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.Kato Tsosie Dee
Natural Resource Management Department Faculty
Office: 719-486-4222
Cell: 719-221-0892

Mr. Dee obtained his Bachelor and Master’s of Science in Geology from the University of Kansas and is currently pursuing a PhD in Geochemistry from the Colorado School of Mines. Mr. 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. Mr. 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). Mr. 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.

Jenn Moore, Assistant Project Manager and Adjunct Faculty Member, Natural Resource Management.Jenn Moore
Assistant Project Manager and Adjunct Faculty Member
Office 719-486-4239

Ms. Moore obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2006 and her Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Colorado State University in 2008. She worked for five years at the U.S. Geological Survey in the Colorado Water Science Center as a research hydrologist before transferring to CMC. Her research included studying surface water chemistry, designing watershed water quality monitoring programs, and studying the transport of salt and selenium in the Mancos shale of Western Colorado. She joined the NRM team in 2013 and helps manage the CMC NRMI program. As adjunct faculty she will teach Field Monitoring Techniques (NRE-127) and Intro to Environmental Science (ENV-101).

David Pedersen, Assistant Project Manager and Adjunct Faculty, Natural Resource Management.David Pedersen
Assistant Project Manager and Adjunct Faculty
Office: 719-486-4057

David has been recreating, traveling to, and conducting research in the mountains of central and southwestern Colorado since the mid-1990s and is excited to call Leadville home with all the great things it has to offer, including endless recreation. Outdoor recreation has been a deep passion of his along with mountain meteorology, mountain ecosystems, and nature resource management. David is a founding board member of the Kachina Peaks Avalanche Center, Inc., in Flagstaff, Arizona, and has greatly enjoyed teaching and sharing his passions with students and the general public since its inception in 2005. David served as a GIS (geographic information systems) Physical Scientist with the National Weather Service while pursing undergraduate Bachelors of Science degrees in GIS and Remote Sensing. Also during his undergraduate studies he served as a research assistant, mapping the social trails and erosion effects on the Senecio franciscanus, an endangered plant growing in the alpine tundra on the San Francisco Peaks of northern Arizona. David continued his education at Northern Arizona University to pursue a Master of Forestry degree, looking at frost damage, and frost-ring formation in the Inner Basin of the San Francisco Peaks. He has worked with Arizona Snowbowl Ski resort in various positions and has helped to create, maintain, and update a climate database from various weather instrumentation sites on the San Francisco Peaks. He looks forward to acting as a catalyst to seeing students discover and grow their interests in natural resource sciences.

Jacob Mohrmann, Assistant Project Manager and Adjunct Faculty, Natural Resource Management.Jacob Mohrmann
Assistant 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.

Science Faculty

Dr. Sandra Harting
Dr. Mark Cole
Joe Nachtrieb
Nancy Cain