About Brett

Brett's teaching and research addresses environmental communication and community-based conservation, often in a context of developing world settings. He also serves as the director of the department's Conservation Leadership through Learning graduate program, and CSU's 200-acre Environmental Learning Center. He is originally from Seattle, Washington, and on the side, directs a small non-profit to support educational access in the northern region of Kenya.

Google Scholar Profile CV


  • Brett's interests are twofold, and include an international and domestic focus. Internationally, he seeks to build capacity and improve conservation of wildlife and rangelands in East Africa, and more specifically, the Samburu region of Kenya. On the domestic front, Brett is focused on improving scientific literacy and diversifying the profession of those who work in conservation-related fields. His research is typically applied, and conducted in partnership with practitioner-based organizations.


Ph.D., Human Dimensions of Natural Resources - Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO, 2002

BA, Environmental policy - Washington State University
Pullman, WA, 1993

Awards, Honors, Grants

  • Best Teacher nominee, Colorado State University, 2011
  • Harry E. Troxel Distinguished Service to Students Award, Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University, 2009
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, El Centro Student Services, Colorado State University, 2009
  • Exceptional Achievement in Service-Learning Faculty Award, Colorado State University, 2009
  • Distinguished Teacher and Advisor, Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University , 2008


  • East Africa Wildlife Society
  • Society for Conservation Biology