Timothy Kittel

A personal goal for me, as an instructor, is to foster familiarity with the nature of science.  There are many facets to understanding the world of science.  One is experiencing the process of accumulation and evaluation of scientific understanding – how do new ideas arise and how are they tested?  Another is developing the ability for independent thought, to be able to generate innovative ideas and to critically assess the results of others.  And finally, gaining what is often called a ‘sense of place,’ which is to say in this context, to start on the road to develop an intuitive, personal sense of how natural systems work.


Current Courses

  • EBIO/ENVS 4340: Conservation Biology and Practice in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest (Education Abroad Global Seminar, Maymesters)

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    The Atlantic Forest of eastern Brazil is a highly threatened center of faunal and floral biodiversity. Because much of the forest is in human-dominated landscapes, successful conservation practice can only occur jointly with efforts to alleviate socioeconomic issues. The course offers hands-on experience through ongoing conservation programs that couple biological understanding with practice. The course is designed for undergraduate and graduate students in disciplines pertinent to conservation. This is a four-credit course that meets EBIO Lab/Field and 4000-course major requirements and ENVS's application and specialization requirements. It also satisfies IAFS’s Off-Campus Experience (OCE) requirement.
  • EBIO 4100 : Winter Ecology (Mountain Research Station Field Course, Spring semesters)


    A survey of physical and biological processes in wintertime snow-covered environments. We will spend 5 weekends exploring the ecology of upper montane, subalpine, and treeline landscapes in winter--processes which strongly affect what we see in summer. Topics include winter climate dynamics, snowpack evolution, vegetation dynamics, soil ecology, mammalogy, ornithology, and limnology. The course is based out of the Mountain Research Station Science Lodge.
  • EBIO 4100: Vegetation Ecology (Mountain Research Station Field Course, Summers)


    Vegetation Ecology is a survey of physical and biological processes that control the distribution and dynamics of vegetation. Through fieldwork and individual projects, students will gain hands-on experience regarding concepts and field methods in vegetation science. Based at the CU Mountain Research Station, the class will spend 3 weeks exploring the ecology of the region – from Great Plains grasslands to the Continental Divide, with an emphasis on dynamics of upper montane, subalpine, and alpine landscapes.