2013 - 2014

On March 1, 2013, the Center for Collaborative Conservation (CCC) awarded 13 fellowships to form the fifth cohort of CCC Fellows. These fellows included seven graduate students, three faculty members, and three conservation practitioners. In addition, several undergraduate CCC Interns were selected to work with the new CCC Fellows. These fellows also represent seven departments and three colleges from Colorado State University, and three NGOs.

The fifth cohort of CCC fellows focused on doing conservation work in 8 diverse locations that included:

  • Belize
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Ghana
  • Costa Rica
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Indonesia
  • United States

Of the 4 fellows whose work will be focused within the United States, one fellow will be working with the Lakota tribal nation, and three will be working in Colorado.

Diverse problems

The fellows worked on problems as diverse as:

  • understanding the barriers in expanding urban agriculture
  • developing a watershed-approach for the sustainable composting of coffee harvest waste to mitigate acute toxicity events, sedimentation of rivers, and water quality degradation in the watershed of Chiapas, Mexico
  • characterizing the prevalence and causative agent of the zoonotic disease, brucellosis, in the livestock and human populations in northern Mongolia with the goal of enhancing the sustainability of the nomadic herding culture in this region
  • teaching landowners in Mesa County, Colorado the basics of land stewardship to increase their knowledge of proper land stewardship while supporting and encouraging the implementation of stewardship practices to strengthen individual and community properties