Cohort 4: 2012-2013

In 2012, the Center for Collaborative Conservation awarded fourteen fellowships to form the fourth cohort of CCC fellows. These fellows include eight graduate students, one faculty member and five conservation practitioners. In addition, several undergraduate CCC interns were selected to work with the fellows. The fellows represented five departments and two colleges from Colorado State, two NGOs doing conservation work in Colorado, one government agency and two tribal nations.

This cohort focused on problems as diverse as:
  • Links between public educators and local governments
  • Collaborative management
  • Haitian community forest restoration
  • Resilience of rangeland herders to climate change
  • Revitalizing and sustaining Hozho community
This fourth cohort focused their work in six diverse locations that included:
  • Canada
  • Ethiopia
  • Haiti
  • Mongolia
  • Philippines
  • United States

Learn more about each fellow by clicking on their tab

David Knight

Coastal Conservation in the communities of Cebu Island, Philippines

About David

David was a Ph.D. student in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, CSU, advised by Stuart Cottrell, during the time of his fellowship.

David Knight

Project Summary

David’s project seeked to evaluate and strengthen current linkages between public educators and local governments of coastal communities on Cebu Island, Philippines. He built on current CSU partnerships with these communities and support the Coastal Conservation Education Foundation’s goal to improve sustainable livelihood opportunities through education. Seed money from the CCC fellowship was used to develop an experiential learning program for local teachers, providing them with knowledge of current reef management and conservation practices both in their own communities and on neighboring islands where collaborative conservation efforts have proven successful. The municipality of Santander in southern Cebu created a sustainable development plan that integrates reef tourism, environmental stewardship, education, and sustainable livelihoods. David’s project supported the implementation of this plan by engaging community members, NGO’s, and local government representatives to evaluate how experiential education opportunities for teachers will benefit classroom instruction and thus support long-term sustainability goals.


Cebu Island, Philippines


Emily Kachergis

About Emily

Emily was a Postdoctoral Research Ecologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Cheyenne, Wyoming during her fellowship.

Emily Kachergis headshot

Project Summary

Her fellowship will initiate a collaborative process to make adaptive decisions about managing the 15,500 acre Central Plains Experimental Range at the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Nunn, Colorado.  Emily hopes that this project will serve as a proving ground for rangeland management innovation and adaptation in Northern Colorado. The project will convene diverse local stakeholders to design a large-scale, adaptive grazing management experiment that ARS staff will carry out. Specifically, this fellowship will support implementation and evaluation of the first collaborative workshop in September 2012 in which stakeholders will identify the major components of the adaptive management plan: desired production and conservation outcomes, management strategies, and monitoring and evaluation criteria.

Erica Goad

About Erica

Erica received her Master’s from the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology and the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, CSU, advised by Liba Pejchar and Rick Knight.

Erica Goad

Project Summary

Erica studied the effects of rural, or “exurban” residential development on wildlife habitat use and movement patterns and creatively reported on the results in partnership with exurban landowners. She investigated mammalian presence along a housing density gradient in a mix of public and private lands in Northern Colorado using remotely-triggered cameras and track analysis. Erica presented the results of her study and engage the community through an art exhibit consisting of a collection of photographs taken by the wildlife cameras and short narratives by the landowners about living in rural areas and their encounters with wildlife.

John McGreevy

About John

John McGreevy received his Master’s studying cultural anthropology and international development in the Department of Anthropology, CSU, advised by Kate Brown.

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Project Summary

In his project, Kilti nan Pyebwa (The Culture of Trees), he interviewed locals in two regions of Haiti and compare how different Haitian communities understand and use trees, and how these cultural understandings affect forest restoration efforts. In order to promote collaboration and cultural understanding in reforestation efforts, John developed a summary report, including land ownership maps and original graphics of human environmental interactions, and return to Haiti to present his findings to the locals and development agencies in these regions. John also collaborated with CCC Fellow, Sebastian Africano, on the Trees, Water & People project.

Kristen Pelz

About Kristen

Kristen was a Ph.D. student in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology and the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, CSU, advised by Skip Smith.


Project Summary

Collaborative Landscape Forest Restoration Projects (CLFRPs) expedite and improve land restoration projects by increasing understanding of ecological and social objectives and by reducing the amount of time and energy spent contesting/defending proposed management action. Federally-funded CLFRPs in Colorado are required to collectively monitor progress towards landscape-scale forest restoration goals. However, no methods have been developed to effectively evaluate these long-term projects. Kristen will work with the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute (CFRI), the Wilderness Society and the Colorado CLFRPs to develop robust methods for evaluating landscape restoration projects.

Matt Luizza

About Matt

Matt was a Ph.D. student in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, CSU, advised by Michele Betsill and Paul Evangelista.

Luizza photo

Project Summary

He will be working in Ethiopia mapping and modeling ecosystem services important to the Oromo people in the Bale Mountains region, exploring the relationships between species diversity and the sustainable production of these services. The goal is to integrate traditional ecological knowledge and scientific knowledge through collaboration to foster adaptive collaborative governance and create modeling scenarios that facilitate sustainable management and effective conservation practices. The method and approaches of the Ethiopia project will be replicated with research conducted with a Native American tribe in the western United States.

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Project map for Luizza

Theresa Jedd

About Theresa

Theresa was a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science, CSU, advised by Michele Betsill.

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Project Summary

Theresa will meet with conservation practitioners from some of the 100+ groups and agencies involved in trans-boundary, international conservation of the 18-million acre Crown of the Continent ecosystem, one of the world’s most intact forested landscapes covering portions of Montana, British Columbia and Alberta, Canada. She will participate in the Crown Roundtable’s annual conference, gleaning insight from government agencies, non-governmental organizations, tribal groups, and private individuals with the ultimate aim of understanding how collaborative forest conservation can function at the international level and strengthen this large-scale experiment in networked governance. A portion of her fellowship will sponsor the 3rd annual Crown Roundtable conference, creating a valuable linkage with the CCC.


Montana, British Columbia, and Alberta

Tungalag Ulambayar

About Tungalag

Tungalag was a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, CSU, advised by Maria Fernandez-Gimenez.

Tungaa photo

Project Summary

Tungalag’s project supported the outreach objectives of the Mongolian Rangelands and Resilience (MOR2) project through two outreach activities. The first was to create a nation-wide radio program targeted to the learning needs of herders and the second is to increase capacity among young Mongolian researchers to access and analyze MOR2 data. The radio program communicated MOR2 research results about the effects of collaborative management practices on formally organized community groups and their livelihoods, social relations, and pasture conditions leading to greater resilience to climate change.


Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Khishigbayar Jamiyansharav

About Khishigbayar

Khishig was a Postdoctoral Associate with the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, CSU.

Khishig photo

Project Summary

Her project is part of The Mongolian Rangelands and Resilience Project (MOR2), a collaborative research partnership involving a diverse group of interdisciplinary researchers, practitioners, herders, and policymakers. MOR2’s main goal is to investigate the resilience of rangelands and herders to climate change across Mongolia. Khishig’s project aims to co-create knowledge with policy officials, local teachers and herders concerning local rangeland conditions, and address interdisciplinary data sharing needs with Mongolian partners. Khishig’s fellowship team will partner with local teachers and soum (village) officials in writing and archiving their own stories and local knowledge about their rangeland conditions and local adaptive strategies that both local government and herders employ in the face of social-ecological changes. In addition, she intends to meet the project team needs for interdisciplinary data sharing and collaboration by designing and implementing training workshops for proposal writing, research design, and data analysis for Mongolian researchers.



Kim Langmaid

About Kim

Kim is Vice President, Director of Sustainability & Stewardship at Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon, CO where she was the organization’s Founder in 1997.

Kim Langmaid photo

Project Summary

Kim teaches in the Sustainability Studies B.A. Program at Colorado Mountain College and she is on the board of directors of the Vail Leadership Institute and Energy Smart Colorado. She was the first Colorado Program Director for the National Forest Foundation, served as the Director of the Graduate Program at Teton Science Schools, and worked on the faculty of Environmental Studies for the M.A. Program at Prescott College. For her Fellowship project Kim conducted interviews about leadership in collaborative conservation and created a website to share stories and resources.


Avon, Colorado

Marie Gladue

About Marie

Marie is a member of the Dineh (Navajo) Nation and lives in Black Mesa, Arizona.

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Project Summary

Marie will be creating a plan of action and a process to revitalize and sustain her community (Hozho). The process of the Navajo planning practice is based upon and symbolically embedded within the landscape where they have lived for many generations. Their practice is based on a Law of the Land known as Dinetah. This landscape-law is the foundational source of Dineh thought and philosophy; this knowledge is articulated through storytelling and ceremonial songs. By reinstating the principles of traditional Navajo planning, Marie hopes to help her community heal from the ongoing traumas of mining, water diversion and pollution, and relocation that they continue to experience each day at Black Mesa.



Richard Sherman

About Richard

Richard is an independent researcher, a retiree of the Oglala Sioux Parks and Recreation Authority, and an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota.

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Project Summary

Some indigenous peoples, such as the Oglala Lakota, surmise that the practice of natural resource ‘management’ creates an unequal power dynamic among plants and animals. Thus, a relationship based on ‘stewardship’, or the mutual coexistence of humans and animals, is a more preferable approach and will result in more sustainable environments, economies, and communities.  Sherman developed a new model called the Indigenous Stewardship Model, which promotes this mutual coexistence and is consistent with Lakota cultural norms.  Richard, and graduate student Michael Brydge, will work in tandem with tribal and non-tribal entities, Lakota elders, and Lakota youth to assure the generational momentum of the Indigenous Stewardship Model and community development, and strengthen both human and natural communities by enhancing natural resource stewardship on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.


South Dakota, USA

Sebastian Africano

About Sebastian

Sebastian is the International Director of the Fort Collins-­‐based NGO, Trees, Water & People (TWP).

Africano photo

Project Summary

Sebastian is working with TWP partners in Haiti to help Haitian farmers to develop more sustainable sources of income by adding diverse, agro-­‐forestry plantations to their current farming practices.  This will reduce their reliance on charcoal production and restore forest cover on Haitian landscapes.  This proof of concept project will set the stage for a model that can be widely replicated for the purpose of recovering and rehabilitating Haiti’s natural resources while developing sustainable livelihoods for rural smallholders throughout the country.