Dr. Tim Covino’s research group studies the interactions between landform and function. They evaluate post-fire landscape recovery and the impact of river-floodplain connectivity on hydrological, biogeochemical and ecological processes.
Dr. Steven Fassnacht’s research group focuses on snow hydrology and how a changing climate affects water resources in cold land regions. Graduate and undergraduate students have worked on projects examining the spatial and temporal variability of snowpack (and other earth system) properties using a variety of field measurements, station data and remotely sensed data. Some projects have used hydrological and snowpack models to evaluate datasets and model performance, while others have integrated social, ecological and/or hydro-climatological datasets to assess uncertainty, especially in regions with limited on-the-ground measurements.
Dr. Melinda Laituri is the Director of the Geospatial Centroid @ CSU that provides information and support for GIS activities, education, and outreach at CSU and in Colorado. Dr. Laituri’s research interests are diverse. She has worked with indigenous peoples throughout the world on issues related to natural resource management, disaster adaptation, and water resource issues using geographic information systems (GIS) that utilize cultural and eco-physical data in research models. A key focus is participatory GIS where indigenous peoples develop spatial information and maps essential for the management of their own resources. Other research work focuses on the role of the Internet and geospatial technologies of disaster management and cross-cultural environmental histories of river basin management
Dr. Matt Ross is an ecosystem scientist interested in how people control and change the environment and how altered landscapes impact the streams and rivers that drain them. To explore how people reshape landscapes and create novel dominant controls of ecosystem processes, Matt uses a range of approaches including: remote sensing, in situ sensors, field data collection, and use of public datasets with data science techniques. All of this work aims to enhance our understanding of ecosystem change for scientists and society alike.