Warner College of Natural Resources Honor Alumnus

Roger C. Steininger (Ph.D., 1986) collected his first mineral specimen at the age of 12 somewhere in Detroit, Mich., and knew that a lifelong passion would develop. Dr. Steininger has been involved in metallic mineral exploration and development for almost 50 years, starting at the Climax molybdenum mine near Leadville, Colo. He has been involved in numerous mineral deposit discoveries, including the Pipeline gold deposit in Nevada, which contained in excess of 20 million ounces of gold. Recently, he was a founding partner of NuLegacy Gold Corp., which is a publicly traded company that has discovered the Iceberg gold deposit in central Nevada.
Dr. Steininger has been associated with Colorado State University since the mid-1970s when he decided to complete a Ph.D. in geology. The departmental faculty was extremely supportive of his need to continue full employment in the Denver area while attending classes in Fort Collins. This was the start of his close association with the University and the Warner College of Natural Resources. Deeper roots were developed when his daughter, Kimberly Ann Burrows, graduated in 1995 from CSU with a B.A. in journalism. Dr. Steininger is a current member of the Dean’s Council of the Warner College and is chair of the Geosciences Advisory Council. Dr. Steininger and his wife, LuAnne, have also endowed a scholarship in the Department of Geosciences.
Dr. Steininger has many outside interests and volunteer associations. He recently retired as chair of the Geological Society of Nevada Foundation, is treasurer and past board member of the Historic Reno Preservation Society, and is active in the Nevada Historical Society. For the past 20-plus years he has written a quarterly U.S. exploration review column for the Society of Economic Geologists Newsletter. Dr. Steininger has numerous economic geology and mining history publications to his credit.
One of the most important aspects of Dr. Steininger’s life is family. He and LuAnne recently celebrated 50 years of marriage, and have lived in Reno, Nev., for the last 35 years. Their two children, Kimberly and Gary, also live in the Reno area with their spouses. Four grandchildren complete the family.

Alumni Spotlight: Adam Miller, Class of 2013

For the Birds
by Becky Jensen (’93)
Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology alum Adam Miller’s ('13) compassionate approach to community-based conservation is making a difference for the birds of Indonesia and its people alike.

In the summer of 2001, a young boy held a baby parrot for the first time as it flopped and squawked for more food. He slowly moved the dropper closer to the bird’s prehistoric-looking head as it wobbled, blind and hungry, from side to side. Like the story of the ugly duckling, the boy knew the scrawny chick would grow into a beautiful and clever lorikeet, a colorful parrot found in Southeast Asia and Australia. He also knew the vulnerable bird needed his help to survive.

So while other ten-year-olds were frittering away their summer vacations, Adam Miller (’13) was volunteering to hand-feed parrot chicks at a local pet store in St. Louis, and learning about their native habitat on the other side of the world.

By the time Miller was a teenager, he was a walking-talking encyclopedia of Indonesia, an island nation home to some of the best parrot diversity in the world. He learned that many of the Indonesian birds he loved were threatened by unprecedented rates of poaching and habitat loss. Read More…

Posted June 21, 2016

Warner Alumni Pioneers for Women in Natural Resources

Sisters Mary McAfee Sealing (B.S., 75’, M.S., 77’) and Gina McAfee (B.S., 77’) fell in love with nature early in life thanks to numerous outdoor experiences with their family. Their parents valued education greatly, and made it clear to the girls that they would attend college. When it came time to set a course of study the choice was clear; study the environment they’d enjoyed on the camping trips and hikes they’d taken so often. So they both decided to study natural resources at Colorado State University.
While that may not seem remarkable today, in the 1970s young women weren’t well represented in natural resource fields. These Warner College alumni were pioneers for women in their fields, and they continued to be trailblazers throughout their successful careers.
Sealing graduated with a B.S. in Fisheries Biology in 1975, and continued on to become the first woman at CSU to earn a M.S. in Fisheries Biology in 1977. “I wanted to have an impact on the things that were happening to our natural resources,” reflected Sealing. “I also wanted to avoid having a job where I’d be sitting at a desk most of the time!”
Sealing took summer fieldwork with various state and federal agencies that gave her great insights into agency careers. When she was finished with her bachelors, she got an opportunity to continue her education with a research assistantship studying the effects of reservoir drawdown on fish that lived in the reservoirs.
Just as she was finishing her master’s degree the Colorado Division of Wildlife (now Colorado Parks and Wildlife) was seeking researchers in their Aquatic Research and she worked as a fisheries biologist from 1977 until 2001. In addition to her work on alpine lakes, fish stocking rates and timing, and whirling disease she helped the Division with strategic planning and establishing an environmental philosophy.


Alumni Spotlight: August Ritter, Class of 2008 & 2012

August Ritter, (B.S. ’08, M.S. ’12)
August Ritter (B.S. ’08, M.S. ’12) began forming a global perspective before he could walk or talk. He spent the first years of his life absorbing the sights and sounds of Africa while his parents were missionaries running a nutrition center in Zambia.

The family returned home to Denver in 1990, where Ritter grew up exploring Colorado’s many natural wonders. Ritter credits his mom for sparking his lifelong love affair with the outdoors.

When it was time to choose a college, he looked at in-state options to stay close to his three younger siblings. His dad had earned an undergraduate degree at CSU before going to law school at CU Boulder, so Ritter decided to check out his father’s two alma maters.

The Buffs were not friendly and the Rams were very welcoming,” Ritter says matter-of-factly. Both were good schools, but the down-to-earth Ram community made Ritter’s final decision easy.” Read More… (link to magazine page)

Posted October 14, 2015

R.S. Knaub Science Award Encourages Sustainability Innovations

Sophomore conservation biology major Molly Warner is the 2015 recipient of the Richard S. Knaub Science Award. Warner is an ideal candidate for the award, which is focused on promoting innovations in science related to sustainability, due to her passion for sustaining biodiversity while accounting for human development and well-being.
In her brief college career Warner has participated in a variety of jobs related to conservation biology including field research in the Piceance Basin on wildlife and plant communities, volunteer work in the Liba Pejchar lab categorizing mammals from wildlife camera traps, and as an intern with The Nature Conservancy at their Phantom Canyon Preserve.
“Molly is bright, curious, hard-working, passionate about wildlife and dedicated to research that achieves sustainability for both natural and human communities,” said Associate Professor Liba Pejchar.
Warner has proposed using the award for a research project with Pejchar’s lab to evaluate the ecological impacts of management practices in the Piceance Basin that are intended to provide additional forage for mule deer.