MEM Track: Integrative & Public Land Management
This track prepares students for careers with: U.S. Forest Service; Bureau of Land Management; federal, state and local park services; environmental nonprofits; sustainable agricultural entities; and land trusts. Students also develop expertise in climate
MEM Track: Sustainable & Resilient Communities
This track prepares students for careers in climate action planning, community-based sustainability coordinating and sustainability consulting. Students also learn organizational development methods for building sustainable food, energy, water, housing an
Francis Mitalo came from Kenya to energy efficiency. His master’s project focuses on conducting greenhouse gas emissions assessments and innovative mitigation measures for his home country.
Melanie Armstrong teaches courses on environmental policy, public lands and politics of nature. She joined Western as the Public Lands Coordinator following 15 years with the National Park Service.
Andres Esparza works as a diversity and inclusion instructor at Teton Science School and is Wyoming’s ambassador to Latino Outdoors, which aims to give more Latino children access to public lands.
John Hausdoerffer is a Professor and Director of the Master of Environmental Management programs, Professor of Environment and Sustainability, Professor of Philosophy and the Director of the Headwaters Project. His research is in land justice and he is the author and editor of several books including the recently sold-out Wildness: Relations of People and Place.
Kevin Alexander is a specialist in aquatic invertebrates and has taught a wide range of Biology courses from ZoologytoEnvironmental Science. His ongoing research projects include his well-known studies of the most endangered butterfly in North America, biomonitoring and assessment of streams, biodiversity of aquatic insects in the West, riparian and watershed assessments, and baseline studies in conservation biology.
Brooke Moran’s focuses include leadership development, organizational sustainability and employee engagement. Moran serves on Western State Colorado University’s campus-wide Sustainability Action Committee, for which she was the chairwoman for four years. She also serves as the board president for Coldharbour Institute.
Brian Bernhardt teaches classes in a variety of topics including Local Food in the Gunnison Valley, Politics and the Environment and Politics of Social Movements. His research includes Anti-Authoritarian Social Movements, Democratic Theory and Practice and Environmental Politics.
Matthew Aronson is an assistant professor of sociology and serves as faculty advisor for the Sociology Club/AKD, Spectrum and the Native American Student Council. His applied research has included conducting interviews and focus groups among homeless youth in Denver, classroom observations of kindergarteners as they interact with science exhibits and in-depth interviews with environmental activists and high-level bureaucrats at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.