Natural Resource Management Faculty & Staff

Your teachers are experienced in real-world natural resource management issues

You will learn from faculty and staff who are experienced in solving real world problems for industry, non-profit groups, and government.

Your instructors are professionals who work in local land reclamation projects, assist the government, monitor water quality and assess environmental impacts. Their expertise is especially strong in real-world environmental and natural resource management issues.

NRM Faculty

Watch video of Kato Dee, Colorado Mountain College Natural Resource Management faculty.Dr. Kato Tsosie Dee
Natural Resource Management Department Faculty
Office: 719-486-4222
Cell: 719-221-0892

Dr. Dee obtained his Bachelor and Master’s of Science in Geology from the University of Kansas and completed his PhD in Geochemistry from the Colorado School of Mines in 2016. Dr. Dee’s current research involves the role of the various types of dissolved organic carbon on the toxicity of heavy metals in aquatic systems in the Rocky Mountains. Dr. Dee has over five years of experience in the environmental consulting industry with The RETEC Group Inc., and MFG Inc. His expertise’s are in the areas of environmental geochemistry and hydrogeology. He participated in projects that involved hydrocarbon remedial efforts in petroleum refineries in Wyoming and Missouri, geochemical assessments for environmental heavy metals (i.e. lead, zinc, uranium, cadmium, etc), Phase I and II RCRA environmental site assessment activities, GIS, and various hydrologic assessments (TMDL’s, flow characterization, and contaminate transport). Dr. Dee also was an instructor of Geology at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins, CO for two and half years

NRM Staff

Catherine Patti
Contract Administrator CMC/NRM Student Internship Program
Office: 719-486-4232

Ms. Patti obtained her Bachelor of Science in Marketing / Finance from the University of Southern California. Ms. Patti has over 12 years experience in public administration including grant and contract management with local government entities. Additionally, she has successfully written, was awarded and administered over $2.5 million dollars in grants for projects ranging from environmental restoration to construction and historic preservation.


KWarner_PhotoDr. Katy Warner
Program Director
Office: 719-486-4057

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. Between each of her degrees, Dr. Warner worked for a variety of organizations. She served as an Environmental Education Instructor in the US Peace Corps, a Restoration and Education Technician with the National Park Service, a Preserve Steward for The Nature Conservancy, a Conservation Biology Research Technician at Lewis & Clark College, and as an Acoustics Research Associate at Colorado State University. Dr. Warner is broadly interested in wildlife conservation and management, habitat restoration, and bioacoustics. She is thrilled to oversee the Timberline Field Institute, where classroom learning is complemented by hands-on work experience, paid summer technician opportunities, and collaborations with many natural resource partner organizations. Dr. Warner started working at CMC in 2016, and looks forward to maintaining and developing diverse NRM projects and learning opportunities.


photo - Jacob Mohrmann, Assistant Project Manager and Adjunct Faculty, Natural Resource Management.Jacob Mohrmann
Project Manager and Adjunct Faculty
Office: 719-486-4236

Mr. Mohrmann obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Northwest University in 2003 and his Master of Science in Geology from University of Montana in 2007. Following graduate school Mr. Mohrmann was employed as a hydrogeolgist for an engineering firm in Montana. Mr. Mohrmann holds a license as a Professional Geologist in the state of Utah, and while his expertise is in hydrology, he enjoys learning new skills and working in all areas of environmental science. Mr. Mohrmann joined the NRM team in 2011 and currently helps manage the CMC NRM internship program. In this position, he oversees various aspects of projects from field team management, sample collection, construction oversight, data analysis and risk assessment. As an adjunct faculty Mr. Mohrmann has taught hydrology (NRE-121), advance hydrology (NRE-221) and field monitoring techniques (NRE-127). He’s passionate about the natural sciences and his excitement is contagious both in the classroom and in the field.



Dirk Rasmussen
Assistant Project Manager
Office: 719-486-4239

Mr. Dirk Rasmussen is the newest member of the NRM team. 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.


Science Faculty

Dr. Sandra Harting