Robin S. Reid, PhD.


Ecosystem Science and Sustainability

Fields of Expertise


Areas of Interest

Collaborative conservation, International development, Pastoral systems, Rangeland ecology


Dr. Robin Reid is a Professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability (ESS) in CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources. She teaches sustainability science and how to transform science so it is a catalyst for social change to sustainability. Robin also leads and participates in trans-disciplinary teams working on linked social-ecological systems, collaborative research methods, education and engagement in the drylands of East Africa, Mongolia, Colorado, Alaska and elsewhere. She also has a strong interest in linking and fostering learning about the collaborative conservation initiatives in the American West. As Founding Director of the Center for Collaborative Conservation from 2008-2019, Robin and her team helped faculty, students and practitioners to achieve transformative change through conservation, so that conservation is at the center of our communities, our economies and our philosophies. Robin is also a senior research scientist at Colorado State's Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (since 2002), and is also an affiliated faculty of the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship. Robin came to CSU in 2008 from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) 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 since 1992. She is a CSU alumnus, having received her PhD in Rangeland Ecosystem Science here in 1992.