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Assistant Professor - Human-Environment Systems

Kelly Hopping


Kelly is an Assistant Professor in Human-Environment Systems at Boise State University. Before coming to Boise, she was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Earth System Science and the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. She earned a PhD in Ecology from Colorado State University and BAs in Philosophy and Biology from the University of Montana. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on how ecosystems and people are responding to global change, particularly in high-elevation and rangeland/pastoral systems.


Kelly seeks to partner with community members, land managers, and others with a stake in the places where she works in order to produce more inclusive and impactful research. Her recent projects have ranged from studying the sustainability of a medicinal fungus trade on the Tibetan Plateau to pursuing stakeholder-driven questions about sagebrush social-ecological systems in the western United States. To tackle rangeland issues in Idaho, she is partnering with the Sawtooth National Forest and the Idaho Rangeland Resources Commission. She is also helping to promote understanding of rangeland systems globally by serving as a member of the North American Support Group of the International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists. Kelly supports her students to take a similarly transdisciplinary approach, through which they gain experience partnering with organizations, such as the Bureau of Land Management, to conduct research that addresses real-world sustainability challenges.

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