Students

I grew up in rural North Carolina and moved to Colorado to pursue my undergraduate degree, a  Bachelor of Science in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. I graduated in December of 2019 and came back to CSU in the Fall of 2020 to pursue a Masters of Forest Sciences, with a focus on climate adaptation policy at the state level.

In my undergrad, during field work in Peru, I developed an interest in rural communities’ resilience and response to a changing climate. This interest included understanding the effects of policy and stakeholding in addressing large-scale disturbance. Inspired by this interest, I later served as a fellow for the Colorado Science and Engineering Policy Fellowship. I completed an independent research project and proposal focused on

Tamera Breidenbach

MS Student – Forest Sciences

Colorado wetland resilience. I presented my policy proposal to state leaders and legislators to encourage resilient Colorado wetland ecosystems, particularly in mountain and wildland-urban communities. I expanded my wetlands project at the Conference of the Parties (COP) 25 in Madrid, Spain in December 2019 for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The proposal, Adaptations at High Elevations: Mountain Communities Across the World and the Different Strategies to Adapt to Climate Change, focused on adaptation at high elevations, concentrating on the different resiliency strategies that mountain communities across the world utilize to address a changing climate. My other professional experiences include interning for my Congressional Representative and working as a Legislative Aide for a Colorado State Senator amidst the unprecedented legislative session during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, I am working as the Program Manager for the Climate Adaptation Partnership (CAP) for Policy Innovation and Research Coordination. The goal of the CAP is to foster collaborations among CSU researchers and center leaders that work on climate adaptation with two core emphases: coordinating interdisciplinary research efforts and building connections between researchers and policymakers to facilitate the application of climate adaptation research in policy venues.

Tyler Aldworth

MS Student – Forest Sciences

I started the Forest Sciences Master’s program in Fall of 2020 after completing my undergraduate degree in Forestry from the University of Montana. After focusing my undergraduate studies in Montana on wildland fire, I decided to attend CSU, where I am researching the US Forest Service’s Shared Stewardship Strategy. I’m looking to understand how it is playing out across different states and regions, with the goal of better understanding how land managers might implement effective cross-boundary forest restoration activities to combat the growing ecological crises on our public lands.

I joined the Forest Science’s masters program at CSU in Fall 2019. My background is in human-carnivore conflict and human dimensions research. While at CSU, I will be conducting research on the policy surrounding the proposed reintroduction of the wolf in Colorado. See my recent essay on this history of wolf reintroduction.

During my undergrad at Pace University, I started a research study on human perceptions of urban coyotes in New York City (publication here). After graduating in 2017, I was given the opportunity to work for Pace as a research assistant. I was able to continue my study on coyotes, as well as assist on numerous urban social ecological studies. I also got the opportunity to work with the NYC Parks and Recreation Department as a wildlife field tech monitoring the endangered piping plover. Most recently, I worked for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden as a botanist educator.

Brielle Manzolillo

MS Student – Forest Sciences