Warner College of Natural Resources

Endowed Chairs

dennis_harry[1]Edward M. Warner College Chair in Geophysics – Dennis Harry

Dr. Dennis Harry earned his Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Texas at Dallas, and M.S. and B.S. degrees in geophysics from Texas A&M University. He did his postdoctoral work at Rice University before accepting a faculty appointment at the University of Alabama, which he held until he joined CSU in 2003.

Prior to his academic career, Dr. Harry worked as an exploration geophysicist for the Atlantic Richfield Exploration Company. He teaches physical geology for scientists and engineers, applied geophysics, subsurface geophysical mapping, and plate tectonics. Dr. Harry’s research is split between geodynamic studies of continental rift systems and rifted continental margins, and on near surface geophysical studies of aquifer systems and fluvial depositional systems.

Current areas of research involve studies of the West Antarctica and Gulf of Mexico rift systems, development of microgravity methods to assess changes in groundwater storage, and near-surface characterization of fluvial systems in the Rocky Mountains, High Plains, and Mohave Desert.

john_ridley[1]Malcolm McCallum College Chair in Economic Geology – John Ridley

Dr. John Ridley came to Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources in 2004, and he has held previous academic positions spanning three other continents, with positions at universities in Australia, Switzerland, and Zimbabwe. Over his career, he has taught courses in geochemistry, petrology, and structural geology, and has published over 70 articles in refereed journals and books, in addition to geological maps and reports for companies and groups within the mining and minerals industries.



mark_pashke[1]Shell Endowed College Chair in Restoration Ecology – Mark Paschke

Mark Paschke is the research associate dean for the Warner College of Natural Resources and an associate professor of restoration ecology in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship. He received his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. He also has a B.S. and M.S. in forestry from the University of Illinois.

Dr. Paschke has been a faculty member in WCNR since August 2005. Dr. Paschke has made significant contributions to the field of restoration ecology. His research focuses on the mechanisms controlling community assembly in terrestrial plant communities. He has authored or coauthored over 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals, as well as numerous book chapters.

Dr. Paschke serves in a variety of leadership roles in WCNR, where he has been actively involved in curricula development, faculty governance, and teaching. He currently teaches classes in restoration ecology, ecological restoration, reconciliation ecology, and disturbance ecology.