Who We Are


Robin Reid

Robin Reid is the Director of the Center for Collaborative Conservation, an initiative of CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources.   As Director, she oversees all the CCC’s programs and staff. Robin has also been a senior research scientist at Colorado State's Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory since 2002, and is on the faculty of the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship.  As faculty, she leads and participates in trans-disciplinary teams working on linked social-ecological systems, collaborative research methods, education and engagement in the drylands of East Africa and Mongolia.  She also has a strong interest in linking and fostering learning about the collaborative conservation initiatives in the American West. 

With her team, she teaches a course in collaborative conservation as part of the Conservation Leadership through Learning Program.  Robin came to CSU in 2008 from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya, where she led research, education and outreach on conservation and development issues in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the western United States since 1992. She is a CSU alumnus, having received her PhD in Rangeland Ecosystem Science here in 1992. To visit Robin's webpage, click here.

Associate Director

Kim Skyelander
Kim Skyelander

Kim Skyelander is the CCC's Associate Director.  She has a B.S. degree in Wildlife Biology from Utah State University, a M.S. degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho. She worked professionally for the U.S. Forest Service as a wildlife biologist, public affairs specialist, assistant district ranger, tribal government liaison, and wilderness ranger.  She left the USFS to pursue a career in teaching and taught natural resources classes for eight years at the Salish Kootenai College on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana, and also taught at the University of Idaho. Before coming to the CCC, Kim was the executive director of Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, a large residential outdoor school in northeastern MN. Her interests are understanding how conventional science and local/place-based/traditional knowledge link together to support conservation actions; human emotional and spiritual connections to land, and environmental education.


Ed Warner

Ed Warner is a retired geologist.  He currently 'works' as a volunteer devoting himself to science education and conservation issues.  He holds honorary faculty positions at Colorado State University as a Faculty Affiliate to the Department of Geosciences and as a Professor practicing Cooperative Conservation in the Warner College of Natural Resources. Ed founded the Center for Collaborative Conservation in 2008.

Other Design and Development Team Members

See descriptions above (under Executive Committee):

  • Maria Fernandez-Gimenez
  • Kathy Galvin
  • Jeff Jahnke
  • Heather Knight
  • Lee Scharf
  • Ed Warner

Past Executive Committee Members

  • Peter Taylor (Department of Sociology, CSU)
  • Jeff Jahnke (retired, Colorado State Forest Service)
  • Lee Scharf (MESA, Mediated Environmentally Sustainable Action)