Core Faculty, Assistant Professor
Postdoctoral fellow, Stanford University
Ph.D. Ecology, Colorado State University
B.A. Biology, University of Montana
B.A. Philosophy, University of Montana
Kelly 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.
Areas of focus
Social-ecological systems, climate change impacts, local ecological knowledge, alpine and grassland ecology, mountains, pastoralism, rangelands, Tibet.
GEM3 – Genes by Environment: Modeling, Mechanisms, Mapping
Environmental change on the Tibetan Plateau
Global trade and social-ecological dynamics of caterpillar fungus
Sustainability of mountain social-ecological systems
Dorji, T., K. A. Hopping, F. Meng, L. Jiang, J. A. Klein. 2020. Impacts of climate change on flowering phenology and production in plants: The importance of end of flowering. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 291:106795.
Klein, J. A., C. M. Tucker, A. W. Nolin, K. A. Hopping, R. S. Reid, C. Steger, A. Grêt-Regamey, S. Lavorel, B. Müller, E. T. Yeh, R. B. Boone, P. Bourgeron, V. Butsic, E. Castellanos, X. Chen, S. K. Dong, G. Greenwood, M. Keiler, R. Marchant, R. Seidl, T. Spies, J. Thorn, K. Yager, Mountain Sentinels Network. Catalyzing transformations to sustainability in the world’s mountains. Earth’s Future. 7(5):547-557.
Nyima, Y. and K. A. Hopping. 2019. Tibetan lake expansion from a pastoral perspective: local observations and coping strategies for a changing environment. Society and Natural Resources. 32(9):965-982.
Klein, J. A., C. M. Tucker, C. Steger, A. Nolin, R. Reid, K. A. Hopping, E. T. Yeh, M. S. Pradhan, A. Taber, D. Molden, R. Ghate, D. Choudhury, I. Alcántara-Ayala, S. Lavorel, B. Müller, A. Grêt-Regamey, R. B. Boone, P. Bourgeron, E. Castellanos, X. Chen, S. Dong, M. Keiler, R. Seidl, J. Thorn, K. Yager. 2019. An integrated community and ecosystem-based approach to disaster risk reduction in mountain systems. Environmental Science and Policy. 94:143-152.
Hopping, K. A., S. M. Chignell, E. F. Lambin. 2018. The demise of caterpillar fungus in the Himalayan region due to climate change and overharvesting. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 115(45):11489-11494.
Dorji, T., K. A. Hopping, S. Wang, S. Piao, T. Tarchen, J. A. Klein. 2018. Grazing and spring snow counteract the effects of warming on an alpine plant community in Tibet through effects on the dominant species. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 263:188-197.
Hopping, K. A., A. K. Knapp, T. Dorji, J. A. Klein. 2018. Warming and land use change concurrently erode ecosystem services in Tibet. Global Change Biology. 24(11):5534-5548.
Yang, Y., K. A. Hopping, G. Wang, J. Chen, A. Peng, J. A. Klein. 2018. Permafrost and drought regulate vulnerability of Tibetan Plateau grasslands to warming. Ecosphere. 9(5):e02233.
Hopping, K. A., E. T. Yeh, Gaerrang, R. B. Harris. 2018. Linking people, pixels, and pastures: a multi-method, interdisciplinary investigation of how rangeland management affects vegetation on the Tibetan Plateau. Applied Geography. 94:147-162.
Jiang S., J. Pan, G. Shi, T. Dorji, K. A. Hopping, J. A. Klein, Y. Liu, H. Feng. 2018. Identification of root-colonizing AM fungal communities and their responses to short-term climate change and grazing on the Tibetan Plateau. Symbiosis. 74:159-166.
Ojima, D., C. Togtokh, K. A. Galvin, K. Hopping, T. Beeton, T. Ulambayar, B. Narantuya, M. Altanbagana. 2017. Coping with climate extremes in Mongolian pastoral communities. In: Making Climate Compatible Development Happen, Fiona Nunan, ed., Routledge.
Zinda, J. A., K. A. Hopping, E. Schmitt, E. T. Yeh, S. Harrell, E. N. Anderson. 2016. China’s ecosystems: Sacrificing the poor. Science. 353(6300):657-658.
Hopping, K. A., C. Yangzong, J. A. Klein. 2016. Local knowledge production, transmission, and the importance of village leaders in a network of Tibetan pastoralists coping with environmental change. Ecology and Society. 21(1):25.
Ernakovich, J. G., K. A. Hopping, A. B. Berdanier, R. T. Simpson, E. J. Kachergis, H. Steltzer, M. Wallenstein. 2014. Predicted responses of arctic and alpine ecosystems to altered seasonality under climate change. Global Change Biology. 20(10):3256-3269.
Klein, J. A., K. A. Hopping, E. T. Yeh, Y. Nyima, R. B. Boone, K. A. Galvin. 2014. Unexpected climate impacts on the Tibetan Plateau: Local and scientific knowledge in findings of delayed summer. Global Environmental Change. 28:141-152.
Yeh, E. T., Y. Nyima, K. A. Hopping, J. A. Klein. 2014. Tibetan pastoralists’ vulnerability to climate change: A political ecology analysis of capacity to cope with snowstorms. Human Ecology. 42(1):61-74.
Hu, J., K. A. Hopping, J. K. Bump, S. Kang, J. A. Klein. 2013. Climate change and water use partitioning by different plant functional groups in a grassland on the Tibetan Plateau. PLoS ONE. 8(9):e75503.
Dorji, T., Ø. Totland, S. R. Moe, K. A. Hopping, J. Pan, J. A. Klein. 2013. Plant traits mediate reproductive phenology and success in response to experimental warming and snow addition in an alpine ecosystem in Tibet. Global Change Biology. 19(2):459-472.
Sala, A., K. A. Hopping, E. J. B. McIntire, S. Delzon, E. E. Crone. 2012. Masting in whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) depletes stored nutrients. New Phytologist. 196(1):189-199.
Klein, J. A., E. T. Yeh, J. K. Bump, Y. Nyima, K. A. Hopping. 2011. Coordinating environmental protection and climate change adaptation policy in resource-dependent communities: a case study from the Tibetan Plateau. In: editors, Ford and Ford: Climate change adaptation in developed nations, Springer-Verlag.
Boise State University
HES 400/500: Foundations in Human-Environment Systems
Lead instructor: Kelly Hopping
EEB 601: Principles and Processes in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
Lead instructor: Kelly Hopping
HES 598: Human-Environment Systems Seminar
Lead instructor: Kelly Hopping
HES 598: Ecosystem Services
Co-instructor: Kelly Hopping
Climate change and conservation science education
Why is the world’s most expensive fungus disappearing? K. A. Hopping, S. M. Chignell, E. F. Lambin. Eds: S. Dawson and R. Watson. Environmental Science Journal for Teens. January 21, 2019.
Selected caterpillar fungus press
The world’s most valuable parasite, caterpillar fungus, can cost up to $63,000 per pound. David Anderson and Chia-Yi Hou. Business Insider. March 7, 2019.
Boise State Researcher Looks at the Economy and Ecology of the Caterpillar Fungus. “Idaho Matters,” Boise State Public Radio. November 16, 2018.
Climate change spells doom for ‘Himalayan Viagra.’ Kalyan Ray, Deccan Herald. October 23, 2018.
གནམ་གཤིས་འགྱུར་ལྡོག་ལ་བརྟེན་ནས་དབྱར་རྩྭ་དགུན་འབུའི་ཐོན་ཁུངས་ཇེ་ཉུང་ཡིན་པ། Tsewang Japheltsang, Radio Free Asia. October 23, 2018.
The World’s Most Valuable Parasite is in Trouble. Ed Yong, The Atlantic. October 22, 2018.
Grassland degradation in Tibet
Dismantling Assumptions About Grassland Degradation on the Tibetan Plateau. Kelly Hopping and Emily Yeh, Science Trends. September 26, 2018.