2006 Team and Field Trips

2006 Team and Field Trips

State of the Rockies Summer 2006 Field Trips

The Rockies Project is committed to working on issues that matter to communities in our region. In order to truly understand the topics we are presenting in our 2007 Report Card, the Rockies research team met with community members and local experts in the Rockies.

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

Healthy Mountain Communities, Carbondale, Colorado (6/18/2006)
EnCana Natural Gas Facilities, Parachute, Colorado (6/19/2006)
Summit County Mountain Pine Beetle Task Force Meeting (7/20/2006)
31st Annual Colorado Water Workshop (7/24/2006)
Pinedale, Wyoming Oil and Gas Development (8/2/2006)

2006 Rockies Project Team

Brian Hall is a 2006/07 summer researcher for the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project. He is a 2004 Boettcher Scholar and will graduate in May 2008 with a B.A. degree in economics. Brian was raised in rural Nebraska and graduated from high school in Westcliffe, Colorado. He has served as an intern in Congressman Joel Hefley's district office and worked at several farms and ranches. He is very interested in political discussions regarding energy and water. Brian also enjoys playing sports, writing music, and spending time with his family.

Walter E. Hecox is professor of economics, 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 international economics, 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 (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), co-editor of the Colorado College State of the Rockies Report Cards.

Chris Jackson is the 2006/07 program coordinator for the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project. This is his second year with the State of the Rockies Project, having spent last summer as a researcher. Chris' work for the 2006 Report Card focused on innovative resource management techniques in the Rockies. He graduated cum laude from Colorado College in May 2006 with a B.A. degree in International Political Economics. Growing up in the mountains of Eagle County, Colorado, Chris gained a particular interest in exploring ways to maintain the unique character of the Rockies region.

Julianne Kellogg is a 2006/07 summer researcher for the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project. As a sophomore graduating in 2009, Julianne will continue to cultivate her knowledge and skills through the Environmental Science major. Julianne was first driven to major in Environmental Science by her experience as a volunteer research assistant in the Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Outside of hands-on research, Julianne is interested in environmental activism. Hoping to bridge the gap between environmentalism and markets, she and two other CC students have founded the CC Buying Back the Earth Project. A native of Massachusetts, Julianne grew up hiking and backpacking in the mountains of New England, developing a lifetime hobby and passion for preserving the natural world

Carissa Look is 2006/07 summer researcher for the State of the Rockies Project. She is an Environmental Science major and French minor at the Colorado College. Carissa spent the summer of 2005 interning for the Sierra Club at their national headquarters in San Francisco, CA. She studied ecology and conservation in Madagascar in the fall of 2005 and plans to write her thesis, entitled "Medicinal Plants and Sustainable Development in Madagascar", using the research she conducted while abroad. Carissa plans to graduate in June of 2007 and hopes to work with sustainable development efforts in Africa. In her spare time Carissa is from Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, enjoys swimming, hiking, cooking, camping, and long road trips.

Tyler McMahon is a 2006/07 summer researcher for the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project. He is currently a senior economics major at Colorado College graduating in May 2007 and a summer researcher with State of the Rockies. His interests are in the field of environmental economics, particularly in resource use and its impacts on both the environment and poverty. The interest in resource use and poverty came from his semester in Nepal, where he observed drastic differences in access to resources, particularly water, between people of different castes, and saw how this affected their livelihoods and also the environment. Tyler grew up in Fairplay, Colorado and is an avid cyclist.

Pablo Navarro is a 2006/07 summer researcher for the State of the Rockies Project. He will graduate from Colorado College in May 2008 with a degree in Mathematical Economics. Upon graduation from Karl C. Parrish School in Barranquilla, Colombia, Pablo received the prestigious Ecopetrol award. At Colorado College he has worked as a Junior Research Fellow with Professor Andrew Price-Smith on a project on Health and Global Affairs and with Professor Daniel Johnson on a project focusing on innovation and economic development in the U.S. His main interest is international economic development and regional integration, particularly in the area of the Americas. His goal is to develop successful strategies to increase wealth in Latin America.

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. 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.

Kate Sneed is a student researcher for Professor Daniel Johnson in the Economics Department, working on analysis of patents and technological change. She is a Mathematical Economics major planning to graduate in May 2007. Her campus activities include the Economics Department Student Advisory Board and the Committee on Instruction, as well as Women for Education in Denver. Growing up in Denver, Colorado and traveling in the Rocky Mountain region, Kate has developed a particular interest in technical innovation in the region. Kate is currently researching and writing on two innovation topics and will write a thesis on the subject in the fall.

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