Who We Are


Robin Reid

Robin Reid is the Director of the Center for Collaborative Conservation at Colorado State University.  As Director, she oversees all the CCC’s programs and staff. She is also a Professor in the Dept. of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and Senior Research Scientist in the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at CSU. As faculty, she teaches courses in collaborative conservation and sustainability, and helps discover new ways to do collaborative research-for-action for people and the environment in the drylands of East Africa, Asia and North America.  She also works closely with practitioners to make sure all students graduate with both book learning and hands-on experience in the field.

Robin came to CSU in 2008 from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya, where she led research, education and outreach on conservation and development issues in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the western United States since 1992. She is a CSU alumnus, having received her PhD in Rangeland Ecosystem Science here in 1992.  She and her team recently won the 2012 Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America.  Robin also won the Michael Malone International Leadership Award in 2014.  To visit Robin's webpage, click here.

Associate Director

Maria Fernandez-Gimenez

Maria Fernandez-Gimenez is CCC’s Associate Director for Research and a Professor in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at CSU. An ecologist and social scientist, Maria’s research and teaching include natural resource governance and community-based natural resource management, adaptive ecosystem management and monitoring, integration of traditional ecological knowledge and science in resource management, participatory research, and climate change adaptation.  Maria has published over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles and edited the 2011 book: Restoring Community Connections to the Land: Building Resilience through Community-Based Rangeland Management in China and Mongolia. In 2014 Maria was named “Honorable Champion of Agriculture and Industry of Mongolia” by the Government of Mongolia, and in 2016 she was awarded Mongolia’s “Order of the Polar Star” in recognition of over 20 years of research, education and capacity-building work for the benefit of Mongolia’s rangelands, herders, and scientific community. She has been recognized by the international Society for Range Management with an Outstanding Achievement Award for research, by CSU’s Office of International Programs for outstanding contributions to internationalizing the university, and by CSU’s VP for Research for interdisciplinary team research. Maria is also a member of the second cohort of CCC Fellows.

Associate Director

Heather Knight
Heather Knight joins the Center for Collaborative Conservation as the Associate Director of the Practitioner Program. Prior to joining the CCC team as a staff member, she served an active roll on the Executive Committee and as a co-instructor for the Conservation Leadership Through Learning graduate program. Heather brings extensive experience in conservation, with 22 years working with The Nature Conservancy. Heather and her husband, Rick, live and steward a place in Livermore, Colorado.

Associate Director

Kim Skyelander
Kim Skyelander

Kim Skyelander is the CCC's Associate Director.  She has a B.S. degree in Wildlife Biology from Utah State University, a M.S. degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho. She worked professionally for the U.S. Forest Service as a wildlife biologist, public affairs specialist, assistant district ranger, tribal government liaison, and wilderness ranger.  She left the USFS to pursue a career in teaching and taught natural resources classes for eight years at the Salish Kootenai College on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana, and also taught at the University of Idaho. Before coming to the CCC, Kim was the executive director of Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, a large residential outdoor school in northeastern MN. Her interests are understanding how conventional science and local/place-based/traditional knowledge link together to support conservation actions; human emotional and spiritual connections to land, and environmental education.


Ed Warner

Ed Warner is a retired geologist.  He currently 'works' as a volunteer devoting himself to science education and conservation issues.  He holds honorary faculty positions at Colorado State University as a Faculty Affiliate to the Department of Geosciences and as a Professor practicing Cooperative Conservation in the Warner College of Natural Resources. Ed founded the Center for Collaborative Conservation in 2008.

Other Design and Development Team Members

See descriptions above (under Executive Committee):

  • Maria Fernandez-Gimenez
  • Kathy Galvin
  • Jeff Jahnke
  • Heather Knight
  • Lee Scharf
  • Ed Warner

Past Executive Committee Members

  • Peter Taylor (Department of Sociology, CSU)
  • Jeff Jahnke (retired, Colorado State Forest Service)
  • Lee Scharf (MESA, Mediated Environmentally Sustainable Action)
  • Brett Bruyere (Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, CSU)