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Meet the Researchers


Will Stauffer-NorrisWill Stauffer-Norris is a field researcher for the 2011-2012 State of the Rockies project. He was born in Moscow, Id., grew up in Blacksburg, Va., and graduated from Colorado College in 2011 with an Environmental Science degree. Starting from early childhood float trips in Idaho, Will has paddled rivers in the U.S., Canada, Chile, and Argentina. He hopes to combine his passions for wild rivers, visual art, and adventure to document environmental issues surrounding the Colorado River.

Take a look at a video from one of Will's previous paddling trips in Chile.

Zak Podmore


Zak Podmore grew up in Glenwood Springs, Colo., where he came to appreciate the waters of the Rocky Mountains over the course of a childhood shaped by winters skiing on mountain slopes and summers floating through the arid sandstone canyons of the San Juan, Dolores, Green, and Colorado Rivers. A long-time kayaker and rafter, Zak's love of wilderness rivers has taken him to Mexico, Canada, Ecuador, and throughout the American West. This winter he hopes to gain a deeper understanding of the Colorado River basin by researching the water issues currently facing Southwestern communities and by exploring the rivers that fuel them. He graduated from CC in May 2011 with a degree in Philosophy and a minor in Psychoanalysis.