Jonathan D. Coop
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies andBiology
BA, Biology, University of California Santa Cruz, 1995
PhD, Botany, University of Wisconsin Madison, 2005
My teaching and research interests revolve around the ecology, conservation, and restoration of plant communities and landscapes in the southern Rocky Mountains. Themes include how disturbance regimes, climate, and spatially-structured abiotic gradients interact to shape diversity, community composition, and landscape dynamics. Bristlecone pines, aspens, mountain meadows, burned landscapes, and wetlands are some of the subjects I study. I teach introductory and advanced courses in biology and environmental studies and lead many field trips to wild places near and far.
As an ecologist and just a guy likes to float a river with my family every now and then, I am deeply concerned about humanity's effects on the biosphere and what kind of future we are leaving the next generations. Much of my energy these days goes into practical strategies for building sustainable and resilient human and ecological communities. My ENVS students have developed a working sustainability plan for Western State College. I also chair Western's "20-by-20" committee to reduce the CO2 footprint of the college 20% by 2020.
Phone: (970) 943-2565
Office: Kelley Hall 105
Applied Environmental Studies, Ecology, Environmental Biology, Environmental Biology Lab, Environmental Monitoring, Forest Ecology, Natural History of the Gunnison Basin, Rocky Mountain Flora, Rocky Mountain Natural History, Science Technology & the Environment, Sustainability, Watersheds of the World, and senior seminars in Ethnobotany, Fire Ecology, and Forest Dynamics.
Coop, J.D. and A.W. Schoettle. 2011. Fire and high-elevation, five-needle pine (Pinus aristata and P. flexilis) ecosystems in the southern Rocky Mountains: what do we know? In: Keane, R.E.; Tomback, D.F.; Murray, M.P.; and Smith, C. M., eds. 2011. The future of high-elevation, five-needle white pines in Western North America: Proceedings of the High Five Symposium. 28-30 June 2010; Missoula, MT. Proceedings RMRS-P-63. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.
Coop, J.D., Massatti, R.T., and Schoettle, A.W. 2010. Subalpine vegetation three decades after stand-replacing fire: effects of landscape context and topography on plant community composition, tree regeneration, and diversity. Journal of Vegetation Science 21: 472-487.
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