Meet FRS Faculty and Staff

Faculty & Staff
Dr. Tony Cheng
Instructor Rocky Coleman teaches dendrology
Dr. David Cooper stands knee deep in wetland ecology
Professor & Director, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute
Forest governance, policy, and administration; forest landscape restoration; participatory, collaborative strategies.
 Geographic information systems, global positioning systems, forest ecogeography and dendrology.
Senior Research Scientist
Ecosystems characterized by a perennial, seasonal or periodic abundance of water, including peatlands, streams/rivers and their floodplains, marshes, springs, wet meadows, and salt flats.
Assistant Professor
Microbial and chemical ecology of plant-insect interactions in forest and agricultural ecosystems, population genetics and phenomics of plants and insects
Dr. Seth Ex takes a measurement.
Dr. Maria Fernandez Gimenez rides a Mongolian horse
Dr. Larry Grosse is the program coordinator for the Fire & Emergency Services Administration BS
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Rebekah Pichotta
Assistant Professor
Silviculture and forest stand dynamics, particularly structural and compositional effects on crown and canopy characteristics and forest production.  
Ecological and social dimensions of wildland ecosystems, focusing primarily on rangelands and including community-based and collaborative natural resource management; traditional and local ecological knowledge; pastoralism and pastoral development; participatory research.
Professor & Fire and Emergency Services Administration (FESA) Program Coordinator
Fire and emergency services administration, construction management.
Interim Academic Advisor
Dr. Chad Hoffman fights wildland fire
Dr. Sonya Le Febre teaches some post-fire restoration techniques
Dr. Kurt Mackes teaches Forestry Field Practices at the Ben Delatour Boy Scout Ranch
Megan Mardesen
Assistant Professor
Wildland fire sciences, the application of physics based wildland fire modeling to current issues in fire and land management, validation of fire behavior models, fuels inventory and management, disturbance ecology and interactions.
FRS Graduate Coordinator,
MNRS and FESA Advisor  
Senior Research Scientist
Forestry operations, wood utilization and marketing, and bioenergy derived from woody biomass.
Academic Support Coordinator
Dr. Paul Meiman samples hummocks
Dr. Mark Paschke
 Associate Professor
Ecology and management of rangelands, invasive plant ecology and management.
Department Head & Professor
Silviculture, vegetation responses to wildfire, habitat restoration and developing adaptive silvicultural strategies in the context of environmental change. 
Assistant Professor
Professor & Associate Dean for Research
Restoration and ecology of disturbed ecosystems, soil and rhizosphere biology, ecology of invasive plant species, nitrogen biogeochemistry, biology of Frankia and actinorhizal plants, ecology of plant-microbe interactions.
Dr. Doug Rideout rows a boat
Dr. Courtney Schultz visits the Grand Canyon
Ursula Quillmann
Assistant Professor
Oceanography, environmental variation.
Economics of initial wildfire attack, economics of prescribed burning and fuels management, interagency strategic planning and fire policy. Timber sale contracting, forest investment analysis, timber supply and demand. Analysis of the timber industry in public forestry.
Assistant Professor
Natural resource policy, planning, and governance, in particular strategies and policies related to monitoring, adaptive management, and dealing with scientific uncertainty.
Administrative Assistant
Dr. John Stednick
Dr. Yu Wei flips burgers
Wade Tinkham
Water quantity and quality changes from land as activities and natural disturbances. Evaluation of Best Management Practices for implementation and effectiveness to reduce nonpoint source pollution.
Assistant Professor
Biometry and spatial arrangement, focusing on field and remote sensing sampling techniques and understanding how spatial patterns influence processes.
Associate Professor
 Developing and implementing operations research models to integrate economic, ecology and social concerns in forest ecosystem management and planning.
Assistant Professor
 Forest ecology, landscape ecology, disturbance ecology, plant community responses to climate change and disturbances.