Principal Investigators

Colorado State University

Dr. Tom Hobbs – Principal Investigator, 2001 – present

Our group seeks to understand the population dynamics and community interactions of large mammals throughout the world. Currently, we work on large herbivores and carnivores in western North America and Scandinavia. We investigate how chronic and epidemic disease shape population processes; we study the role of predation and weather in controlling animal abundance and harvest by people; and we work to reveal how the structure of food webs, the physical environment, and climate shape fundamental the structure and function of ecosystems. In all of our work, we use models of ecological process to gain insight from data.

Colorado State University

David Cooper – Principal Investigator,  2001 – present

I work on ecosystems characterized by a perennial, seasonal or periodic abundance of water, including peatlands (fens and bogs), streams/rivers and their floodplains, marshes, springs, wet meadows, and salt flats.  My specialty is mountain wetland ecology and hydrology and I have ongoing and recent projects in the Rocky Mountains, Sierra Nevada, Cascades, Coast Range, Andes, and Carpathian Mountains (Poland and Slovakia).  Study sites range from the wettest to the driest climate regions, from the arctic to the tropics, from lowland to mountain tops, and wilderness to urban landscapes.  Research projects address theoretical issues in ecology and hydrology, as well as applied problems in land and water management and restoration.  We work with all levels of government (federal, state, county, city), for large and small for-profit and non-profit companies, as well as water management agencies, ski areas and mining companies, individuals and conservation organizations to address questions and problems in wetland ecosystem formation, persistence, functioning, management and restoration.  Almost all of my work involves graduate students at Colorado State University.

Doug Smith – Principal Investigator

Senior Investigators

Göran Spong – Senior Investigator

Current Graduate Students

Colorado State University

Dan Kotter – PhD Student,  2015 – present

Dan joins the project after conducting research and GIS/database management in the Northern Rockies with the National Park Service and United States Geological Survey since 2007.  He will continue investigating ecosystem state transition in Yellowstone’s Northern Range while focusing on beaver disturbance and feedbacks.

Past Graduate Students

Danielle Bilyeu-Johnston (PhD) 2001 – 2006

Evan Wolf (M.S.) 2001 – 2004

Kristin Marshall (PhD) 2008 – 2012

Derek Fedak 2012 – 2016