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Colorado College State of the Rockies Project

c/o Prof. Walt Hecox
14 E. Cache La Poudre St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Main Contacts for The State of the Rockies Project

Brendan Boepple

Assistant Director
State of the Rockies Project

14 E. Cache La Poudre
Colorado Springs, CO 80903 


Brendan Boepple is the Assistant Project Director for the State of the Rockies Project. In his fourth year with the Project, Brendan previously held the position of Project Program Coordinator from 2011 to 2013. Prior to that, he was a Student Researcher during the summer of 2010 and researched the Eastern Plains region of the Rocky Mountain States. Originally from Wilton, Connecticut, Brendan graduated from Colorado College in May of 2011 with a Political Science major and an Environmental Issues minor. While growing up Brendan developed a love for the outdoors and the environment, and he later worked with environmental organizations like Trout Unlimited and his local conservation land trust. In the future, Brendan hopes to further his education in natural resource policy and management, and later pursue a career in that field. His interests include skiing and fly-fishing, two activities that drew him to the Rocky Mountain region.

Matthew C. Gottfried

Technical Director - GIS Lab
State of the Rockies Project

Palmer Hall #1


Matthew C. Gottfried is the GIS technical director at Colorado College and the 2011-12 technical liaison for the State of the Rockies Project, overseeing tasks including data assimilation, GIS analysis, and logistics management. He received his B.S. (1999) in Field Biology and Environmental Studies from Ohio Northern University and his M.A. (2005) in Geography and Planning from University of Toledo where his focus was on land-use planning and GIS. Matt’s regional research focus includes studying the biogeography of critical species, land-use planning, and conservation management practices of local natural resources.

Walter E. Hecox

Environmental Science

State of the Rockies Project

Tutt Science #130C


Walter E. Hecox is professor of economics and environmental science, and project director for the State of the Rockies Project at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colo. Walt received his B.A. degree from Colorado College (1964) and an M.A. (1967) and Ph.D. (1970) from Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y. 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 CanyonTrust, 1997), and co-editor of the Colorado College State of the Rockies Report Cards.

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