Project Manager, Natural Resource Management
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- Master of Science in Geology, Western Washington University
- Bachelor’s degree in Geology, Colorado College
Mr. 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
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.
“NRM and CMC are great because you learn and gain experience in the best environment possible through the amazing faculty, industry equipment, field work and networking opportunities in the program.”
Jacqueline Kniss enrolled in Colorado Mountain College’s Natural Resource Management Technician program after earning a bachelor’s degree at another college in order to gain more practical, hands on experience in her field. After graduating from CMC in 2012, she was hired by the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife, where she is working on a study of bighorn sheep survival rates in the Arkansas River Valley.
“The NRM program at CMC exposed me to an abundance of interests involving our natural world and gave me the confidence needed to continue to pursue my education.”
Christy Cleaver transferred to Colorado State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Forest Biology and Natural Resource Management. After hiking the Appalachian Trail, she is attending Colorado State University’s graduate program in Ecology, studying Forest Pathology. She is now a Plant Pathologist with the U.S. Forest Service.
Sandra Harting, PhD
A.K.A Miskwa Yellowknife
Associate Professor, Sciences
BS Biology and Chemistry
President, American Chemical Society, Duluth-Superior Chapter (1988)
American Fisheries Society, MSU Chapter (2005-2006)
Sandra Harting is more commonly known on campus and in the Leadville community as Miskwa Yellowknife. She believes that the role of a university professor is to intellectually challenge students, exhorting them to become good critical thinkers and observers, and for students to be able to formulate explanations of what they observed. She believes in in the value of field components and hands-on experience in and out of the classroom. In her free time, Miskwa is a passionate organic gardener and enjoys many “silent sports” such as ultra-distance running, pack burro racing, bouldering, cycling, nordic skiing, hiking/backpacking, sea kayaking. Miskwa has been published in various scientific publications and scholarly articles, mentioned below.
- Kerfoot, W.C., Harting, S.L., and J.A. Robbins. 2003. Mercury in Native Ore Deposits: Focussing Troughs Reveal an Unexpected Source of Lake Superior Sediments. Submitted to Limnology and Oceanography.
- Kerfoot, W.C., Harting, S.L., and J.A. Robbins. 2003. Amalgam Mercury in Copper, Silver, and Gold Ores: An Unexpected Contribution to Lake Superior Sediments. Geochemistry Journal on Mining and Metals in the Environment. May, 2003.
- Kerfoot, W.C., Harting, S.L., Rossmann, R. and J.A. Robbins. 1999. Anthropogenic Copper Inventories and Mercury Profiles from Lake Superior: Evidence for Mining Impacts. J. Great Lakes Res., 25(4) 663-682.
- Call, D.J., Poirier, S.L., Knuth, M.L., Harting, S.L., and C.A. Lindberg. 1987. Toxicity of 3,4-Dichloroaniline to Fathead Minnows (Pimephales promelas), in early life-stage exposures. Bull. of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 38(2): 352-358.