Centers & Institutes

Adaptation to Alternating Weather Extremes

This research team will study the ecological and social impacts of rapid “whiplash” among droughts, wildfires, and floods as a consequence of climate change and work to identify strategies to better prepare communities for sustainable adaptation to this increasing threat.

Adapting Livestock Systems to Climate Change Collaborative Research Support Program

The Colorado State University Livestock-Climate Change CRSP aims to reduce vulnerability, increase adaptive capacity, and augment the income of livestock producers in regions where agricultural systems are changing, available resources are shrinking, and climate is having an impact.


Co-Manager: Richard A. Bowen, Department of Biomedical Sciences
Co-Manager: Katie Steneroden,  Department of Clinical Sciences

Animal Population Health Institute

The focus of Institute activities is to improve the health of animal populations, to prevent and control infectious and other important diseases of animals, and to contribute to national and international animal disease policymaking processes by providing a better understanding of disease epidemiology and pathogenesis.


Center for Advancement of Sustainable Enterprise (CASE)

The Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Enterprise (CASE) stands at the intersections of the academy and industry, science and the marketplace, past and future. Applied, as opposed to theoretical, CASE delivers actionable knowledge at an operational level through a variety of programs.


Director: Carl Hammerdorfer

Center for Applied Isotope Research for Industry and Environment

The AIRIE Program has been producing state-of-the-art developmental and analytical work in Re-Os (rhenium-osmium) geochronology and tracer studies since 1995. Affiliated with Colorado State University, and in partnership with the Geological Survey of Norway, the AIRIE Program is funded wholly by grants, contracts, and gifts.


Center for Collaborative Conservation

The Center for Collaborative Conservation is a place where stakeholders can come together to collaboratively discuss, define, study and implement conservation practices to sustain both the earth’s ecosystems and the people who depend upon them.

Director: Robin Reid

Center for Comprehensive, OptimaL and Effective Abatement of Nutrients (CLEAN)

The Mission of the CLEAN center is to create knowledge, build capacity, and forge collaboration to develop and demonstrate sustainable solutions for reduction of nutrient pollution in the nation’s water resources. The Center’s activities are organized around three major themes: understanding the physical system, understanding people and policy, and enhancing the capacity for assessment and decision-making.


Center for Disaster and Risk Analsysis

The Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis (CDRA) at Colorado State University is dedicated to reducing the harm and losses caused by natural, technological, and human-caused disasters. Central to achieving this goal is learning how social inequality impacts the ability of marginalized groups to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disaster.

This center is currently in a reorganizational status. Until the center is operational again, feel free to email Sam Zahran for further information.

Co-Director: Sammy Zahran -

Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands

The Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) is a leading global provider of research and sustainable management of natural and cultural resources on federal lands. As a center of excellence within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University, CEMML can access campus resources to deliver cutting-edge solutions to environmental challenges. Our on-campus staff includes a full range of environmental and compliance professionals, and we also have technical staff embedded at military installations across the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, and Germany.


Director: Lee Barber

Center for Environmental Medicine

The Colorado State University Center for Environmental Medicine is bringing together global partners and research partners from fields as diverse as environmental sciences, biological sciences, and chemistry, to address significant challenges in environmental toxicology that may affect human health.


Director: Bill Hanneman

Center for Fair and Alternative Trade

CFAT projects & publications focus on local, national, & global market-based approaches to alleviating poverty & promoting sustainable development.


Co-Director: Douglas Murray
Co-Director: Laura Raynolds

Center for Marketing and Social Issues

The Center for Marketing and Social Issues conducts transformative research and training and engages in service projects that address social issues through the application of marketing principles and techniques.


Director: Kathleen Kelley

Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes

CMMAP, a National Science Foundation Science & Technology Center headquartered at Colorado State University, is developing a revolutionary new approach to climate modeling that will help us to better understand the roles clouds play today and in the future as our climate changes. CMMAP also has a strong science education & diversity component that educates and trains people with diverse backgrounds in Climate and Earth System Science by enhancing teaching and learning and disseminating science results through multiple media. CMMAP has over 140 members spanning organizations from national center for atmospheric research to NASA.


Director: David Randall

Center for Protected Area Management and Training

Sound management, provided by trained professionals, and citizen support will ensure the maintenance of these important areas which anchor the success of nature conservation into the 21st century. The Center for Protected Area Management & Training was formed to assist protected area professionals in strengthening the management of the world's protected areas and adjacent lands.


Co-Director: Jim Barborak
Co-Director: Ryan Finchum