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Haub School of Environment
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Bim Kendall House
804 E Fremont St
Laramie, WY 82072
Phone: (307) 766-5080
Fax: (307) 766-5099

Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming

Indy Burke, Director, Haub School of ENR.Indy Burke, Director

Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

Professor, Wyoming Excellence Chair in Ecology

University of Wyoming


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PhD Botany, University of Wyoming

BS Biology, Middlebury College

Background and expertise

Dr. Ingrid "Indy" Burke is director of the Haub School and Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources. She is a Wyoming Excellence Chair at the University of Wyoming and faculty member in the departments of Botany in the College of Arts and Sciences and Renewable Resources in the College of Agriculture.

Prior to her current role, Dr. Burke was a professor in the Department of Forest, Rangeland and Watershed Stewardship at Colorado State University (CSU). She was also a University Distinguished Teaching Scholar and co-director of CSU's Graduate Degree Program in Ecology.

Dr. Burke is an ecosystem ecologist, focusing on carbon and nitrogen cycling in semi-arid rangeland ecosystems. Her work with graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and colleagues addresses the influence of land use management, climatic variability, and regional variability on these ecosystems. She teaches in the fields of environmental science, ecosystem ecology, and biogeochemistry. Current courses include a freshman course "Environment" in the Haub School, and "Ecology as a Profession" for Ph.D. students in the Program in Ecology.

In a career of more than 25 years, with a focus on the Rocky Mountain West, Burke has served as a member of several National Research Council (NRC) committees to review national environmental research programs and policies, and as a member of the NRC Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology. She is an associate editor of Ecological Applications and has been on the editorial board of the Ecosystems journal and of Forest Ecology and Management. She is also a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Biological Sciences and the Ecological Society of America. Dr. Burke serves the national scientific community through service on scientific panels and committees, with the goal of bringing science to critical policy issues.

Publications and accomplishments

To view Dr. Burke's full CV and recent publications list, please visit her website,

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