PhD Student

University of Denver, Department of Geography and the Environment

Boettcher West | 2050 E. Iliff Ave. | Denver, CO 80208


My research interest falls broadly within the areas of human-environment interactions, geography, 

and ecology.  Much of my past research focused on urban ecology, while more recent research 

spans the fields of land change science, conservation planning, and landscape ecology by 

investigating the pattern and trajectory of landscape changes in and around New Mexico’s Gila 

National Forest complex. 

Recent theoretical work involves the viability of a political ecology of the "New West", and current 

research applies a social-ecological systems framework to the problem of land change on private 

lands of the Rocky Mountains My research marshals GIS, remote sensing, field sampling, 

homeowner interviews, and landscape analysis to investigate dynamic landscapes.  My regional 

interests are the U.S. southwest and the Rocky Mountain west.

Research Interests
Human dimensions of environmental change

Conservation and natural resource management

Social-ecological systems

Landscape change around protected areas

Urban and landscape ecology 

Cultural geography 

GIS and remote sensing

U.S. Southwest

"New West" studies