Our Research

Research in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability is conducted both locally and across the globe.  Below is a list of our faculty's current research projects.  For a geographical representation, please use our Google Maps application.

Africa, Kenya. Gnu Landscapes, Wildebeest Forage Acquisition in Fragmented Landscapes Under Variable Climate, Funded by NSF, Dr. Randall Boone

Alaska, Toolik Lake and Thule Air Force Base, Greenland. Arctic and Alpine Microbial Ecology, Enzymes in the Environment Research Coordination Network, Funded by NSF, Dr. Matthew Wallenstein

Antartica, Byer's Penninsula, Livingston Island, South Shetland Islands. Climate Change, Hydrology and Snowpack Processes. A Local Aeolian Influence in the Surface Roughness of Melting Snow, Travel to Antarctic and logistical support for fieldwork was provided by the Spanish Polar Commission, Maritime Technology Unit, CSIC and from the Las Palmas crew,  Dr. Steven Fassnacht

Colorado, Pawnee National Grasslands. Shortgrass Steppe Long Term Ecological Research, Examining Ecosystem Persistence and Responses to Global Change, Funded by NSF, Dr. John Moore

Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park. Loch Vale Watershed Long Term Ecological Research and Monitoring Program, addresses watershed-scale ecosystem processes, particularly as they respond to atmospheric deposition and climate variability, Dr. Jill Baron, Dr. Stephanie Kampf, Dr. Matthew Wallenstein

Greenland, Thule Air Force Base and Toolik Lake, Alaska. Arctic and Alpine Microbial Ecology, Enzymes in the Environment Research Coordination Network, Funded by NSF, Dr. Matthew Wallenstein

Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. Community-Based Rangeland Ecosystem Management and Climate Change Resilience in Mongolia, Funded by NSF, María Fernández-Giménez (FRS), Robin Reid (CCC), Jes Thompson (HDNR), and Melinda Laituri and Steven Fassnacht (ESS).

South Dakota, Wind Cave National Park and Mount Rushmore National Park. Ecological impacts of mechanical fuels treatments, Dr. Monique Rocca

Tibet, China.  Ecosystem and Herder Vulnerability to Extreme Weather Events on the Tibetan Plateau, Funded by NSF, Drs. Julia Klein, Randall Boone, Dennis Ojima (ESS), Dr. Kathleen Galvin (Anthropology/NREL)