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Ana Bossa

Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Cohort: 2015-2016 Ph.D. Student, Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management Research Summary: Rice is essential for food security, providing income and food for half of the world’s population. Bacterial diseases are major constraints to rice yield worldwide. Planting resistant varieties is the most effective and sustainable way to control them. My research […]

September 25, 2018


Paul Brewer

Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Cohort: 2013-2014 Ph.D Candidate, Department of Biology Research Summary: During my studies I have come to realize that agriculture has an enormous impact on greenhouse gases and other major environmental issues and that many of these impacts are translated through the microbes inhabiting agricultural soils. Because if this I am now studying these […]

September 14, 2018


Jasmine Bruno

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 […]

May 6, 2019


Molly Butler

Sustainability Leadership Fellow Cohort: 2019-2020 Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology Research Summary: I study how dengue, a tropical virus, makes people sick. Dengue virus, like all viruses, completely depends on the cell that it infects in order to replicate. When dengue virus infects a cell, we know that it can change the […]

May 2, 2019


Rachel Buxton

Sustainability Leadership Fellow Cohort: 2017-2018 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Research Summary:As a broadly trained conservation biologist, I study the science of sound in a landscape, known as soundscape ecology. Sounds are a fundamental property of the natural environment – where animal vocalizations regulate ecological processes, for example predator-prey interactions. In […]

February 15, 2018


Eleanor Campbell

Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Cohort: 2014-2015 Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability Research Summary: Eleanor uses ecosystem models to simulate how soils are affected by growing crops for fuel (e.g. sugarcane for ethanol). We live in a world largely dependent on burning fossil fuel for energy. This energy source contributes to global climate change by […]

September 25, 2018


Jonathan Care

Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Cohort: 2014-2015 Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Economics Research Summary: Jonathan is an economist interested in international environmental issues. His research focuses on how much influence other countries’ choices of pollution limits and labor laws have on our own environmental and labor standards. He is also interested in how this interdependence affects the pattern […]


Karie Cherwin

Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Cohort: 2011-2012 Ph.D. Student, Department of Biology Research Summary: The devastating “Dust Bowl” of the 1930’s resulted from severe drought that lasted for multiple years in addition to poor land management practices. Recent climate models predict that extreme weather events, such as severe drought, will occur more frequently and intensely in the future […]

August 24, 2018


Amber Childress-Runyon

Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Cohort: 2015-2016 Ph.D. Student, Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability Research Summary: My research focuses on the interactions and feedbacks between ecological and social systems, specifically how people respond and adapt to environmental changes and how their responses impact or change ecosystems.  I am currently investigating water management in the South Platte River […]

September 25, 2018


Cibi Vishnu Chinnasamy

Sustainability Leadership Fellow Cohort: 2019-2020 Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Urban Water Systems Research Summary: Water is intimately connected with the food and energy systems in the cities. However, climate change combined with the effects of population growth and increase in water demand, puts a lot of cities around the world […]

May 2, 2019


Libby Christensen

Sustainability Leadership Fellow Cohort: 2017-2018 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics Research Summary: Trained broadly as a geographer, I use quantitative and qualitative data to better understand the challenges and opportunities to building a more sustainable and resilient food system. Currently, I am researching the impacts of food and agriculture on rural wealth […]

February 9, 2018


Wayne Chuang

Sustainability Leadership Fellow Cohort: 2019-2020 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Department of Atmospheric Science Research Summary: I am investigating how air pollution is formed from gases and particles that are released around us–from trees and flowers to cars and trucks. Some of these gases are organic, or containing carbon atoms, and they can react […]

May 2, 2019


Andrea Clements

Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Cohort: 2014-2015 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Atmospheric Science Research Summary: Andrea’s current research involves measuring air emissions from new oil and gas wells being drilled in Garfield County, Colorado. Specifically, it involves taking out vehicles equipped with some real-time samplers to measure methane and acetylene, some canisters to collect whole-air samples which can […]

September 25, 2018


Stephen Cohen

Sustainability Leadership Fellow Cohort: 2017-2018 Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Bioagricultural and Pest Management Research Summary:I study how climate change affects plant disease in crops. Plant diseases cause a 10% reduction in food production each year, and these diseases are often more severe at high temperatures. The cause for this phenomenon is unknown. Using computational analysis […]

February 15, 2018


Tessa Conroy

Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Cohort: 2013-2014 Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Economics Research Summary: I chose to study Economics because of my interest in local economic development and inequality.   As a graduate student, I learned of the large gender gap in business ownership and performance that exists nearly everywhere in the United States.  In trying to understand […]

September 14, 2018


Renee Curry

Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Cohort: 2015-2016 Ph.D. Student, Department of Atmospheric Science Research Summary: Severe, prolonged droughts are predicted to occur more frequently due to global climate change. Droughts cause a variety of economic, social and environmental stresses. My research uses an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates both meteorological and ecological data into a computer model to see […]

September 25, 2018


Ellen Daugherty

Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Cohort: 2015-2016 Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Chemistry Research Summary: The complexity of large- and small-scale processes controlling global climate makes predicting future trends extremely difficult. My research aims to better understand some of the small-scale processes involved in carbon cycling, a major factor in global climate change. I examine how iron interacts with […]


Daniel Deisenroth

Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Cohort: 2011-2012 Ph. D. Student, Department of Agricultural Resource Economics Research Summary: My research focuses on recreational fishery management. Recreational fisheries are managed in a number of ways, but in the United States, one of the most costly and widely used methods is fish stocking (i.e. raising fish and putting them into the […]

August 24, 2018


Adam Dillon

Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Cohort: 2015-2016 Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Research Summary: For thousands of years, the endemic Island fox roamed the northern California Channel Islands free from predators, but in the 1990’s golden eagles became established and caused a 95% decline in the fox population. The causes of golden eagle establishment […]

September 25, 2018


Erin Dougherty

Sustainability Leadership Fellow Cohort: 2018-2019 Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Atmospheric Science Research Summary: Floods are the second deadliest natural disaster in the U.S., with an increased risk of flooding expected due to climate change. The mechanisms by which floods in the U.S. might change in a future climate has not been explicitly examined and is […]

May 23, 2018


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