Associate Professor, Teacher Education
- University of Colorado Boulder PhD Educational Foundations, Policy and Practice (2013)
- Amherst College Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology (2002) magna cum laude
Professional Certifications and Associations
- American Anthropological Association Council on Anthropology and Education
- Colorado 9 to25 State Leadership team
Erin joined CMC’s teacher education program in 2017. As a teacher-educator, she hopes to inspire the next generation of teachers to embrace youth and community assets as they design learning opportunities, support the success of all students, and build more equitable schools and communities.
Erin is passionate about youth engagement and has served as an educator in public school, international, expeditionary and community settings. She believes that young people have an important role to play in shaping the schools, communities and state where they live. Her dissertation, Updating Status: Tracing college women’s educational pathways with Facebook traced the educational pathways of talented and diverse women as they navigated family, work, schools and social media to attain their educational goals.
Prior to joining CMC, Erin’s passion for youth engagement led her to the dynamic world of community-based education and action research. Through Youth CultureWorks, Erin trained teachers, youth and community members in action research and new media as they made meaningful changes in their communities. Her community and youth partners have been recognized at local, state and national levels for their exemplary service and leadership by the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education, EPAs Presidential Environmental Youth Award and the Colorado State Legislature.
It is no accident that Erin is based in Lake and Summit counties! Erin loves mountain life for its strong and vibrant people, endless adventures, and opportunities to play with gravity. When she’s not teaching, you can find Erin exploring the mountains on skis or by bike and enjoying time with her family.
- Master of Science in Geology, Western Washington University
- Bachelor’s degree in Geology, Colorado College
Dirk Rasmussen started with the NRM Field Institute in 2016. Dirk obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Colorado College in 2012. Following graduation, he spent two years working for Colorado College where he taught geology, mentored student research, and assisted with faculty research.
Dirk also worked as an environmental educator for the Catamount Institute and continuously works to promote environmental stewardship through place-based education. Dirk earned his Master of Science in Geology from Western Washington University in 2016.
Dirk’s expertise is in sedimentary geology and stratigraphy. His research focuses on the Paleocene–Eocene transition and the provenance of sediment deposited in Laramide basins.
When Dirk isn’t conducting fieldwork, he spends his summers guiding in the high Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, Norway.
Dr. Katherine Warner
- Ph.D. in Ecology, Colorado State University
- Master’s Degree in Land Resources, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Biology, Colorado State University
- Environmental Education Instructor, US Peace Corps
- Restoration and Education Technician, National Park Service
- Preserve Steward, The Nature Conservancy
- Conservation Biology Research Technician, Lewis & Clark College
- Acoustics Research Associate, Colorado State University
Dr. Warner started working at CMC in 2016, and looks forward to maintaining and developing diverse NRM projects and learning opportunities.
Dr. Warner obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University, and received her Master’s degree in Land Resources from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Warner returned to Colorado State University to complete her Ph.D. in Ecology, where she studied the impacts of natural gas development on a bat community in northwestern Colorado.
Dr. Warner is broadly interested in wildlife conservation and management, habitat restoration, and bioacoustics. She is thrilled to oversee the Natural Resource Management Field Institute, where classroom learning is complemented by hands-on work experience, paid summer technician opportunities, and collaborations with many natural resource partner organizations.
Adjunct Faculty, Developmental Studies
- M.S. University of Bridgeport, Reading Emphasis, Bridgeport, Connecticut
- B.S. Springfield College, Rehabilitation Services and Psychology, Springfield, Massachusetts
- COURSES TAUGHT
- College Composition and Reading CCR 092, 094-Colorado Mountain College
- Learning Lab High School Equivalency Instructor-Colorado Mountain College
- English as a Second Language-Colorado Mountain College
- Graduate Education Instructor; Teacher Masters Program-University of Bridgeport
Education, travel, rock climbing and triathlons.