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Title: Research Assistant II, Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department, Colorado State University, Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change Project Coordinator
Address: Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department
Colorado State University
1472 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523
Phone: (970)491-2280
E-mail: Contact Courtney Peterson


  • M.S., Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, 2014
  • B.S., Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism, Concentration Environmental Communication, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, 2012

Civic & Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Women Environmental Professionals
  • Society of American Foresters

Current Research

I am a research associate in the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department at Colorado State University serving as the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) project coordinator. I focus on disseminating ASCC project findings and translating them into outreach and training opportunities with land managers and scientists working to manage forests for climate change adaptation. I collaborate with the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) on climate science communication and adaptation initiatives, and work to connect partners to NIACS programs, resources, and training opportunities. Prior to working for the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department, I was the Wildfire Mitigation Education Coordinator for the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) where I developed and implemented outreach, education, and public awareness campaigns related to forest health, fire adapted communities, and wildfire mitigation for a diverse range of audiences.


Nagel, Linda; Peterson, Courtney; Guldin, Jim; Swanston, Christopher; Janowiak, Maria; Palik, Brian; Jack, Steve; Bigelow, Seth. 2019. The Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change Project: A Scientist-Manager Partnership. In Clark, Stacy L.; Schweitzer, Callie J., (Eds.). Proceedings of Oak symposium: sustaining oak forests in the 21st century through science-based management. e-Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-237. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 192 p.

Peterson, Courtney; Vaske, Jerry. 2012. “Colorado Residents’ Familiarity, Aesthetic Evaluations, and Approval of Forest Management Practices.” Journal of Forestry. Volume 115, Number 1, 10-15.

Absher, Jim; Vaske, Jerry; Peterson, Courtney. (2017). “Community Wildfire Protection Planning in Colorado.” Journal of Forestry. Volume 116, Number 1, 25-31. 

Roske, Molly, R.; Joyce, Linda A.; Nagel, Linda M.; Peterson, Lara K.; Peterson, Courtney L.; Matonis, Megan. 2019. The Rio Grande National Forest Climate Change Plan Revision Workshop: Designing a science- management collaborative process to address 2012 planning rule climate change concerns at the forest plan scale. Res. Note RMRS-RN-84. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 17 p.

Last Modified: 09/09/2019