Students

Lily Calfee

Lily Calfee

MS Student – Forest Sciences

I grew in rural Vermont, amidst working forests and farmland, with a family history of forest conservation and cross-aisle collaboration. I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont in 2009, a BA in Studio Arts with a minor in Anthropology. I returned to the arts in 2017 with an exploration into traditional and sustainable textile around the world. This work brought me to a fallow flax field in rural Lithuania, where a local seamstress explained that Lithuania’s flax fields once provided most of Europe’s linen. However, while home gardens still grew abundantly, the Soviet occupation and USSR land-use policies farmed the rich

agricultural land to dust. As the flax harvest dwindled, factories closed, and communities sank into poverty. This intersection of policy, ecology, and local culture drove me to learn more about how land management policies in the US affect the health of our forests and the rural communities that depend on those landscapes.

These experiences led me to pursue my MS with the PLPG in Fall 2021. I am researching large landscape-scale collaboratives and the hurdles they face as they scale up to meet the need for increased pace and scale of forest restoration in the face of the changing climate. I’m particularly interested in how boundary-spanning organizations can help us meet the “triple bottom line” of social, environmental, and ecological regeneration. Ultimately, I hope to help collaborative organizations leverage policies to conserve and restore the landscapes that communities and identities depend on.

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. I presented an expanded version of 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). I also have interned for our US House Representative Joe Neguse and worked as a Legislative Aide for a Colorado State Senator during 2020.

As part of my work for the Public Lands Policy Group, I am working as the Program Manager for the Climate Adaptation Partnership (CAP) for Policy Innovation and Research Coordination.

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.