Jonathan Coop CV

Jonathan D. Coop

School of Environment & Sustainability

Western Colorado University, Gunnison CO 81231

970.943.2565

jcoop@western.edu

www.western.edu/people/jonathancoop

www.researchgate.net/profile/Jonathan_Coop

Current Position

Associate Professor of Environment & Sustainability and Biology. Western Colorado University, Gunnison, Colo. 2017-present.

Education

Ph.D. Department of Botany, University of Wisconsin Madison. Madison, Wisc. 2005.

Dissertation: Environmental Determinants of Subalpine Treelines in the Southern Rockies.

Advisor: Dr. Thomas J. Givnish. 

B.A. with Honors. Biology, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, Calif. 1995.

Courses Taught at Western

First Year Seminar (HWTR 100), Studies in Biology (BIOL 120), Environmental Biology (BIOL 130), Environmental Biology Lab (BIOL 135), Science of Sustainability and Resilience (ENVS 301), Ecology (BIOL 301), Ecology Lab (BIOL 302), Rocky Mountain Flora (BIOL 353), Environmental Monitoring (ENVS 390), Independent Study (ENVS 392, BIOL 397), Applied Sustainability (ENVS 400), Natural History of the Gunnison Basin (ENVS 420), Watersheds of the World (ENVS 430), Forest Ecology (BIOL 481), Biology Senior Seminar (BIOL 495), Internship in Environmental Studies (ENVS 499), Master’s Project Development (ENVS 690), Master’s Project and Portfolio (ENVS 694).

Prior Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor of Environment & Sustainability and Biology.  Western Colorado University, Gunnison, Colo.  2012-2017.

Visiting Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies. Western Colorado University, Gunnison, Colo. 2008-2012.

Instructor. Wildlands Studies, California State University, Monterey Bay, Calif. Six-week, upper-division undergraduate field study programs: Utah, Bolivia, Chile. 2006, 2009.

Affiliate Faculty. Department of Forest, Rangeland, & Watershed Stewardship and Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colo. 2007-2008. 

Teaching Assistant, Ecology Laboratory Coordinator. Departments of Botany and Zoology, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, Wisc. 2000-2004.

Postdoc and Prior Research Experience

Postdoctoral Research Ecologist. USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fort Collins, Colo., & Mountain Studies Institute, Silverton, Colo. 2007-2008.

Plant Ecology Consulting and Contract Employment. Amigos de Valles Caldera,  Earthworks Institute, Keystone Restoration, New Mexico Natural Heritage Program, Quivira Coalition, Steve Vrooman Restoration, UW Madison Hawai’ian Ecosystems Change project, Valles Caldera Trust. 2005-2011.

Field Biologist. Craighead Wildlife-Wildlands Institute. Missoula, Mont. 1995-1999

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Coop, J.D, T.A. Grant, P.A. Magee, and E. Moore. 2017. Mastication treatment effects on vegetation and fuels in piñon-juniper woodlands of central Colorado, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 396: 68-84.

Haire, S.L., J.D. Coop, and C. Miller.  2017. Characterizing spatial neighborhoods of refugia following large fires in northern New Mexico, USA. Land 6, 19. doi:10.3390/land6010019.

Schoettle, A.W., & Coop, J. D. 2017. Range-wide conservation of Pinus aristata: a genetic collection with ecological context for proactive management today and resources for tomorrow. New Forests 1-19. doi:10.1007/s11056-017-9570-z

Krawchuk, M.A., Haire, S.L., Coop, J.D., Parisien, M.A., Whitman, E., Chong, G., & Miller, C. 2016. Topographic and fire weather controls of fire refugia in forested ecosystems of northwestern North America. Ecosphere 7. doi: 10.1002/ecs2.1632

Coop, J.D., S.A. Parks, S.R. McClernan, and L.M. Holsinger. 2016. Influences of prior wildfires on vegetation response to subsequent fire in a reburned southwestern landscape. Ecological Applications 26: 346-354.

Whitman, E., E. Batllori, M.A. Parisien, C. Miller, J.D. Coop, M.A. Krawchuk, G.W. Chong, and S.L. Haire. 2015. The climate space of fire regimes in north‐western North America. Journal of Biogeography 42: 1736-1749.

Coop, J.D., Barker, K.J., Knight, A.D., and J.S. Pecharich. 2014. Aspen (Populus tremuloides) stand dynamics and understory plant community changes over 46 years near Crested Butte, Colorado, USA.  Forest Ecology and Management 318: 1-12.

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?  Pp.164-173 in: Keane, R.E., D.F. Tomback, M.P. Murray, and C.M. Smith, eds. The Future of High-elevation, Five-needle White Pines in Western North America: Proceedings of the High Five Symposium.  Proceedings RMRS-P-63. USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fort Collins, CO.

Coop, J.D., R.T. Massatti, and A.W. Schoettle. 2010. Subalpine vegetation pattern 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.

Coop, J.D. and A.W. Schoettle. 2009. Post-wildfire regeneration of Rocky Mountain bristlecone (Pinus aristata) and limber pine (Pinus flexilis).  Forest Ecology & Management 257: 893-903.

Coop, J.D. and T.J. Givnish. 2008. Constraints on tree seedling establishment in montane grasslands of the Valles Caldera, New Mexico.  Ecology 89: 1101-1111.

Coop, J.D. and T.J. Givnish. 2007. Spatial and temporal patterns of recent forest encroachment in montane grasslands of the Valles Caldera, New Mexico, U.S.A.  Journal of Biogeography 34: 914-927.

Coop, J.D. and T.J. Givnish. 2007. Gradient analysis of reversed treelines and grasslands of the Valles Caldera, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico.  Journal of Vegetation Science 18: 43-54.

Coop, J.D., C.D. Hibner, A.J. Miller, and G.H. Clark.  2005.  Black bears forage on army cutworm moth aggregations in the Jemez Mountains, New Mexico. The Southwestern Naturalist 50: 278-281.

Organized Symposia

The Fourth Gunnison Sage-grouse Summit: Research, Management, and Collaboration in a Post-Listing Era.  March 9-11, 2016. Gunnison, CO. (20th ENVS Spring Symposium, Western Colorado University. Co-organized with Dr. Corrie Knapp, MEM, and Dr. Patrick Magee, NES, Western).

Gunnison Valley 3nd Farm-to-Table Conference. April 8-9, 2015.  Gunnison, CO. (19th ENVS Spring Symposium, Western Colorado University. Co-organized with Dr. Michael Vieregge, BUAD, Western, and Stephanie Aubert, MEM student, Western).

Gunnison Valley 2nd Farm-to-Table Conference. April 9, 2014.  Gunnison, CO. (18th ENVS Spring Symposium, Western Colorado University. Co-organized with Dr. Michael Vieregge, BUAD, Western).

Gunnison Valley 1st Farm-to-Table Conference. April 8-9, 2013. Gunnison, CO. (17th ENVS Spring Symposium, Western StatColorado University. Co-organized with Dr. Michael Vieregge, BUAD, Western).

Forging a Post-Carbon Future: Individual Roles and Institutional Responsibilities. April 3-5, 2014. Gunnison, CO. (16th ENVS Spring Symposium, Western Colorado University. Co-organized with students in the Western ENVS 400 capstone course).

Presentations, Workshops, Professional Reports (only lead-authored and only last 5 years listed)

Coop, J.D. 2017. Modelling fire-driven forest dynamics with differential equations (invited seminar). Western Colorado University Math Seminar.  November 15, 2017. Gunnison, CO.

Coop, J.D. 2017. Effects of altered fire regimes: resilience, resistance, and regime shifts in ponderosa pine ecosystems (invited seminar). Natural Resources of the West, Colorado Mesa University. October 24, 2017. Grand Junction, CO.

Coop, J.D. 2017. Fire, succession, type conversion, and regime shift in Southwestern forests (invited oral presentation). 2017 Natural Areas Conference. October 10-12, 2017. Ft. Collins, CO

Coop, J.D., and P. Magee. 2017. Fuels treatments and ecological values in piñon-juniper woodlands: Vegetation, birds, and modeled fire behavior.  Southwest Fire Science Consortium Webinar. March 1, 2017.

Coop, J.D. 2016.  Fire-vegetation interactions over repeated burning in the Jemez Mountains: Type conversions, successional trajectories, and management prospects (invited oral presentation). 3rd Southwest Fire Ecology Conference. November 28-December 2, 2016.  Tucson, AZ.

HEASC Best Practices in First Year Experiences in Sustainability Webinar (invited panelist). November 17, 2016.

Coop, J.D., and P. Magee. 2016. Identifying and mitigating social-ecological tradeoffs: ecological impacts and modeled fire behavior in piñon-juniper fuels treatments (invited oral presentation). Piñon-juniper symposium. October 12-14, 2016. Albuquerque, NM.

Coop, J.D., and P. Magee. 2016. Identifying and mitigating social-ecological tradeoffs: ecological impacts and modeled fire behavior in piñon-juniper fuels treatments. Departmental seminar, Natural and Environmental Sciences, Western Colorado University.  October 7, 2016. Gunnison, CO.

Southwest FireCLIME Workshop (invited participant, Landscape Impacts of Fire and Climate Change workshop). September 12-14, 2016.  Albuquerque, NM.

Coop, J.D., and P. Magee. 2016.  Identifying and mitigating social-ecological tradeoffs: fuel treatments, fire hazard, and obligate avifauna in piñon-juniper woodlands (contributed oral presentation). North American Congress for Conservation Biology. July 17-20, 2016. Madison, WI.

Coop, J.D., and P. Magee. 2016.  Field Tour: Fuels Treatments and Ecological Values in PJ Woodlands. (field trip with >50 managers and researchers, organized through the Southern Rockies Fire Science Network). June 8, 2016. Cañon City, CO.

Coop, J.D., and P. Magee. 2016.  Identifying and mitigating social-ecological tradeoffs: fuel treatments, fire hazard, and obligate avifauna in piñon-juniper woodlands (invited oral presentation). Society for American Foresters Colorado/Wyoming joint meeting. May 12-14, 2016. Gunnison, CO.

Coop, J.D. 2016. Sagebrush changes in the Upper Gunnison Basin over 25 years (invited oral presentation). Fourth Gunnison Sage-Grouse Summit. March 9-11, 2016. Gunnison, CO.

Coop, J.D., and P. Magee.  2015.  Mastication treatments in piñon-juniper woodlands: fuels, vegetation, and bird responses to a no-analog disturbance (invited oral presentation). 6th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress. November 16-20, 2015. San Antonio, TX.

Coop, J.D., and A.W. Schoettle. 2015. Range-wide assessment of ecological conditions of Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine (Pinus aristata).  Final Report: Joint Venture Agreement 10-JV-200: Ecology and Stand Structure of Pinus aristata (Rocky Mountain Bristlecone Pine) Unpublished report on file with the US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fort Collins, CO.

Coop, J.D., K. Haven, J. Dodge, and D. Piquette. 2015. Tracking two decades of vegetation change across the sagebrush landscapes of the Upper Gunnison Basin, Colorado: linking field re-measurements, remote sensing, and climate data (contributed poster presentation).  2015 Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Poster Symposium. September 4, 2015. Gothic, CO.

Coop, J.D., L.M. Holsinger, S.R. McClernan, and S.A. Parks. 2015. Influences of previous wildfires on change, resistance, and resilience to reburning in a montane Southwestern landscape. Extended abstract, pp. 273-276 in: Keane, R.E., M. Jolly, P. Parsons, and K. Riley. Proceedings of the large wildland fires conference.  May 19-23, 2014.  Missoula, MT.  RMRS-P-73. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station Fort Collins, CO. 345 p.

Coop, J.D. 2015. The end of the world as we know it: thresholds of resilience and transformation in ecological systems (invited seminar). High Country Conservation Advocates Environmental Possibilities Series. August 23, 2015. Crested Butte, CO.

Coop, J.D., K. Haven, J. Dodge, and D. Piquette. 2015. Tracking two decades of vegetation change across the sagebrush landscapes of the Upper Gunnison Basin, Colorado: linking field re-measurements, remote sensing, and climate data (contributed poster presentation). 9th International Association for Landscape Ecology World Congress. July 5-10, 2015. Portland, OR. 

Coop, J.D., L.M. Holsinger, S.R. McClernan, and S.A. Parks. 2014. Influences of previous wildfires on change, resistance, and resilience to reburning in a montane Southwestern landscape (contributed oral presentation). Large Wildland Fires Conference. May 19-23, 2014. Missoula, MT.

Coop, J.D. 2014. Barriers to local food systems in the Gunnison Valley: a survey of producers (oral presentation). Gunnison Valley 2nd Farm-to-Table Conference. April 9, 2014. Gunnison, CO.

Coop, J.D. 2013. Food systems in the Gunnison Valley (organized panel discussion). Gunnison Valley 1st Farm-to-Table Conference. April 8-9, 2013. Gunnison, CO.

Recent Research Funding

US Fish and Wildlife Service. 2017-2022. Field Surveys for Skiff Milkvetch (Astragalus microcymbus). $70,000 to Western (Co-PI).

Research Joint Venture Agreement, Western Colorado University and the Gunnison Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management, 2017. North Powderhorn project. $11,000 to Western.

Challenge Cost Share Agreement, Western Colorado University and the USDA Forest Service, Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests. 2016-2017. Western Snowshoe Hare and Lynx Study. $5000 to Western to support MEM student project.

Research Joint Venture Agreement, Western Colorado University and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, USDA Forest Service. 2016-2018. Determinants of Tree Persistence and Recovery under Changing Fire Regimes. $73,000 to Western.

Cost Reimbursable Agreement, Western Colorado University and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, USDA Forest Service. 2015-2020. Data Analysis and Interpretation. $198,000 to Western.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Habitat Partnership Program, 2014. Assessing Change in Sagebrush Vegetation in the Gunnison Basin. $15,000 to Western.

Joint Fire Science Program, 2013. Integrating Fuels Treatments and Ecological Values in Piñon-Juniper Woodlands: Fuels, Vegetation, and Avifauna as Metrics of Effectiveness (PI). $193,000 to Western.

USGS GAP, 2013. Incorporating potential habitat refugia in conservation planning using GAP data and approaches (Co-PI). $50,000.

Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative, 2013. Identification of fire refugia in Rocky Mountain ecosystems of the U.S. and Canada: Development and application of the refugium concept for biodiversity conservation over large spatial and temporal scales (Co-PI). $127,000.

Research Joint Venture Agreement, Western Colorado University and the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, 2010-2015. Ecology and Stand Structure of Pinus aristata (Rocky Mountain Bristlecone Pine).  $10,000 to Western.

Thornton Research Award, Western Colorado University, for faculty-directed research: 2010, 2014, 2015; for student directed research: 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017. $35,000 total all projects.

Professional Development Grant, Center for Teaching Excellence, Western Colorado University.  2008, 2010, 2011, 2012.

Professional Service

Ad Hoc Reviewer: American Journal of Botany, Ecological Applications, Ecological Restoration, Fire Ecology, Forest Ecology and Management, Journal of Applied Ecology, Journal of Biogeography, Journal of Forest Research, Journal of Vegetation Science, Landscape Ecology, Natural Areas Journal, Oecologia, Plant Ecology, PLoS One, Quaternary Research

Gunnison Climate Working Group, 2011-present.

Mountain Roots Food Project, Board of Directors, 2012-2015.

Sisk-a-dee Gunnison Sage-Grouse Conservation Board of Directors 2010-present.

Western Biology Thornton Research Fund Committee, 2012-present.

Western Convocation Fund Committee, 2012-present.

Western ENVS Council, 2009-present.

Western ENVS Spring Symposium Coordinator, 2011-present.

Western faculty advisor for Organics Guild (student agriculture club), 2014-2016.

Western MEM Science Coordinator, 2015-present.

Western SGA Sustainability Fund Grant Committee, 2008-present.

Western Sustainability Action Committee 2008-present: Chair, 2014, 20-by-20 Subcommittee Chair 2011-2013, Outreach & Education Subcommittee, 2009-2010.

Awards

Alumni Award for Excellence, 2015. For excellence and creativity in teaching and mentorship, and service to the campus community. Western Colorado University. Honored by student Cody Washka.

Alumni Award for Excellence, 2014.  For excellence and creativity in teaching and mentorship, and service to the campus community. Western Colorado University. Honored by student Karen Howe.

Alumni Award for Excellence, 2013. For excellence and creativity in teaching and mentorship, and service to the campus community. Western Colorado University. Honored by student Kyle Brookens.