Visiting Fellows

Visiting fellows are faculty scholars from universities worldwide with expertise in broad areas of sustainability. They are housed at SoGES in order to collaborate and connect with CSU experts addressing economic, societal, and environmental issues.

Please contact Aleta Weller, Senior Research and Engagement Officer, if you would like to inquire about becoming a Visiting Fellow at the school.

Current Visiting Fellows

Michael Shepard (United States)

Picture of Michael ShepardMichael Shepard is the former Chairman and CEO of E Source, a firm fostering efficient use and sustainable production of energy.  He has published hundreds of articles on energy, climate change, electric vehicles, and sustainable agriculture. Formerly, he directed the energy program at Rocky Mountain Institute.

Michael holds a B.S. with distinction in Natural Resource Conservation from Cornell University and a Masters in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley. Michael and his wife divide their time between Colorado and Rwanda, where he works with Inyenyeri, a company providing clean cooking from sustainably sourced biomass pellets to the world’s poorest families.

During his visiting fellowship with SoGES, Michael will be interacting with many CSU faculty and researchers on off-grid energy, community forestry, soil carbon, and design improvements, testing, health impacts, and behavioral economics of advanced biomass cooking.

Ademola Adenle (Nigeria)

Ademola Adenle has a multidisciplinary background with degrees in natural science, BSc, University of Lagos, MSc Biotechnology, University of Sussex, UK and a PhD in applied toxicology with focus on environment and health, from the University of Nottingham, UK and a Master of Public Policy from University of Oxford, UK. His current work on sustainable development is located at the interface of natural and social sciences. Ade specializes in science and technology policy in addressing sustainable development challenges and uses his background in applied science to study social aspects of science and technology in sustainable agriculture, biodiversity conservation, renewable energy, environment management, climate change mitigation/adaptation, and health innovation in developing countries. Ade was a Research Fellow and Principal Investigator at the United Nations University Headquarters, Japan, where he worked on a number of projects that attracted media attention and also carried out research at the University of Oxford. His publications straddle scientific assessment and stakeholder engagement on overriding sustainable development challenges in developing countries including countries in Africa. Ade is the lead editor of new book, Risk Analysis and Governance of GMOs in Developing Countries, published by the Cambridge University Press, 2017 and is currently leading an interdisciplinary book project on Science, Technology and Innovation for meeting Sustainable Development Goals.

Past Visiting Fellows

John Grant (United States)

Picture of John GrantJohn Grant’s current research and related activities focus on the interactions between the management of organizations of varying sizes and complexity and the natural world. He is interested in evolving performance criteria and their applicability in various contexts, both socio-political and physical. John is especially concerned with “global ecological sustainability” and alternative scenarios for civilization as it faces the future, most recently those now associated with John received his doctoral degree from the Harvard Business School and then joined the faculty of what is now the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. After achieving tenure he was elected to Chair the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management; and spent a year at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. He was later named the first Robert Kirby Professor of Strategic Management at Pitt. While in Pittsburgh, he worked with doctoral students from many disciplines of study and from different parts of the world; several of them earned endowed chairs in major business schools. John has served on many editorial boards and published articles in a variety of respected journals. Recently, John has served as Visiting Professor of Management at Colorado State University and the University of Northern Colorado. The former included taking Denver Executive MBA students to Europe and Asia and helping develop the GSSE Program, and the latter consisted of both teaching and assessing performance measures that comprise the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards. Prior to doctoral studies, John received both B.S. and M.S. degrees from Oklahoma State University. John and his wife, Ruth have children and grandchildren in the Pacific Northwest.

Kevin Henry (United States)

Picture of Kevin HenryKevin Henry is currently Coordinator for “Where the Rain Falls”, an eight-country action research project exploring the impacts of climate change on food security and human migration. “Where the Rain Falls” is an initiative of CARE, a leading international NGO, in collaboration with the United Nations University. Kevin was previously Senior Director of the Sustainable Livelihoods Cluster, responsible for CARE USA’s global efforts related to agriculture, economic development and climate change. He brings to the School of Global Environmental Sustainability 30+ years of experience, including involvement in CARE’s response to humanitarian crises such as African droughts, the Asian tsunami, Haiti earthquake, and conflicts in Somalia, Rwanda, Sudan, Afghanistan and Iraq. Kevin’s undergraduate degree was from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and his Master’s degree from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. As a SoGES Visiting fellow, he plans to engage with others at CSU that share his interest in climate change and sustainable smallholder agriculture and food systems, while also contributing to the advancement of SoGES’ broader sustainability mission.

Karen Scholthof (United States)

Karen Scholthof is a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Texas A&M University and the faculty director of the Bioenviromental Sciences undergraduate honors program. Karen maintains two research programs. The first is in the molecular biology of plant viruses with a particular emphasis on host:virus interactions in grasses using Brachypodium distachyon and Setaria viridis, both model organisms, as well as switchgrass and proso millets. As a practitioner-historian she is investigating the historiography of Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) with a particular focus on how a model organism for plant biology was used by virologists, plant breeders, and geneticists in the mid-20th century. Karen attended Colorado College, completing her B.S. at Montana State University; an M.S. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky, and postdoctoral research at the University of California-Berkeley. She has received awards from the American Phytopathological Society (APS) and Texas A&M University in recognition of her excellence in teaching. In 2015, Karen was elected a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society. She also is a Senior Editor for the APS journal Phytopathology. As a SoGES Visiting Fellow, Karen will share her interests in the history of plant virology to include the co-evolution of host:virus interactions that resulted in new ideas in the mid-20th century about the genetics of resistance for plant breeding. She also is interested in participatin in SoGES activities towards developing ideas for new lectures for her undergraduate course “Pathogens, the Environment and Society”.  Karen also is keen to discuss the utility of Brachypodium as a laboratory model for small grains, bioenergy, stress biology and plant pathogen research.

Paul Cawood Hellmund (United States)

Understanding and incorporating sustainability into land-use decision making is a driving interest of educator Paul Cawood Hellmund, as is exploring the role of project- and placed-based experiential learning for sustainability in higher education, a topic he is pursuing as a SoGES Visiting Fellow. For the last ten years he was president of the Conway School and director of its graduate program in sustainable landscape planning and design, through which he worked with graduate students on a very wide range of sustainability topics, including climate adaptation, nature conservation, food/water security, and green infrastructure planning. A Harvard-educated landscape architect and planner, with a bachelor of science degree from Colorado State, Paul was born and raised in the Republic of Panama. He is the founder and president of Hellmund Associates, which aids communities with conservation and other land use planning. He has more than thirty years of professional experience, with expertise in the reuse of contaminated lands, such as at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Rocky Flats, and Stapleton International Airport.  Paul has published two books, with Daniel S. Smith, that emphasize ecological integration in land use planning: Ecology of Greenways (1993) and Designing Greenways (2006). In addition to Conway, Paul has served as faculty member at Colorado State, Virginia Tech, and Harvard University.

George Taylor (United States)

George Taylor is currently Director of International Programs at Philanthropy Support Services (PSS) and a Senior Associate at PaxTerra. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Center for Asian Studies at the University of Colorado and an Instructor in the Graduate Certificate in Development Practice at Regis University. George is a “global nomad”.  He grew up in India; spent twenty years living and working in West Africa (Nigeria, Mali, Niger), South Asia (Nepal) and South America (Bolivia); and has had short-term assignments in 30+ countries. He has worked on multiple sides of the international development equation: inside a large bilateral development assistance agency (USAID); for a private consulting firm (International Resources Group); with an international NGO managing field programs in China/Tibet, India, Afghanistan and Peru (Future Generations); with a private foundation active in international philanthropy (Winterline Foundation); and, most recently, with Philanthropy Support Services (PSS) and PaxTerra working on program and institutional evaluations and project design for clients including the Rights & Resources Initiative, the World Resources Institute, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the U.S. Forest Service and USAID.

George is a graduate of Woodstock School in Uttarakhand, India and of Wesleyan University where he majored in African history. He has an MS in forest resource management and policy/ international forestry from the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry. While at SOGES George will be exploring water resources management (WRM) issues in High Mountain Asia (aka the Third Pole) with a primary focus on South Asia.  As part of this work he will be identifying the groups and individuals based along Colorado’s Front Range who are working on WRM in South and Central Asia and exploring the contributions of CSU faculty, students and alumni to this work.

Cristina Yumie Aoki Inoue (Brazil)

Cristina Yumie Aoki Inoue is a Professor of International Relations at the University of Brasília, Brazil. She is an Earth System Governance senior research fellow and a member-at-large of the International Studies Association’s Active Learning in International Affairs Section. Cristina’s research areas include global environmental politics, focusing on the governance of biodiversity and climate change, the Amazon region, transnational networks, and international cooperation for development. As a Visiting Fellow, she will be working on two projects: one on indigenous knowledge(s) and the concept of global environmental governance; the other focused on socio-environmental impacts of the Brazilian international development cooperation on Amazonian countries in South America. Before becoming a professor, Cristina worked as an analyst in international cooperation at the Brazilian Cooperation Agency and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development. She was a visiting scholar to the International Human Dimensions Program on Global Environmental Change, United Nations University, Bonn. Cristina teaches undergraduate and graduate students and coordinated the Undergraduate Program in International Relations at the University of Brasília. She has a BA degree in International Relations, a MA in Development Studies, Institute of Social Studies, the Netherlands and also a Master’s degree in International Relations, from University of Brasília. Cristina holds a PhD in Sustainable Development (Environmental Policy and Management), from the University of Brasília.

Pilar Andrés (Spain)

Pilar Andrés received her Ph.D degree from the Autonomous University of Barcelona with a dissertation on the role of mites on forest litter decomposition. Following her doctorate, she joined the staff of the Center for Ecological Research and Forest Applications (CREAF, Barcelona) as a researcher in charge of applied land restoration projects. She first led projects addressed to restore soils heavily degraded by mining and public works while recycling urban and agricultural organic wastes. During this period, she evaluated restoration quality and soil pollution by using indicators based on soil microarthropod analyses. Over time, these projects became multidisciplinary and included the whole ecological and socioeconomic system from a social multicriteria approach. In 2004 she started a European Union – Latin America ALFA network for joint research and post-graduate training. Since then, her research has been conducted in the dry tropical region of Central America. Currently, she has a two year Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship to work at SoGES with Dr. Diana Wall, Biology and Dr. John Moore, NREL. Her research while here is to model effects of land use and management on soil biodiversity on environmental services provided by soil trophic webs.

Chuluun Togtokh (Mongolia)

Chuluun Togtokh is a Science Advisor to the Minister of Environment and Green Development and a Science Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development, National University of Mongolia. He is a member of the International Council for Science (ICSU) Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific, Steering Committee Member of the Asia-Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), and Science Steering Committee Member of the Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Chuluun's research activities address sustainability, adaptation, and resilience of social-ecological systems at local, national, regional and global scales. Recently, his focus is on linking science and policy, global environmental change, and local sustainable development. Chuluun has worked as a Senior Research Scientist at the Mongolian Academy of Sciences (1977-1991), Research Scientist at NREL, CSU (1991-2002), and working at National University of Mongolia since then. Chuluun was involved in policy making, working as a Director General of the Department for Green Development Planning and Policy (2012-2013), Director of the Division for Regional Settlement Planning of the Ministry of Construction and Urban Development (2004-2006), as an Advisor to the President of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences (1991).

Kathryn Hochstetler (Canada)

Kathryn Hochstetler is CIGI Chair of Governance in the Americas at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, in Canada. She has published widely on environmental politics in developing countries, focusing on the role of civil society and government bureaucrats. Other research has focused on the politics of international environmental negotiations, including the Rio conferences (1992 and 2012) and the climate change negotiations. Her most recent book is the prize-winning Greening Brazil: Environmental Activism in State and Society (Duke University Press, with Margaret Keck). While a visiting fellow at SoGES, she will be writing a series of articles on her current research on the role of emerging powers in addressing climate change. This includes a study of the current politics of renewable energy in Brazil and South Africa. In addition, she is editing a volume on international environmental politics with CSU political science professors Michele Betsill and Dimitris Stevis.

Wongi Choe (South Korea)

Wongi Choe is an assistant professor of Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security, a government think-tank that belongs to Korea's foreign ministry. He is a political scientist (Ph.D. from University of Washington, 2005) working on policy-related research topics such as climate change negotiations. Wongi is currently participating in UN climate change talks as an advisory member of Korean government delegation.

As a CSU's School of Environmental Sustainability visiting scholar he worked on his own research project about US climate change policy with full financial support provided by the government of Korea.

Jose Drummond (Brazil)

Jose Drummond is an Associate Professor with the Centre for Sustainable Development at the University of Brasilia. As a CSU's School of Environmental Sustainability visiting scholar he is working with the Department of History, the Center for Protected Area Management and the Warner College of Natural Resources on the current social and environmental situation of the state of Tocantins.

Joana Roque De Pinho (Portugal)

Roque De Pinho is a post-doctoral researcher at Instituto Supeior de Ciencias Sociais e Politicas in Lisbon, Portugal. She co-wrote, do-directed, and co-produced the award-winning documentary Through our Eyes: A Maasai Photographic Journey. She is working on a video film that will illustrate the collaborative and participatory process between CSU scientists and pastoralist livestock keepers in Kenya, documenting two collaborative workshops whereby local land users directly inform the scientific process and climate change science, which, in turn, feeds back to local decision-making. She was a SoGES visiting scholar from 2012-2013.

Valerie Verdier (France)

Valerie Verdier was a Visiting Fellow from the French National Institute for Agricultural Research working with Dr. Jan Leach in The Department Soil and Crop Sciences.  Her research focuses on the promotion of sustainable food and agricultural systems, food security and poverty reduction.

Tony Cheng (United States)

Tony Cheng is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Forest & Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University. His current research interest is in local institutional arrangements and participatory decision processes that address linked forest land management and community development and well-being issues. He is particularly interested in: 1) participatory, collaborative planning and implementation approaches; 2) the inter-relationship between governmental, non-profit, and for-profit organizations as emergent institutional arrangements; and 3) the interplay between local institutional arrangements and national policy.

Palo Brito (Brazil)

Palo received his MS from Agricultural and Resource Economics here at CSU. He is currently working with the Institute for Society, Landscape and Ecosystem Change (ISLEC) on fundraising.