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Doak, Daniel F.

Professor and Colorado Chair in Environmental Studies


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research overview

  • I am a broadly trained ecologist and environmental scientist. The majority of my research and teaching interests, and experiences outside academia, relate to the practice of conservation biology, and in particular how to build conservation action that is based on scientific analysis, but that is commensurate with planning and policy requirements and societal goals. I also have interest and expertise in climate change ecology and mathematical approaches to ecology and conservation.


  • conservation biology, population and community ecology


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courses taught

  • EBIO 6200 - Seminar in Population Biology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours. Same as EBIO 6210.
  • EBIO 6940 - Master's Degree Candidate - Plan II
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Instructor consent required.
  • EBIO 8840 - Independent Research (Doctoral Level)
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • ENVS 1000 - Introduction to Environmental Studies
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022
    Surveys environmental studies, examining ecological, socioeconomic, political, aesthetic, and technological factors that influence the quality of life on Earth. Required for ENVS majors.
  • ENVS 2000 - Applied Ecology for Environmental Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
    Covers how ecological ideas and principles underlie both the problems and solutions of multiple environmental issues. Ecology of environmental concerns ranging from endangered species to global carbon cycling will be reviewed, including perspectives from physiological, behavioral, population, community and ecosystem ecology. Fulfills intermediate natural science requirement for Environmental Studies major. Recommended prerequisites: ENVS 1000 and a course in introductory statistics and two courses in introductory biology or physical geography. Same as EBIO 2040 and EBIO 2640.
  • ENVS 5100 - Special Topics in Environmental Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    A variety of topics not currently offered in curriculum; offered depending on instructor availability and student demand. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours, provided the topics vary.
  • ENVS 5510 - Environmental Studies Colloquia Series
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022
    All first year ENVS graduate students are required to attend the ENVS Colloquia Series. Speakers from around the world and within the department cover topics in all areas of Environmental Studies. May be repeated up to 2 total credit hours.
  • ENVS 5520 - Seminar in Environmental Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Addresses current topics in Environmental Studies. Provides forum for students to critically evaluate the primary literature on a particular theme. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours.


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