About Kathleen

Kathy Galvin received her Ph.D. degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Her dissertation topic was the nutrition of subsistence pastoralists in Turkana District, Northwest Kenya. Since then she has returned to CSU (where she got her B.A and M.A. degrees in anthropology) to become a member of both the Department of Anthropology and the NREL. Dr. Galvin is currently a Professor and Senior Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory. She is also an Advising Faculty member in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at CSU. Trained as a biological anthropologist, she has conducted interdisciplinary human-ecological research in east and southern Africa for over 30 years. More recently she has worked in central and east Asia.

Website CV


  • Doctor Galvin’s interests center around human ecology in dry pastoral systems. Particular interests lie in issues of pastoral land use, conservation, climate variability and resilience and adaptation strategies of people in drylands. Her current research explores local perceptions of climate change and environmental changes and viable solutions both in Mongolia and in Kenya. She has also examined the importance of spatial complexity and the costs of fragmentation of pastoral ecosystems around the world.


Ph.D., Anthropology - State University of New York
Binghamton, NY, 1985

M.A. , Anthropology - Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO, 1979

B.A., Anthropology - Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO, 1971

Awards, Honors, Grants

  • Ecological Society of America, Sustainability Science Award, 2012
  • American Anthropological Association Global Climate Change Task Force member, 2012
  • Nobel Peace Prize for contributing to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2007
  • Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, 2001