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Warner College 2014 New Hires

Warner College of Natural Resources is continually growing and attracting remarkable natural resource professionals and educators from around the world. Join us in welcoming our recent hires to the Warner College family.

JOHN P. HAYES, DEAN, WARNER COLLEGE OF NATURAL RESOURCES
A big welcome to John P. Hayes who was selected as the new dean of the Warner College of Natural Resources! Hayes began his position as dean in June 2014 after the University had initiated a nationwide search to fill this position. He has extensive leadership experience and valuable knowledge in the field of natural resources.

Hayes earned his Ph.D in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University, his M.S. in biology from Southern Oregon State College, and his undergraduate degree in wildlife science from Oregon State University.  Prior to joining the College, Hayes was the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Dean for Research and director of the Florida Agricultural Station in Gainesville. While at the University of Florida, Hayes chaired the department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and served as director of the Ordway-Swisher Biological Station, as well as taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level. He also served as the associate dean for international programs at Oregon State, in the College of Forestry. We are all delighted to welcome him to the College! 
WENDY ROSE, CAREER CENTER LIAISON, WARNER COLLEGE OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Welcome to Wendy Rose who is the career center liaison for the Warner College of Natural Resources. She has a diversity of experience ranging from apparel manufacturing, fundraising, counseling, and corporate finance. She found her passion doing career services and has worked in this for 10 years in both a law school environment and at CSU’s Career Center as the Liaison to the College of Liberal Arts.

Rose earned her B.A. in English literature and her M.Ed. in counseling. She also obtained a CPA certification route for accounting and is MBTI certified. She wants to help people realize their full potential using their strengths, interests and unique qualities to build a better world. 
JONATHAN CLIFTON, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, WARNER COLLEGE OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Welcome to Jonathan Clifton who joined Warner College of Natural Resources as the Director of Development. Clifton has worked with CSU since 2011. Prior to this position, Clifton was the director of development for CSU’s College of Liberal Arts. Clifton works to strengthen engagement with the College, interacting with alumni and both individual and institutional friends to further the College’s mission and goals.

Clifton earned his B.A. in music performance from Indiana University.  He also earned his M.B.A. and his M.A. in arts administration from the University of Cincinnati. 
TIMOTHY COVINO, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DEPt. OF ECOSYSTEM SCIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY
The College welcomes Timothy Covino who joined the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability as an assistant professor of watershed science.  Aside from teaching, Covino’s research focuses on the movement of water, elements, and energy through landscapes and his research goal is to improve fundamental understanding in watershed science and provide enhanced land and natural resource management decision-making tools.

Covino earned his Ph.D. in ecology and environmental sciences in 2012 and his M.S. in land resources and environmental sciences in 2005 from Montana State University.  He earned his B.A. in environmental, population, and organismic biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2000. Prior to his position at CSU, Covino was an NSF postdoctoral research fellow with the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University as well as an NSF Montana EPSCOR Institute on Ecosystems Graduate Dissertation Fellow at Montana State University. 
CHRISTOPHER KOTALIK, RESEARCH ASSOCIATE I, DEPT. OF FISH, WILDLIFE AND CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
The College welcomes Christopher Kotalik who was hired as a research associate with William Clements in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology in November 2013. As a research associate with a focus in aquatic entomology and ecotoxicology, Kotalik conducts lab-based experiments, does field sampling and taxonomic identification of aquatic insects, conducts toxicity tests with aquatic organisms, analyses water quality, and performs routine laboratory management.

Kotalik earned his B.S. in forestry, forest biology/fisheries, and aquatic sciences from CSU in 2012. Before this position, he worked as an aquatic technician for Timberline Aquatics Inc. and as an education and outreach coordinator for The City of Fort Collins. 
LANI STINSON, CONSERVATION BIOLOGY RESEARCH ASSOCIATE I, DEPt. OF FISH, WILDLIFE AND CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
Welcome to Lani Stinson who joined the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology in March 2014 as a research associated I in Dr. Liba Pejchar’s lab.  Stinson is working on a project examining bird and mammal communities in landscapes undergoing energy development in the Piceance Basin of Colorado.  She is also investigating mammal use of sites that underwent natural disturbance from fires in summer 2012.

Stinson earned her B.S. in biology from Bates College in 2005. Prior to this position, Stinson worked for Colorado Parks and Wildlife on various wildlife research projects across the state, mainly studying avifauna in prairie ecosystems.  Prior to moving to Colorado, Stinson spent three years working as a biologist for an environmental consulting firm in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 
SETH EX, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DEPt. OF FOREST AND RANGELAND STEWARDSHIP
The College welcomes Seth Ex who joined the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship  in 2014 as an assistant professor. Prior to this position, Ex was a graduate research assistant for FRS at CSU. He was also a forestry technician with the State of Utah and the USDA Forest Service.
 
Ex earned his Ph.D. in forest sciences in 2014 and his M.S. in forest sciences in 2011 from CSU. He also earned his B.S. in forestry from Utah State University in 2009. 
ERIN BELVAL, POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW, DEPT. OF FOREST AND RANGELAND STEWARDSHIP
Welcome to Erin Belval who joined Warner College in January 2014 as a post-doctoral fellow working with Yu Wei in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship. Belval is currently working on a joint project between the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station and CSU to study fire suppression resource drawdown. Belval is specifically looking at the historical fire management data in order to quantify how drawdown has worked in the past and to determine which factors and interactions significantly influence drawdown decisions.

Belval earned her Ph.D. in forestry from CSU in November 2013 with a dissertation that developed a stochastic mixed integer program to model wildfire behavior and optimize fire suppression decisions. She also earned her M.S. in operations research from CSU in 2011 and her B.A. in physics from Reed College in 2008. 
RICHARD ASTER, DEPARTMENT HEAD, DEPt. OF GEOSCIENCES
Congratulations and welcome to Richard Aster who joined the College as the department head for the Department of Geosciences in January 2014. Aster leads the Department in strengthening, diversifying, and expanding its academic and research programs. He also emphasizes and facilitates engagement of the Department’s alumni and connects them with opportunities to strengthen geoscience programs.

Aster earned his Ph.D. in earth science from the University of California in 1991, his M.S. in geophysics from the University of Wisconsin and his B.S. in electrical and computer engineering with an additional major in physics from the University of Wisconsin. Aster served as a professor of geophysics in New Mexico Tech’s Department of Earth and Environmental Science for the past 13 years, where he also served as the Department Chair. He is currently on the board of directors for the 107-year-old Seismology Society of America and a current member of American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America and number of other Earth science societies and organizations. 
RICHARD MARKEY, RESEARCH ASSOCIATE IV, DEPT. OF GEOSCIENCES
Welcome to Richard Markey who re-joined the College in June 2013 as a research associate with the AIRIE Program in the Department of Geosciences. Markey works as a research associate with Holly Stein and his role with this program has largely been devoted to assembling a database of the ages and locations of molybdenite occurrences around the world and doing various laboratory and analytical work.

Prior to this, Markey was a field geologist in the Peace Corps in Honduras. He recently earned his teaching credentials and worked at Poudre High School in Fort Collins teaching science and math to English Language learners. Markey earned his L.D.E. from the University of Colorado in 2009 and his M.Ed. in educational leadership from CSU in 2007. He also earned his M.S. in geochemistry from Northern Illinois University in 1990 and his B.S. in geology from the University of Vermont in 1987. 


DEREK WITT, RESEARCH ASSOCIATE II, DEPT. OF GEOSCIENCES
Welcome to Derek Witt who started full-time as a research associate with Judith Hannah in January 2014 for the CSU-National Park Service Geologic Resources Inventory Cooperative.  The program creates detailed and cartographically accurate Geographic Information Systems and accompanying reports describing geologic resources for each National Park unit.  A principal audience is park managers, but the products are of broad use for other geologists and the general public.

Witt earned his B.S. in geology from CSU in 2013 and plans to attend geology graduate schools in fall 2015. He would like to pursue an M.S. in geophysics and one day work for USGS. 
WESLEY WHITE, PROGRAM PLANNER, DEPT. OF HUMAN DIMENSIONS OF NATURAL RESOURCES
The College welcomes Wesley White who was officially given a full-time position as program planner for the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources in January 2014, although he has been a part of the department since May 2012.

White is currently an M.S. candidate in HDNR at CSU. He earned his B.S. in bible and theology and philosophy from Asbury University and his second B.S. in natural resources management and forestry from CSU. He has over seven years of experience in working in community development for non-profits, churches, and para-church organizations. 
KELLY JONES, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DEPt. OF HUMAN DIMENSIONS OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Welcome to Kelly Jones who joined the College as an assistant professor of ecological economics in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources in 2014. Her research and teaching focus on ecosystem services and ecological economics. Her current research projects include evaluations of the effectiveness of payments for ecosystem services programs in Oregon and Mexico and analyses of drivers of land cover change in Mesoamerica and Ecuador.

Jones earned her Ph.D. in forestry and wildlife ecology in 2011 and her M.A. in agricultural and applied economics in 2009 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her M.S. in natural resources management from North Carolina State University in 2005 and her B.S. in biology from Meredith College in 2000. Prior to joining CSU, Jones was an assistant professor at the University of Idaho. 
SAM MARTIN, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DEPt. OF HUMAN DIMENSIONS OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Warner College welcomes Sam Martin who joined the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources in January 2013 as an assistant professor and program planning coordinator for the Department’s Master of Tourism Management program. Martin has more than 25 years of industry experience having owned and operated several tourism-oriented businesses.  His current research focus is on heritage values, learning theory, and their relationship to visitor motivation.

Martin earned his Ph.D. in heritage tourism from CSU in 2014 and his B.A. in political science from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs in 2005. 
NATALIE OOI, INSTRUCTOR, DEPT. OF HUMAN DIMENSIONS OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Welcome to Natalie Ooi who joined the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources in 2014 as an instructor with the Masters of Tourism Management program.  Ooi is also the lead developer for the ski area management graduate certificate at CSU.

Ooi earned her Ph.D. in business and economics from Monash University in 2013. Prior to her position at CSU, she was a research assistant at Monash University in Australia. 
JENNIFER SOLOMON, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DEPt. OF HUMAN DIMENSIONS OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Welcome to Jennifer Solomon who joined the College as an assistant professor in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources in 2012. Solomon developed the undergraduate field program at CSU, Integrated Social and Ecological Field Methods in Belize. She also directs programs in the Conservation Leadership Through Learning Master’s degree program at CSU.

Solomon earned her Ph.D. in wildlife ecology and conservation from the University of Florida in 2007, her M.A. in environmental policy from Tufts University in 2000 and her B.S. in political science and environmental studies from the University at Buffalo, New York in 1993. Prior to her position at CSU, Solomon was a teaching assistant at the University of Florida and a program assistant for the U.S. Forest Service International Programs. 
 
LINA XIONG, DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN DIMENSIONS OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Welcome to Lina Xiong who is working on curriculum development in Mandarin for the Master of Tourism Management degree course delivery in China. Xiong earned her Ph.D. in business administration from Temple University in 2014, her M.S. in hospitality information management from University of Delaware in 2008, and her B.A. in tourism management from Jinan University, Guangzhou, China in 2006. Prior to her position at CSU, Xiong was an instructor at Marshall University. 


 
MICHAEL CZAJA, POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW, DEPT. OF HUMAN DIMENSIONS OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Welcome to Michael Czaja who joined the College as a NSF-funded post-doctoral fellow with Stuart Cottrell in January 2013 for the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. Currently, Czaja is part of a joint, interdisciplinary Colorado State University-Colorado School of Mines research team funded by the NSF to examine water quality and supply impacts from climate-induced insect tree mortality and resource management in the Rocky Mountain West.

Czaja earned his Ph.D. in human dimensions of natural resources from CSU in December 2012. He also earned his M.S. in international relations from Troy University and his B.A. in social science from Saint Bonaventure University. He also serves as a fire prevention volunteer with the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, and a volunteer wildland firefighter and public information officer trainee with the Emergency Services Section, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.
ZHIBIN SUN, RESEARCH SCIENTIST I, NATURAL RESOURCE ECOLOGY LABORATORY
The Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory welcomes Zhibin Sun who was hired as a research scientist in April 2014. Sun specializes in data assimilation theories and algorithm development and is responsible for developing new algorithms and tailoring UVMRP products to specialized stakeholder needs. His research interests are in application and development of data assimilation algorithms to Earth’s dynamic systems and large-scale numerical stimulations of nonlinear dynamic systems.

Sun graduated with a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of Maryland in 2007. Prior to his current position, he worked as a research scientist at the Universities Space Research Association from July 2011 to August 2013.  
SARAH KING, RESEARCH ASSOCIATE III, NATURAL RESOURCE ECOLOGY LABORATORY
The College welcomes Sarah King who joined the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory as a research associate in August 2013. King works with Kate Schoenecker to conduct research on feral horses and her work involves proposing and conducting research with USGS colleagues to provide a scientific background for management of feral equids by the BLM, and generally furthering knowledge about equid behavior and ecology.

King earned her Ph.D. from Queen Mary, University of London. Before moving to Fort Collins, King studied small mammals and their food resources along elevational gradients in the Front Range and San Juan Mountains, based at the University of Colorado. She has been a member of the IUCN Equid Specialist Group since 1999, and in 2013 became Coordinator of the Equid Red List Authority for the IUCN. She has also been project manager for conservation projects in Mongolia: the Steppe Forward Programme for the Zoological Society of London, and Association Takh’s integrated conservation project. Both of these positions involved working closely with local stakeholders and increasing awareness and education of conservation issues, while also researching the local wildlife.

 
PUJA GURUNG, RESEARCH ASSOCIATE II, NATURAL RESOURCE ECOLOGY LABORATORY
Welcome to Puja Gurung who joined the College in April 2014 as a research associate with Stephen Ogle for the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory. Gurung is working as a software developer for the Agriculture and Land Use National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Software Project. Before this position, she was working as an intern for the same project.

Gurung recently earned her M.S.B.A. with a concentration in computer information system from the College of Business at CSU in 2013.  
XUDONG ZHU, POST-DOCTORAL, NATURAL RESOURCE ECOLOGY LABORATORY
The College welcomes Xudong Zhu who was hired as a post-doctoral for the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory in May 2014. Zhu works with Matthew Wallenstein and his research focuses on incorporating microbial ecology and soil carbon cycling processes into earth system models to predict future high-latitude carbon-climate feedbacks.

Zhu earned a Ph.D. in earth science from Purdue University in 2014 with research focusing on quantifying land-atmospheric exchanges of methane and carbon dioxides in northern high latitudes. Zhu also earned his M.S. in ecology from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2010.  
 

 

CEMML New Hires 2014 
CSU’s Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) has grown significantly over the past year and is continuing to strengthen its role as a leader in providing environmental management services on federal lands. CEEML’s team grew from 230 full time positions to more than 350 from March 2013 to August 2014. Below are CEMML newest hires - welcome to the Warner family!  
 
Stephanie Austin 
Shirley Bailey 
Nathan Balog
Anthony Becker
Jonathan Branch
Jamie Brand
Sabrina Broderick
Christopher Byrne
Michael Callen
Tara Chaffee
Kathy Couturier
Jessie Crawford 
Elizabeth Davis
Natalie Dierx
Michael Fetsko
Walter Gee
Franklin Gibbs
Maria Gutierrez
Gary Harris
Matthew Hinkley
Christopher Hoeft
Harold Hornung
Brian Jeter
Kristen Jicha
Charlene Johnson
Michelle Langsdorf
Brian Lee
David Leptien
Aaron Nickolotsky
Terry Norris
Michelle Ocken 
Craig Ostrom 
Jean Paul Pentecouteau 
Richard Port
Douglas Robertson
Michael Schmaeling 
Dylan Scott
Kraig Scott
Brian Shaw
Michael Silvia
Mary Stratford 
Landon Webb 
Kyle Wells 
Randall Wilkinson

Posted on 9/8/14 by Taylor Jaquez
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