Student Grants & Awards

Below is a sample of student grants and awards received by GDPE graduate students. This is not a comprehensive list.


Nell Campbell was awarded a travel grant and to a Department of Energy workshop in Washington, DC on Strategies to promote integrated experiment-model approaches to terrestrial ecosystem study the week of March 19th, 2012.

Christa Fettig was awarded a grant through the Sigma Xi Research Society Grants-in-Aid of Research program for 2012.

Shifra Goldenberg received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 2012.

Erin Meier received the 2012 Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration ($8,000) for her research testing the Southern Rockies seed zone delineation of Pinus flexilis (limber pine).


GDPE PhD student Dale Broder received the Graduate Student Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring Award from the Biology Department in recognition of her extensive work mentoring undergraduates on research projects.

Sarah Evans won the Best Student Presentation in the Biogeosciences Section at ESA, 2011.

Sarah Evans and Kerry Byrne were awarded the Editor's Choice Award for 2011 publication in Journal of Ecology Issue 6, November, 2011.

Erica Goad, Matt Luizza and Kristen Pelz were all awarded fellowships through the Center of Collaborative Conservation here at CSU. Erica Goad will work with "exurban" landowners to understand how land development affects wildlife habitat use and movement patterns by using remotely-triggered cameras and track analysis and presenting the results through an art exhibit of photographs and short narratives by landowners. Matt Luizza's fellowship will focus on the Bale Mountains, Ethiopia, to integrate traditional ecological knowledge of the Oromo people with scientific knowledge about wildlife, medicinal plants, honey production and other ecosystem services to promote adaptive collaborative stewardship of those resources. Kristen Pelz will work to develop robust methods for evaluating Collaborative Landscape Forest Restoration projects throughout Colorado.

In 2011, John Lovell was awarded an NSF-funded microMORPH fellowship. This program funds research collaborations between developmental and evolutionary biologists. As a microMORPH fellow, John travelled to the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (Gatersleben, Germany) to study the evolution of asexual seed production (apomixis) with Dr. Tim Sharbel. During his three month tenure in Germany, John was instructed in analytical methods and fostered a collaboration. John will be returning to the IPK in the spring 2012 to finish lab work and complete a manuscript.

Seema Sheth and Amy Angert received an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant to study the role of evolutionary potential in limiting species' distributions.

Gloria Sumay is an invitee to the Clinton Global Initiative in Washington DC.

Both Kate Wilkins and Gloria Sumay were accepted as fellows to the Charles Darwin Institute in Sustainable Development in London.