Africa Center Leadership in the News

The Africa Center's Leaders are dedicated and involved in their research. Browse this page to see news involving our principal investigators.

We recommend you read this article, Is Deforestation Driving Mt. Kenya’s Glacier Recession?, by , which quotes the Africa Center's Director, Dr. Kathleen Galvin.

Colorado State University's Water Center has selected five Water Research Teams and two Water Faculty Fellows as recipients of funding for 2018-2019. Two teams feature our own Africa Center senior leadership, including Director Dr. Kathleen Galvin.

Photo credit: CSU Water Center

CSU professor of anthropology Kathleen Galvin has been named as a lead author to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ (IPBES) Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

Galvin, director of The Africa Center in CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability, was nominated by the U.S. government to participate in the IPBES program. Authors are selected through an international process led by the IPBES multidisciplinary expert panel (MEP) and the three IPBES co-chairs. The team of authors includes 122 experts split among six chapters.

The Africa Center's Director Dr. Kathleen Galvin speaks about Africa and the Center on "The Sustainablity Hour" radio show, which is sponsored by the School of Global Environmental Sustainabiliy.


The Africa Center's director Dr. Kathleen Galvin recently traveled to Rwanda to join the Smart Village Minigrid Team, led by CSU's Dan Zimmerle.  The purpose of her visit was to confirm a partnership through a memorandum of understanding (MOU)  The MOU outlines plans for research and education exchanges between the Rwandan government, the University of Rwanda and CSU. The partnership was seeded by a two-year-old project led by researchers from the CSU Energy Institute and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES)/Africa Center.

To learn more about the project please read this article from CSU's Source, "It’s official: CSU, government of Rwanda are partners in smart, sustainable development".

In the photo we see Dr. Galvin speaking to government officials in Rwanda.

Kathleen Galvin, Director of the Africa Center was in Paris the week of November 23 to attend a couple of UNESCO sponsored meetings. The first was a meeting on ‘Knowing our Changing Climate in Africa’ with community partners from east and west Africa. 

Ismael from Uganda is standing with Kathy at UNESCO with the Eiffel Tower in the background (photo taken by Beth Holland).

Dr. Kathy Galvin, Director of the Africa Center, recently shared her personal experiences of researching and working in Africa. 

“I wanted to go to Africa since high school. I had a friend then whose father was a diplomat in Kenya and she had stories about caravanning overland from Nairobi, Kenya to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. I wanted to do the same. It was not until I was in graduate school and trained to do human diet intake and nutritional status among a group of nomadic pastoralists in Kenya that I got the chance.” 

It was this chance that changed Dr. Galvin forever.  

Photo credit: Dr. Kathy Galvin: Dr. Galvin interviewing in Kenya

Stacy Lynn, a member of the Africa Center leadership team would like to share the recent establishment of the African Drylands Institute of Sustainability (ADIS).

Director, Kathy Galvin was in southern Colorado in mid-September with the Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy of Colorado. She was at home in the canyonlands of south-east Colorado as they are similar to the drylands of Kenya. Can you pick her out? She’s right in the middle, sitting, with a blue t-shirt and a purple shirt over her shoulders.

The Africa Center's Paul Evangelista, Ph.D. recently had his photograph selected as the cover photo for the June 2015 issue of Human Ecology.  


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