March 23, 2021

Research and Project Briefs

“Sin Agua, No Hay Vida”: Exploring Threats to San Luis Valley, Colorado Water Supply—Cloe Dickson

(2021) Cloe Dickson used qualitative research methods, interviews and participant observation, as well as archival resources and discourse analysis. Learn more about the project…


Impacts of Climate Change on Sagebrush Plant Communities Under Variable Grazing Pressures — Scott Carpenter

(2021) Scott’s research examines the relationship between precipitation patterns and grazing by studying grazing intensity gradients created around livestock water sources in southwest Wyoming. Learn more about the project…


Community-led Water Resilience in Los Angeles, CA — Ryanna Fossum

(2021) Ryanna Fossum worked with the Council for Watershed Health (CWH) on their efforts to promote integrated regional watershed management in the greater Los Angeles region. Learn more about the project…


A Sustainable Redesign of the Secure Rural Schools Act — Shannon Bell

(2021) At Oregon Wild, Shannon researched and developed an alternate model to the SRS county payments program that emphasizes and incentivizes conservation. Learn more about the project…


Large-Scale Organic Farming in Montana’s Great Plains: Vilicus Farms — Tim Ibbotson-Sindelar

(2020) Tim immersed himself in daily life at Vilicus Farms, a 9,600-acre organic, dryland, grain, pulse and oilseed farm near Havre, Montana. Learn more about the project…


Managing the Yampa River in a Changing Climate — Humna Sharif

(2020) Humna Sharif worked with the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) to understand climate change and management policy impacts on freshwater resources that support national park units. Learn more about the project…


Pursuing Better Stewardship and Better Futures: Centering Native American Histories and Perspectives — Reid Lewis

(2020) Reid worked with post-graduate fellows at Yale Forests to create a public reading group centered on Indigenous nations, especially the Nipmuc Nation in the Northeast. Learn more about the project…


Water Rights as a Conservation Tool — Margot Buckelew

(2020) Margot assisted with biological assessments of streams within RMBL’s in-stream flow decrees. These studies collected data to monitor diversity and community composition of benthic macroinvertebrates, aquatic bugs that act as indicator species of water quality. Learn more about the project…


Soil Health and Carbon Sequestration in Regenerative Agriculture — Darya Watnick

(2020) Darya Watnick supported Mad Agriculture (Mad Ag), a Colorado-based organization that strives ‘to reimagine and restore our relationship with Earth through agriculture,’ with their soil health efforts. Learn more about the project…