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2015-16 Rockies Project Team

Jessica Badgeley

Jessica Badgeley is the GIS Specialist for the 2015-16 Rockies Project. Originally from Seattle, Washington, she graduated in May 2015 with a Geology major and Mathematics minor. This is Jessica’s third year on the project and she will be Colorado College's GIS Paraprof for the 2015-16 academic year. 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 completed 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 fifth 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 Director of Innovative Technology at Colorado College and the 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.

Burkett Huey

Burk Huey is a Student Researcher for the 2015-2016 State of the Rockies Project. Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Burk is a lifelong hiker. For the State of the Rockies Project, Burk is researching agriculture and water supply. As a major in economics at Colorado College, he isparticularly interested in creating a fair model to price water forirrigators and municipalities. Burk will graduate from Colorado College in 2015. 

John Jennings 

John Jennings is a 2015-2016 State of the Rockies Project Student Researcher. John is originally from Gainesville, Georgia, and he came to appreciate the outdoors through his experiences backpacking and camping with the Boy Scouts. He is an Independently DesignedMajor in Environmental Philosophy and Practice and will graduate in 2016. For the State of the Rockies, John is focusing his research with on the ethics of water use. This research focus stems from his interest in philosophy and the natural world. In his free time, John enjoys hiking, throwing pottery, and cooking. 

Brooke Larsen 

Brooke Larsen is the Program Coordinator for the 2015-2016 State of the Rockies Project. Brooke was a Student Researcher for the 2014-2015 Rockies Project, looking at Canyonlands as a contested landscape of conservation. She grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and graduated 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 further her education and experience in public land policy and law. 

Jonah Seifer

Born outside Boston, Massachusetts, Jonah's interest in environmental science was inspired by many years hiking and skiing around Vermont, as well as recent semester spent wandering around New Zealand. He plans on focusing on Native American water rights for the 2015-2016 State of the Rockies Project. An Environmental Physics major planning on graduating in 2016, he plans to build off his experience with the Rockies Project and further explore the state of water policy in the West. In his free time, he likes to climb, ski, photograph and slackline. 

Maya Williamson 

Maya Williamson is a 2015-16 State of the Rockies Project Student Researcher. Maya grew up in London, England. She has a passion for rock climbing and has travelled around the Rocky Mountain West over weekends and block breaks. She will graduate from Colorado College with a degree in anthropology in 2017. As an anthropology major and outdoor enthusiast, her research focuses on the overlap and conflict in interests between Native American communities and the commercial rafting industry.

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 environmental 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.

2013-14 Rockies Project Team

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