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Environment / Sustainability

Researcher featured on CBS' 60 Minutes

Updated January 19, 2012

An interview on CBS' 60 Minutes with Robin Reid, director of the Center for Collaborative Conservation, Warner College of Natural Resources, originally aired Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009. The story aired again with an update on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012.

On Sunday, Jan. 22, 60 Minutes aired its original story on Serengeti-Mara wildebeest migration featuring CSU researcher Robin Reid. CBS recently talked with Dr. Reid and included a short update on the story during Sunday's broadcast. Watch the episode here.

From Oct. 4, 2009: Serengeti-Mara wildebeest migration

Robin Reid on 60 Minutes

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Robin and Scott in Kenya on Aug. 18. Photo by Bob Greene.

Robin and Scott chat before the 60 Minutes interview. Photo by Bob Greene.

Candid shot during the interview with CSU's Robin Reid. Photo by Bob Greene.

Setting up for the 60 Minutes interview in Kenya. Photo by Bob Greene.

Crews prepare the equipment in Kenya as Scott and Robin chat. Photo by Bob Greene.

Reid talked with 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley in Kenya about the spectacle of the Serengeti-Mara wildebeest migration, which is the largest remaining migration of large mammals on Earth. 

The interview covered multiple challenges of maintaining this 1.3 million-strong herd including:

  • deforestation
  • low river flows
  • rising human populations
  • expanding wheat fields
  • climate change

The story also explores how local Maasai communities are leading efforts to build partnerships to protect the migration. 

"The Great Migration"

 If you missed the broadcast, it's available on the 60 Minutes website.

About Robin Reid

Before becoming the founding director of CSU's Center for Collaborative Conservation, Reid was with the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi, Kenya, where she led research, education and outreach on conservation and development issues in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the western United States.

Reid has also been a senior research scientist at Colorado State's Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory since 2002, and is on the Warner College of Natural Resources faculty in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, and the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability.

Reid is a CSU alumnus, having received her doctorate in Rangeland Ecosystem Science here in 1992.

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