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Maria Fernandez-Gimenez, PhD.


Professor Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

Contact Info

Phone: (970) 491-0409   Office: 200 A Natural Resources

Email:   Lab:


Fields of Expertise

1.) Ecosystem Dynamics

Areas of Interest

 Community-based resource managementDynamicssRangeland social-ecological systemsLocal and traditional ecological knowledgeManagement of Grass and Shrubland WatershedsPastoral development


My research interests include both ecological and social dimensions of wildland ecosystems, focusing primarily on rangelands. Current and past projects have addressed the following themes: community-based and collaborative natural resource management; traditional and local ecological knowledge; pastoralism and pastoral development; participatory research; effects of livestock grazing and other disturbances on the structure and function of rangeland ecosystems.