About Esther

Esther moved to Fort Collins in 2001 to work for an outdoor adventure and leadership school. She soon fell in love with the Fort Collins lifestyle and the Rocky Mountains. She has since earned a master’s degree in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and dedicates her time both professionally and personally to better understanding the relationships between people and nature. She comes from Urbana, Illinois and enjoys hiking, reading, creative pursuits, and spending time with her husband Kevin and their beautiful baby girl Lilliana.


  • Esther’s research interests include ecosystem services, payment for ecosystem services and other incentive-based conservation tools, and applications of social science theory to natural resource management issues. She also studies human dimensions of natural resource management, human-wildlife conflicts, and sustainable development.