See my current projects in the Projects section of this page.
Dr. Hopping studies how environmental and social changes are affecting ecosystems and rural livelihoods, particularly in mountain and pastoral regions. Please contact her via email if you are interested in pursuing an advanced degree related to these themes at Boise State.
Briana is a social-ecological systems scientist that studies how land is governed and the consequences for rural communities and ecosystems. She integrates methods from geography, ecology, and the social sciences to understand and promote sustainable land management.
Haley focuses on the application of social science theory to natural resource issues. Specifically, she currently seeks to understand public perceptions of landscapes and wildlife, how and why they differ, and their role in natural resource management.
Richie’s research interests include land management, restoration ecology, and how to increase soil carbon sequestration on public lands. He studies soil carbon storage and its connection to plant functional groups at seven of Boise’s Open Space Reserves. Richie is co-advised by Marie-Anne de Graaff (Biology) and Kelly Hopping.
Maddi’s research interests include sustainable land management, managing for multiple objectives, and how changing environmental and social conditions affect the relationship between humans and the environment. She currently studies sheep grazing to target invasive vegetation in Idaho’s Sun Valley region.
Callie Puntenney MS Biology (2022)
Callie researches the structure and dynamics of human social and infrastructural systems and the environment within which they operate. Through considerations of policy, history, livelihoods, and phenology, she hopes to inform collaborative management approaches that support sustainable, thriving ecosystems.
Edward Trout MS Biology (2021)
Edward is interested in engaging with the challenges encountered in human-wildlife interfaces. His research aims to leverage ecological analyses joined with collaboration of local stakeholders to promote coexistence between humans and wildlife. He is co-advised by Dr. Kelly Hopping and Dr. Neil Carter (University of Michigan).
Boise State University
Golden Apple Teaching Award (Associated Students of Boise State University) – 2021
Vertically Integrated Projects: Environmental Sustainability (VIP 200/400/500) – every semester
Foundations in Human-Environment Systems Science (HES 400/500 – BIOL 497/597 – ENVSTD 498 – GEOS 497/597 – PUBADM 597) – every Fall
Principles and Processes in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (EEB 601) – every other Fall
Human-Environment Systems Seminar (HES 598) – Fall 2020, 2022
Rangeland Social-Ecological Systems (HES 598) – Spring 2020