Sustainability Leadership Fellow Cohort: 2019-2020
Ph.D. Student, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship
Research Summary:Rangeland social-ecological systems in Northeastern (NE) Colorado are undergoing linked land-use, livelihood, and identity transitions. While changes in land cover have been well studied empirically, multi-scale, multi-level research on the mechanisms and impacts of land use and land cover change is limited. To inform appropriate land use policies, research is needed to understand the drivers and impacts of change in context. To address this need, I apply mixed-methods to investigate the social-ecological change in NE Colorado by examining the interrelationships between shifting rancher identities and livelihoods, associated land use transitions, and their social and ecological causes and consequences.