Africa Center Executive Committee
Kathleen Galvin, Ph.D
Dr. Galvin is Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Senior Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory. She is also an Advising Faculty member in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at CSU. Trained as a biological anthropologist, she has conducted interdisciplinary human-ecological research in east and southern Africa for over 30 years. More recently she has worked in central and east Asia. She is interested in issues of pastoral land use, conservation, climate variability and resilience and adaptation strategies of people in dry lands. Her current research explores local perceptions of climate change and environmental changes and viable solutions both in Mongolia and in Kenya. She has also examined the importance of spatial complexity and the costs of fragmentation of pastoral ecosystems around the world. She led a research group to investigate household decision-making under environmental uncertainty across sites around the world. Dr. Galvin has been a member of a National Academy of Science/National Research Council (NAS/NRC) group to assess Research Needs and Modes of Support for the Human Dimensions of Global Change. She was also a panel member of the NAS NRC Human Dimensions of Seasonal-to-Inter annual Climate Variability group. She served on the National Science Foundation, Cultural Anthropology Program Panel. She was an Aldo Leopold Fellow in 2001.
Boone, R. B., Galvin, K. A., BurnSilver, S. B., Thornton, P. K., Ojima, D. S., & Jawson, J. R. (2011). Using coupled simulation models to link pastoral decision making and ecosystem services. Ecology and Society, 16(2), 6. Download PDF
Galvin, K.A. 2009. Transitions: Pastoralists Living With Change. Annual Review of Anthropology 38(1); 185-198. Download PDF
Paul Evangelista, Ph.D.
Dr. Paul Evangelista is a research ecologist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL). His research has extended across a broad array of interests including invasive species, forestry, rare and endangered wildlife, ethnobotany, ecosystem services, biological soils, post-fire succession, and climate change. His interests are frequently examined in the context of space and time through a suite of integrative spatial modeling techniques that combine field data, geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing. Such analytical approaches have been used for early detection of invasive species, discovery of new wildlife populations, mapping forests and landcover, and predicting species’ distribution in response to changing climates.
In 1999, Paul traveled with to the Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia; a trip that would dramatically influence his life’s path. In 2000, he co-founded a non-profit organization called The Murulle Foundation, with the mission to “maintain the balance between cultural and natural resources in sub-Saharan Africa”. Through the foundation, he has helped facilitate reforestation programs, technical training for natural resource managers, the discovery of new wildlife populations, construction of water-supply system, education in primary schools in rural communities, and many other grass-root initiatives. Paul later went on to pursue a Ph.D. and began shifting his Ethiopian efforts toward research and higher education through the NREL and Warner College of Natural Resources. His research has focused on a number of wildlife species including the mountain nyala and Grevy’s zebra; mapping biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Bale Mountains; and the impacts of climate change on Ethiopia’s food security. He has also facilitated a number of university partnerships, including Mekelle University, Hawassa University and Addis Ababa University.
Paul Evangelista, Nicholas Young, Jonathan Burnett. How will climate change spatially affect agriculture production in Ethiopia? Case studies of important cereal crops Climate Change 2013 119: 855-873. Download PDF
Robin Reid, Ph.D.
Robin Reid is a Professor of the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and the Director of the endowed Center for Collaborative Conservation at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. She is also a faculty member the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology and a Senior Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory. Robin spent 20 years in east Africa, working for CSU and then the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya, where she led research, education and outreach on conservation and pastoral development issues in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. She now leads work on how to make science a catalyst for transformative social action. Robin also works with teams to use collaborative action to make progress on complex problems of society and the environment in the western US, Mongolia and east Africa. She has published widely in interdisciplinary science. Her team won the 2012 Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America and she also published the book, Savannas of Our Birth, in the same year.
Reid, R.S., Fernandez-Gimenez, & Galvin, K.A. (2014). Dynamics and resilence of rangelands and pastoral peoples around the globe. Annual Review of Environmental Resources, 39, 217-42. Download PDF
Rob Alkemadea, Robin S. Reid, Maurits van den Berga, Jan de Leeuwc, and Michel Jeukena (2011). Assessing the impacts of livestock production on biodiversity in rangeland ecosystems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. doi:10.1073/pnas.1011013108 Download PDF
Reid, R.S., Nkedianye, D., Said, M., Kaelo, D., Neselle, M., Makui, O., . . . Kristjanson, P. (2009). Evolution of models to support community and policy action with science: Balancing pastoral livelihoods and wildlife conservation in savannas of East Africa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Download PDF
Sue VandeWoude, DVM
Dr. VandeWoude completed her BS at California Institute of Technology and her DVM at Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. After a brief stint in Clinical Veterinary Practice she performed a post-doctoral fellowship in Comparative Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her post-doctoral research involved characterization of the viral agent associated with Borna Disease Agent. She joined Colorado State University in 1990 and obtained Diplomate status in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine in 1991. Dr. VandeWoude has served a variety of roles at CSU, including Clinical Veterinarian, Associate Director and Director of Laboratory Animal Resources. She has been a faculty member in the Department of Micro-, Immuno-, and Pathology since 1991 (when it was then the Department of Pathology), and is currently Professor of Comparative Medicine and serves as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Dr. VandeWoude's research interests include biology and pathogenesis of Feline Immunodeficiency Virus infections in both domestic and nondomestic felids. Her laboratory studies these viruses in the context of an animal model for HIV/AIDS and as an agent useful for investigation of Ecology of Infectious Disease in charismatic large felid species such as pumas and bobcats. Her work also includes searching for new viral agents in domestic and nondomestic felids using targeted genome enrichment and next generation sequencing technology. Dr. VandeWoude has been a member of the CVMBS One Health Institute steering committee, which aims to develop a framework for One Health studies at CSU. This will include collaborations with partner institutions in West, East, and South Africa in both educational exchanges and research projects. Dr. VandeWoude’s participation in SAES will include serving as a liaison to faculty in CVMBS working in Africa to facilitate networking and collaborative opportunities.
Jessica Davis, Ph.D.
Dr. Jessica Davis is a Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, as well as the coordinator for the Peace Corps Masters International Program. Her research focuses on development of fertilizers and soil fertility management approaches that optimize plant and human nutrition while protecting environmental quality. Nitrogen fertilizer is estimated to contribute about two-thirds of greenhouse gas emissions attributed to crop production. But without fertilizers, crop yields would be halved, a loss that humanity cannot afford. Therefore, Dr. Davis and her colleagues are working towards development of fertilizers that can be produced locally, moving towards a truly local agriculture and avoidance of fossil fuel usage during shipping. Currently, her research is focused on two types of farming systems: organic, diversified vegetable farms in Colorado and smallholder farms in Ethiopia. Please visit her website to learn more about research on cyanobacterial bio-fertilizer.
Stacy Lynn, Ph.D.
Dr. Lynn is a Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory and has been working in Africa since 1994. Dr. Lynn received her first degree in Elementary education from Penn State University which led to several years of teaching in the Baltimore City School District before she joined the Peace Corps as a teacher trainer in the town of Otjiwarongo, Namibia. During her Peace Corps tenure she founded the Earthwise Environmental Club for primary and secondary students, and worked extensively with the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF). At CCF she worked on issues related to cheetah conservation and local people in the Namibian drylands, and helped to develop the CCF education program.
Dr. Lynn received both her MSc (Rangeland Ecosystem Science) and PhD (Ecology) at Colorado State University where she studied the impacts of conservation policy and ecology on Maasai pastoralists, as well as the impacts of cultivation for both Maasai pastoral livelihoods and wildlife movement at multiple scales in northern Tanzania. She has current and pending research projects in Kenya, Tanzania and the US related to local people, wildlife conservation, risk perception, traditional ecological knowledge, fire, environmental governance, participatory mapping, landscape ecology, and the development of tools for mobile devices to collect social and ecological research data. Some of her specializations are in interdisciplinary approaches to research, participatory research methods, science education, systems thinking, and situation assessment. She has worked with a very diverse team of scientists in the social and ecological sciences who practice in the drylands of East Africa and beyond. These diverse influences have strongly shaped her specialization in taking a broad systems approach to social-ecological research related to conservation and livelihoods in East African dryland systems. Her interest is in investigating complex, applied, social-ecological questions that have real implications on the ground for both people and conservation using a combination of ecological and social science methods to perform integrated and community-based collaborative research.
Lynn, S.J. (2010). Crisis Aversion in an Uncertain World: Cultivation by East African Pastoralists. In Tipping Points in Humanitarian Crisis: From Hot Spots to Hot Systems, Xiaomeng Shen, Thomas E. Downing and Mohamed Hamza (eds.). Download PDF
James R Owiny, BVM, Ph.D., DACLAM, CM
Dr. Owiny is a Laboratory Animal Veterinarian with the Department of Laboratory Animal Resources. He is a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. He served as a Lecturer in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Makerere University; a Postdoctoral Associate and Research Associate at Cornell Univeristy; Postdoctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins University; and later Training and Compliance Administrator at Johns Hopkins University. He is currently an Adhoc Specialist for AAALAC. His research interests are in reproductive and fetal physiology and Laboratory Animal Medicine. Dr. Owiny is also interested in Business Processes and how to make them more efficient and more effective. He is active in several Laboratory Animal organizations, and serves as a reviewer for a number of Journals in that field. His other interest is in Public Health.
Gabriel Senay, PhD
Gabriel Senay is a Research Physical Scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation and Science (USGS EROS) Center. Senay is co-located with the North Central Climate Science Center in Fort Collins, Colorado and is a faculty affiliate with the Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, Colorado State University; he also maintains an adjunct professor position with South Dakota State University where he has taught a graduate course “remote sensing of water resources.” He conducts applied research on water use and availability assessment and drought monitoring using satellite-derived data and hydrologic modeling. His research contributes to the development and dissemination of a suite of drought early warning products through the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) for Africa, Central America, and parts of Asia (https://earlywarning.usgs.gov/fews). Similarly, through the USGS Water Census program, he works on the estimation and mapping of landscape water use dynamics and trends for the United States. He is a licensed professional engineer in Civil Engineering (Water Resources) and obtained a B.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering from Alemaya University in Ethiopia, M.Sc. in Hydrology from Wageningen University, The Netherlands, and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.
Sue Van Den Heever, PhD
Professor Sue van den Heever received her B.S. in Mathematics and her M.S. in Physical Geography from the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) in Johannesburg, South Africa. She worked as a research associate at WITS focusing on topics such as ENSO, southern African drought and tropical-temperature troughs before coming to Colorado State University to obtain her Ph.D. Sue then spent two years as a postdoctoral student and several years as a research scientist at Colorado State University before joining the faculty in the fall of 2008.
David Bunn, PhD
Dr. David Bunn joined the CSU Natural Resources Ecology Lab [NREL] from his position as Director of the Wits Knowledge Hub for Rural Development at Wits Rural Facility, one of the largest and most prestigious rural research bases in Africa.
David Bunn’s research and teaching is strongly interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on spatial theory, political geography, and cultural anthropology. He has worked for many years on the relationship between communities and protected areas in the savanna biome. His long-term research projects in South Africa’s Kruger National Park include reference to the political economy of borders, interactions between Mozambican refugees and lions, and Southern Africa’s wildlife economy. Exploring the intersection of race, ethnicity, and conservation management, he has produced films and studies of early African game rangers.
Outside academia, he has worked in government and environmental trusts, pursuing environmental justice for the groups that border protected areas. Current interests include land conflict in southern Africa, and on gendered authority over communal rangelands. Beyond that, he is interested in human-animal conflict; trans-boundary conservation areas; neo-liberalism and nature; environmental film and writing; anthropologies of nature; indigenous knowledge systems; and environmental area studies (Africa, South Africa, Australia, India, and elsewhere) with an interdisciplinary and social sciences emphasis.
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2. McHale, M.R., Pickett, S.T.A., Bunn, D. N., Twine, W. 2013. “Urban Ecology in a Developing World: Why Advanced Socio-Ecological Theory Needs Africa.” Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11(10): 556-563;
3. Bunn, D. N. 2006. “The Museum Outdoors: Heritage, Cattle, and Permeable Borders in the South Western Kruger National Park.” In Corrine Kratz and Ivan Karp, eds., Museum Frictions: Public Cultures/Global Transformations.” Duke University Press.