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CSU Faculty Experts by Session

Here are Colorado State University faculty experts on topics covered in our concurrent sessions on Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12.

See also CSU faculty experts listed by topic.


Telling Environmental Stories in Sound (Friday, October 11, 11:00 a.m.)

Seeing Environmentally (Friday, October 11, 2:00 p.m.)

Reinventing the News Business: The Promises and Perils of News Startups (Saturday, October 12, 9:00 a.m.)

Following the Money in Environmental Reporting (Saturday, October 12, 10:45 a.m.)


Reporting in Indian Country 101 (Friday, October 11, 11:00 a.m.)

True West, True Stories: Why a Rainbow of Voices Is Missing from Our Federal Lands Coverage and How Redirecting Our Attention Will Mean Smarter Stories (Friday, October 11, 2:00 p.m.)

  • Tony Cheng (forest governance, policy, administration, director of Colorado Forest Restoration Institute at CSU)
  • Stephanie A. Malin (toxic legacies in Rocky Flats, effects of oil and gas development)

Covering Resistance (Saturday, October 12, 10:45 a.m.)


Roadblocks to Renewables: Obstacles on the Road to a (Really) Low-carbon Future (Friday, October 11, 11:00 a.m.)

Can States and Cities Fill the Leadership Void on Climate Change? (Friday, October 11, 2:00 p.m.)

  • Michele Betsill (climate change, environmental governance, international policy framing)
  • Melissa McHale (urban ecology and sustainability, water in S. Africa)

Coal in Transition: What the Industry’s Decline Means for Coal Communities (Saturday, October 12, 9:00 a.m.)

  • Ed Barbier (natural resource and development economics, interface between economics and ecology, “new green deal”)
  • Robert Duffy

Plastics: What’s Around the Corner? (Saturday, October 12, 10:45 a.m.)


Beyond Conventional vs. Organic: Can Conventional and Organic Agriculture Find Common Ground? (Friday, October 11, 11:00 a.m.)

Can Green Be Clean? The Environmental Impacts of Legal Cannabis (Friday, October 11, 2:00 p.m.)

  • Matt Wallenstein (soil microbial ecologist who studies how microbes drive nutrient cycling, soil formation and decomposition, and affect crop health and productivity)

Soils and Earth and Greenhouse Gases (Saturday, October 12, 9:00 a.m.)

Agriculture: Climate Change Culprit, Victim and Solution (Saturday, October 12, 10:45 a.m.)


Covering Outdoor Recreation (Friday, October 11, 11:00 a.m.)

Water Rights, Water Justice? (Friday, October 11, 2:00 p.m.)

Western Water: The Push for More Storage in Headwaters (Saturday, October 12, 9:00 a.m.)

  • Stephanie Kampf (Stream Tracker citizen science, how runoff generation is affected by climate, landscape characteristics and disturbance)
  • Ellen Wohl

Water in the West: Challenges and Solutions (Saturday, October 12, 10:45 a.m.)


What Will It Take To End Extinction? (Friday, October 11, 11:00 a.m.)

Who Let the Bugs (Die) Out? (Friday, October 11, 2:00 p.m.)

The Wildfire Crisis: Can We Log (or Graze, Thin, Burn, Zone or Rake) Our Way Out of This? (Saturday, October 12, 9:00 a.m.)

  • Tony Cheng (forest governance, policy, administration, director of Colorado Forest Restoration Institute at CSU)
  • Courtney Schultz (forest governance, climate change adaptation, policy)


Future of the EPA (Friday, October 11, 11:00 a.m.)

  • Robert Duffy
  • Jennifer Peel (health effects of air pollution, both ambient air pollution in the U.S. and household air pollution from indoor cookstoves in lower- and middle-income countries)

Air Pollution and Health: Covering an Invisible Killer (Friday, October 11, 2:00 p.m.)

Market-Based Mechanisms: The Good, the Bad and the Details (Saturday, October 12, 9:00 a.m.)