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GDPE Distinguished Ecologist Bill Romme Sept. 30

September 29, 2009

The Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, or GDPE, is honoring a distinguished CSU ecologist for the fourth year. This year's honoree is Bill Romme, professor in Forest, Rangeland and Watershed Stewardship and GDPE.

Always on the steep part of a learning curve

Bill Romme will be presenting a seminar, "Always on the steep part of a learning curve: The ecological adventure of a lifetime" on Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 3-4 p.m. in the Cherokee Park Room, Lory Student Center.

The seminar is free and open to the public. Following the reception, there will be a reception with refreshments in the University Club.

Expert on Rocky Mountain forests

Bill Romme’s work in forest ecology provides the foundation for much of what we know about Rocky Mountain forests. In the 1970s and 1980s, he pioneered landscape-scale analyses of forest dynamics in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, focusing on century-scale dynamics. 

Romme helped us understand that historical conditions in “natural” forests spanned a very wide range, and that simple ecological stories cannot be powerful stories. He developed approaches for using the age structures of forests (at landscape scales) for understanding the influences of predator removal programs on forest regeneration, and recovery of pinyon-juniper woodlands after Ancestral Puebloans left Mesa Verde.

Translating research into practical forest management

Romme has always worked collaboratively with fellow scientists, placing great emphasis on translating research findings into practical information to help improve forest management. While accomplishing all this research and outreach, he also found time to be a prized-educator for more than a thousand students at Eastern Kentucky University, Fort Lewis College, and Colorado State.

Contact: Jeri Morgan
Phone: (970) 491-4373