People A to Z

Laura Backus

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Technical Advisor, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers
  • Ecologist, Engineers Without Borders


Ecological restoration in wetlands and post-flood riparian areas; monitoring long-term results of volunteer restoration projects; erosion control with native species in Ecuadorian cloud forest.

James Balog

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Director, Extreme Ice Survey


James Balog has been a leader in photographing, understanding and interpreting the natural environment for three decades. To reveal the impact of climate change, James founded the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), the most wide-ranging, ground-based, photographic study of glaciers ever conducted. National Geographic showcased this work in June 2007 and June 2010 issues. The project is also featured in the 2009 NOVA documentary Extreme Ice and in the 2012 feature-length documentary Chasing Ice.

David M. Barnard

  • Former BcCZO Postdoctoral Fellow; Now at USGS FRESC
  • BcCZO Postdoctoral Fellow


Forest physiology; ecohydrology; snow hydrology.

Holly R. Barnard

  • Fellow
  • Assistant Professor of Geography


Ecohydrology, forest hydrology, tree physiology, stable isotope geochemistry.

Katy Barnhart

  • PhD 2015 in Geological Sciences


Geomorphology in ice-rich landscapes, Arctic coastal erosion and sea ice, permafrost, glacial geomorphology and proglacial lake evolution.

Theo Barnhart

  • PhD 2018, Geography


Snow and mountain hydrology, terrestrial laser scanning, periglacial processes, process geomorphology, topographic analysis.

Aidan Beers

  • MA 2016


Alpine ecology, climate change, conservation, microrefugia, wildlife habitat, spatial ecology, remote sensing.

John Behrendt

  • Fellow Emeritus/Senior Research Associate


Geophysics (aeromagnetics, gravity, seismology). Tectonics, glaciology, polar geophysics, marine geophysics.

Antarctic history.

Mette Bendixen

  • Postdoctoral Scholar
  • Visiting scholar


Geomorphology, Coastal process and landscape dynamics, Arctic climate change, Remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Science communication

Larry Benson

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Hydrologist, Water Resources, USGS


Creation of lake-based records of climate change in the western United States; response of prehistoric Native American cultures to climate change; application of cosmogenic isotopes to the dating of glacial features in the Rocky Mountains.

Atreyee Bhattacharya

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Instructor, Environmental Studies, CU Boulder


Geochemistry, recent paleoclimate, Cenozoic oceanography, climate variability of arid regions, desert dust, earth history.

Terry Bilinski

  • PhD 2013 in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • National Science Foundation Graduate STEM Fellow (GK-12)
  • Graduate Research Assistant


Microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, water quality.

Ian Bishop

  • Professional Research Assistant
  • Professional Research Assistant, Diatom Lab


Freshwater diatoms, Algal systematics, Algal bioassessment

Patrick Bourgeron

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Affiliate, Center for the American West, CU-Boulder


Integrated ecological assessments; conservation, ecosystem, landscape, and plant ecology; conservation and land use planning; ecosystem management; biogeography; statistical and numerical modeling; biological diversity; ecological classification and mapping; technology transfer; strategic planning for science and conservation programs; communication outreach; managing system and organizational change.

Bill Bowman

  • Fellow and Director, Mountain Research Station
  • Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


Plant ecology, community ecology, biogeochemistry, alpine ecosystems.

Riley Brady

  • PhD Student
  • DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellow


ocean biogeochemistry, Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems, Earth System Model analysis, data visualization

Henry Brandes

  • Professional Research Assistant


Long-term Climate Monitoring
Snow & Mountain Hydrology
Data Acquisition
Field Instrumentation and Sampling methods

Peter Brannen

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Science journalist


Peter Brannen is a science journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Wired, and The Guardian among other publications. His book, The Ends of the World, about the five major mass extinctions in Earth’s history, was published in 2017 by Ecco. Peter was a 2018 Scripps Fellow at CU Boulder. He is particularly interested in paleoclimate, geochemistry, the carbon cycle, and ocean science.

Nicole Brooks

  • Professional Research Assistant
  • Professional Research Assistant


Micropaleontology, Stratigraphy, Sedimentology, Foraminifera, Marine sediment cores, Paleoceanography, Paleoclimateology

Paul Brooks

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Hydrology and Water Resources Professor, The University of Arizona
  • Institute of the Environment, The University of Arizona


Interactions between the biosphere and the cycling of water, energy, and biogeochemicals, primarily carbon and nutrients.

Isaac Bukoski

  • Graduate Student
  • Master's Student


My research aims at improving our understanding of watershed-scale hydrologic processes in the foothills and montane regions of the Colorado Front Range.

Diane Burko

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Artist


Burko locates her practice at the intersection of art and science. In 2006, her concern for the future of our environment and issues of climate change led her to develop series of ongoing projects. She develops visual strategies in paintings and photography using historical comparisons of global glacial change through repeat photography, Landsat maps, and other visual data to help explain earth science to the public. Her work confronts issues of geological and chronological time—past, present, and future.

Alton C. Byers

  • INSTAAR Senior Research Associate and Faculty
  • Mountain Geographer
  • Co-Manager, High Mountains Adaptation Partnership (HiMAP)
  • National Geographic Explorer
  • Expert, National Geographic Expeditions


Applied research, alpine conservation and restoration programs, climate change impacts, highland-lowland interactive conservation, and mountain photography.