for the Global Challenges Research Team focused on writing case studies on the conflicts that often occur around competition for natural resources and what could be learned through Peace and Reconciliation.  He plans on paralleling this work on researching the teaching and learning of sustainability and has integrated his work into existing classes already being taught, as well as the creation of new classes.

2011-2012
Craig Trumbo
Craig Trumbo
2016-2017
Yu Wei
Yu Wei

Yu Wei is interested in developing spatially explicit simulation and optimization techniques to support researches and decision makings in natural resource science and management. The SoGES fellowship will allow him  to build a computer modeling system and use it to study the probability dynamics of complex human and forest system in Colorado.  Read through Dr. Wei's work: http://lp.warnercnr.colostate.edu.

2010-2011
Andrea Williams
Andrea Williams

Williams will focus on completing her book, Planting Politics: French Forestry, Pastoralism, and Empire in the Nineteenth-century Mediterranean World as part of her research into the nineteenth-century French forest regime and how it dramatically transformed human relations with the environment within and beyond the borders of France.

2016-2017
Sammy Zahran
Sammy Zahran

Sammy Zahran, an Assistant Professor with the Department of Economics, arrived in Colorado from the George Bush School of Public Service at Texas A&M University, where he completed his post-doctoral training. Since arriving at CSU, Dr. Zahran has published many interdisciplinary articles in fields of demography, economics, epidemiology, environmental planning and science, politics and policy, applied statistics, and toxicology. More recently he has focused on, and will use his fellowship time to meaningfully extend research interests in the demography and social epidemiology of anthropogenic and natural hazards.

2009-2010