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2008 Team and Field Trips

State of the Rockies Summer 2008 Field Trips

The Rockies Project took to the road, again, in the summer of 2008. Sweeping through Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico, researchers experienced the nuances, beauty, and vastness of the Rocky Mountain Region.

To view photos and descriptions of our visits please select a link below:

Pinedale, Wyoming (July 7-10, 2008)
Diamond G Ranch, Dubois, Wyoming (July 11-13, 2008)
Jackson, Wyoming (July 13-16, 2008)
Yellowstone National Park (July 16-17, 2008)
Vermejo Park Ranch, New Mexico (August 4-5, 2008)
Fort Union Ranch and the Valles Caldera National Preserve (August 6-8, 2008)


2008 Rockies Project Team

Porter Friedman is a student researcher for the 2009 State of the Rockies Project. From Port Royal, South Carolina, he is currently a junior at Colorado College and planning on graduating in May of 2009. During his sophomore year he wrote a self-designed major: Influences of the Natural World on the Development of Societies, focusing on the interplay between societies and their natural surroundings. His major goes hand in hand with the ideals of the State of the Rockies Project and will provide valuable background to his research. Porter has a passion for ecology, botany, and geology and hopes to pursue a career in sustainable development consulting after graduating.

Julia Head is a student researcher for the 2009 State of the Rockies Project. From Marlborough, Massachusetts, she will graduate in May 2009 with a double major in biology and studio art. Julia grew up in Massachusetts, but has fallen in love with the Rockies region since moving west for college. Outside of the academic realm, Julia's favorite ways to enjoy the Rockies are bicycling, backpacking and skiing. As an intern for the State of the Rockies Project, she is engaging her interest in wildlife biology.

Walter E. Hecox is professor of economics and environmental science, director of the Slade Sustainable Development Workshop, and project director for the State of the Rockies Project at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Walt received his B.A. degree from Colorado College in 1964 and an M.A. (1967) and Ph.D. (1970) from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. He teaches courses in ecological economics and sustainable development. He has conducted research and taken leave to work for the World Bank, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Energy, and Colorado Department of Natural Resources. He is author of Charting the Colorado Plateau: an Economic and Demographic Exploration (The Grand Canyon Trust, 1996), co-author of Beyond the Boundaries: the Human and Natural Communities of the Greater Grand Canyon (Grand Canyon Trust, 1997), and co-editor of the Colorado College State of the Rockies Report Cards.

Liz Kolbe is 2008/09 program coordinator for the Rockies Project and was a student researcher for the 2008 State of the Rockies Project. She graduated from Colorado College in May 2008 as an Environmental Science major with a particular interest in renewable energy and sustainable design. From Grinnell, Iowa, she focused her senior thesis on that state's agricultural economy, its relationship to ethanol, and the effects of the corn subsidy on farmers and markets. In addition to her undergraduate academic work, Liz was a captain of the CC women's basketball team. Her extracurricular interests include spending time outside with a Frisbee. In the future she plans to pursue a master's degree in environmental studies.

Matthew K. Reuer serves as the technical liaison for the State of the Rockies Project, overseeing tasks including data assimilation, GIS analysis, and logistics management; in addition he co-edited previous Report Cards. He received his doctorate degree from MIT in 2002 and was a Harry Hess postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton University from 2002 to 2004, focusing on global carbon cycle research. Matt's scientific interests in this region include the environmental chemistry of western rivers and watersheds and global change impacts on alpine biogeochemical cycles. He is also highly interested in western development issues and the creation of innovative energy policies in the Rocky Mountain West.

Sarah Turner is a student researcher for the 2009 State of the Rockies Project. From Wayne, Pennsylvania, she is currently an Environmental Science major at Colorado College, with particular interest in international environmental issues. Having spent a semester in Madagascar in Fall 2007, where she studied ecology and conservation and their intersection with society and culture, she is excited to study the interplay of the environment and society here in the Rocky Mountain Region. Her interests include hiking and backpacking.

Alex Weiss is a student researcher for the 2009 State of the Rockies Project. From Rockville, Maryland, he took a year off after high school and worked on an organic farm and winery outside of Corvallis, Oregon. There, he developed an interest in agriculture, food and plant ecosystems. During summer 2007 Alex worked as an intern on the CC farm, where he helped to establish a sustainable agriculture system for Colorado College. During the fall of 2007 Alex traveled to China and studied language, culture and the medicinal plants of the Bai people. As a Biology major, Alex studies botany and ecology at Colorado College and after graduation hopes to go into research in plant ecology of marsh ecosystems.

Scott Wozencraft is a student researcher for the 2009 State of the Rockies Project. A native of Arlington Heights, Illinois, Scott's interest in environmental issues was cultivated during a National Outdoor Leadership School Semester in the Rockies. He will graduate in May 2009 with a degree in Environmental Science. His particular academic interests lie in wildlife management and land use/development in the Rocky Mountain Region. Extracurricular interests include sports, backpacking, climbing and canoeing.