About Anna Clare

As a systems thinker and synthesizer of ideas, an entrepreneur and grower of food, a musician and scientist, a mother and world traveler, Anna Clare is a life-long student of nature who thrives in interdisciplinary environments. She has a knack for creating community and networks of people for a common purpose. The current confluence of her interests involves pursuing a PhD in the department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability at Colorado State. Her research seeks to disentangle the social-ecological dynamics of collaborative grazing management on government-owned conservation lands on Colorado’s Northern Front Range. She approaches her work through the lens of systems ecology and an interdisciplinary background in animal sciences, psychological counseling, the arts, and humanities. Anna Clare and her husband operate a mini ranch, where they pasture-raise lamb, beef, and pork. She also enjoys assisting other folks in developing sustainable, regenerative farming and ranching practices at Graze LLC. She appreciates not only talking the “talk,” but walking the “walk” and being a work-in-progress example for the things she loves and promotes.


  • conservation ranching
  • systems thinking & modeling
  • grassland ecology
  • ecosystem science
  • rangeland science
  • ecosystem services management
  • collaborative conservation
  • public lands management
  • sustainability science


MS, Animal Sciences - Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO, 2018

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies, Expressive Arts: Therapy, Education, & Consulting - European Graduate School
Leuk, Wallis, Switzerland, 2008

Post Graduate Certificate, Expressive Arts Therapy - Appalachian State University
Boone, NC, 2005

MA, Community Counseling - Appalachian State University
Boone, NC, 2005

BA, Humanities & Comparative Literature - University of Colorado
Boulder, CO, 2001

Graduate & Advisor Program

Stacy Lynn
PhD, Ecosystem Science and Sustainability

Awards, Honors, Grants

  • School of Global Environmental Sustainability, 2021
  • Office of the Vice President for Research Fellowship, 2021
  • Oscar and Isabel Anderson Graduate Fellowship, 2021
  • Jim Ellis Scholarship, 2020
  • Lowry Ranch Advisory Committee Grant, 2020
  • USDA Western Sustainability, Agriculture, Research, & Education Grant, 2020
  • Bohart Conservation Scholarship , 2020
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service, EQIP Grant, 2020
  • NREL ESS Travel Grant, 2019
  • Colorado Mountain Club Foundation Grant, 2019
  • Francis Clark Soil Biology Scholarship , 2019
  • Dean Homer J Henney Memorial Scholarship , 2016
  • Ag Day Scholarship , 2016
  • National Western Stock Show Scholarship , 2015, 2016
  • Citizens of the West Scholarship , 2015
  • School of Global Environmental Sustainability Fellowship ,


  • Western Landowners Alliance
  • Quivira Coalition
  • Society for Range Management

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