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Corina McKendry

Director, State of the Rockies Project
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

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Corina McKendry teaches environmental politics and political economy in the Political Science Department and for the Environmental Studies Program. Courses she teaches include Environment and Society; Cities, Sustainability, and Environmental Justice; Global Environmental Policy; Subnational Climate Governance; Introduction to International Political Economy; and U.S. Environmental Politics. 

 Professor McKendry’s research examines legitimacy, effectiveness, and equity in city environmental governance. With a focus on postindustrial cities in the Global North, she is particularly interested in how city leaders negotiate the tensions between environmental protection, economic growth, and social justice, the oft-cited “three pillars” of sustainability. In particular, her work investigates the ways that local politics, national legal context, and the globalized economy intersect in cities in ways that force leaders to negotiate trade-offs – or seek to find common ground – among these three goals. Her book, Greening Post-Industrial Cities: Growth, Equity, and Environmental Governance was published by Routledge Press in 2018.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Macalester College (MN) and her Masters and PhD from the Department of Politics at the University of California Santa Cruz. She began teaching at Colorado College in the fall of 2011.


Shane Heschel

Associate Professor, Associate Chair of the Organismal Biology and Ecology Department

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Shane Heschel is a professor in the Organismal Biology and Ecology Department whose research interests include physiological ecology of plant populations, particularly in stressful environments (such as drought and UV); he examines how physiological mechanisms of stress tolerance evolve as well as how environmental factors drive the local extinction of plant populations. Shane spends his free time enjoying blues guitar, baseball, pie, and botany.


Miro Kummel

Associate Professor, Director of the Environmental Program

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Miroslav 'Miro' Kummel is a professor in the Environmental Program and a population ecologist whose research connects the boundaries of mathematics, biology, and climatology. Miro's research focuses on two distinct but related topics in spatial ecology. In the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Miro studies self-organization and emergent properties in spatial population dynamics of aphids, ants, and ladybugs.

Moving to higher elevations on Pikes Peak, Miro studies the migration of alpine tree line in response to regionally changing climate, and small-scale microclimatological feedbacks that are generated by the tree line migration. He spends his free time organic gardening, riding horses, painting with watercolors, woodworking with hand tools, skiing, and backpacking.


Scott Ingram

Assistant Professor of Archaeological Anthropology, Department of Anthropology
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Scott Ingram is an anthropologist and archaeologist of the North American Southwest.  His research objectives are to: (1) contribute insights toward understanding contemporary problems such as human vulnerability to climate change by investigating long-term human and environmental interactions in the ancient Southwest; and (2) advance understanding of climate and human history in the Southwest, especially during the dramatic population decline of the 1300 to 1500 CE period.  Most aspects of his work involve attention to applications of archaeology to contemporary socio-environmental problems. 

His emerging area of scholarship is collaborating with students to document and interpret Colorado’s past through historic archaeology, dendroarchaeology, and dendroclimatology.  Students are currently working on projects for the US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Department, and The Nature Conservancy. 


Jean Lee

Assistant Professor, Environmental Program

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Jean Lee is a professor in the Environmental Program and an ecological economist who works with farmers in developing countries (sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia) to explore issues of equity in payment for ecosystem services schemes. Jean is committed to a participatory action research approach and works closely with the local communities and organizations to identify questions that are of relevance to them. As part of this commitment to local, place-based research, she has started working with rural, dependent communities on the Western Slope and investigating how natural resource management conflicts interact with their livelihood strategies. 

Her research interests include theory and practice of social learning and collaboration, adaptation and resiliency, and multi-scale governance. She spends her free time hiking, cooking, and eating good cheese-- the sharper the better!


Kat Miller-Stevens

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics and Business

Katrina earned her undergraduate Liberal Arts degree in History from Colorado State University.  Her graduate studies include a Master of Nonprofit Management from Regis University and a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado Denver.  Prior to joining the Department of Economics and Business at Colorado College, she taught for six years in Virginia.  Before that, she worked in the nonprofit sector for ten years as a budget coordinator, grants manager, and program evaluator.

Katrina’s research interests include social entrepreneurship, nonprofit organizations, and collaboration. Specifically, she is interested in the similarities and differences between benefit corporations and nonprofit organizations. She also examines the impacts of government regulations on nonprofit lobbying expenditures and governance practices. In the area of collaboration, she explores new models and frameworks that explain how the business, nonprofit, and public sectors work together to solve social and environmental problems including sharing of knowledge and resources, leadership and governance issues, and size and scope of collaborations.


Tyler Cornelius

Visiting Assistant Professor

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Tyler Cornelius is a cultural and environmental historian who focuses on the North American West. Tyler’s current research focuses on the mid-century hydroelectric development of the Columbia River, and the social, cultural, and economic changes that came with it.

He currently holds a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Environmental Science at Colorado College, where he teaches courses relating to American Indian History, environmental history, sustainability, and changing food systems. Tyler spends his free time hiking, backpacking, talking politics, enjoying local food and drink, and gardening with his toddler son.