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2014-15 Rockies Project Team

Jessica Badgeley

Jessica Badgeley is the GIS Specialist for the 2014-15 Rockies Project. Originally from Seattle, Washington, she will graduate in May 2015 with a Geology major and Mathematics minor. This is Jessica’s second year on the project. Her GIS background includes employment in Colorado College’s GIS lab helping students learn to navigate GIS. Her main interest is in geology and recently Jessica is working her senior thesis – a remote sensing project that aims to reveal the origin of Blood Falls, Antarctica. Jessica has a great interest in the outdoors and conservation that fuels her enthusiasm for working with the Rockies Project.


Brendan Boepple

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

Matthew C. Gottfried is the GIS Technical Director at Colorado College and the 2013-14 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 the 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.

Max Hittesdorf

Max Hittesdorf is a Student Researcher for the 2014-2015 State of the Rockies Project. Growing up in Fort Collins, Colorado, he has spent much of his life enjoying the outdoor activities of the mountains. As a major in Sociology at Colorado College, Max is intrigued by the potential for large-scale social change particularly related to the environment and food justice. He recently led a volunteer trip to New Orleans to help out on an urban farm in the Lower Ninth Ward. Additionally, Max’s other half is a folkie: he is an avid bluegrass guitar and mandolin picker. He will graduate from Colorado College in 2015.

Brooke Larsen

Brooke Larsen is a Student Researcher for the 2014-2015 State of the Rockies Project. She grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and will graduate from Colorado College in 2015 with a major in Environmental Policy and a minor in Anthropology. Growing up in Salt Lake, Brooke spent much of her free time hiking, biking, climbing, and camping in the Wasatch Mountains and desert of Southern Utah. Her childhood fostered a strong appreciation for the natural environment. She hopes to gain a better understanding of the complex and diverse factors that shape land management policies in the West with State of the Rockies.

Emma Longcope

Emma Longcope is a student researcher for the State of the Rockies Project. Emma grew up in Maine and was drawn to the West by the outdoor opportunities and the people. She will graduate CC in 2015 with a Creative Writing major and an Education minor. Emma has worked in the outdoor education field, teaching ocean ecology and leading wilderness trips, and is excited to be exploring a different approach to environmental work. She spends her spare time hiking, climbing, playing with watercolors, and searching fruitlessly for places to swim outside in the Springs.

Caroline Martin

Caroline Martin is a Student Researcher for the 2014-2015 State of the Rockies Project. She will graduate from Colorado College in 2015 with a degree in Environmental Science and an Art History minor. Originally from North Carolina, she grew up hiking in the hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and paddling around the coast of the Outer Banks islands which inspired her love for the outdoors and passion for conservation work. After school, she is interested in exploring conservation biology, land management, and environmental policy in depth. In her free time she enjoys trail running, hiking, knitting, and skiing.


Kevin Moss

Kevin Moss is a student researcher for the 2014-15 Rockies Project. Originally from Washington, DC, he is a 2015 Environmental Science Major and Education Minor. His passion for the environment was fostered by spending his summers hiking and canoeing in the Shenandoah Valley. He also recently completed a semester sea kayaking and mountaineering in Patagonia with the National Outdoor Leadership School. Upon graduating, he hopes to pursue outdoor education to help educate the next generation of environmental stewards. In his free time, he enjoys backpacking and playing for Colorado College's Ultimate Frisbee team.

Eric Perramond

Eric Perramond is associate professor of environment science and southwest studies, and the new project director for the State of the Rockies Project at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Eric received his B.A. degree from Mary Washington College, his M.A. (1994) from Louisiana State University and Ph.D. (1999) from the University of Texas Austin, all in the deiscipline of geography. As a human environment geographer, Eric teaches in the environment program and the southwest studies program, including environmental management, climate change, political ecology of the southwest, and other nature society courses. He conducted research in the Greater Southwest and the French Pyrenees, and is the author of "Pollitical Ecologies of Cattle Ranching in Northern Mexico: Private Revolutions (Tuscon, University of Arizona Press, 2010) and co-author of "An Introduction to Human Environment Geography: Local Dynamics and Global Processes (2013, Wiley-Blackwell). His current research project (and next book) is centered on water rights, and water management, in the state of New Mexico, and has appeared in such journals as Water Alternatives and Geoforum.


Alex Suber

Alex Suber is the State of the Rockies Project Videographer and a member of the Colorado College class of 2015. He was born and raised in the hills of Northern California and later moved to the flat lands of Illinois. His passion for conservation and filmmaking has brought him across the Rocky mountain west to explore the complexities of social and environmental issues. Most recently he directed Spine of the Continent addressing the importance of large landscape conservation in the 21st century. He will graduate with a degree in Philosophy and a minor in Film and New Media studies whereupon he hopes to travel with a camera in-hand. When he’s not making a movie, Alex enjoys playing the banjo, gardening, and quote collecting. 


Samuel Williams

Samuel Williams was a 2013-2014 Student Researcher for the Rockies Project, and is now the Rockies Project Fellow. He hails from Simsbury, Connecticut and was drawn into environmental issues by his love of the outdoors. He completed an Environmental Policy Major at Colorado College in the spring of 2014. With this major, and the opportunity presented by State of the Rockies, he looks forward to gaining deeper insights into the state of conservation in the Rocky Mountain West. He spends his spare time backcountry skiing, climbing, mountain biking, slack-lining, and practicing yoga.




2013-14 Rockies Project Team

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