The Department has much to celebrate this year as a number of our own have been recognized for their high caliber teaching. Dr. Katherine Browne received one of six 2011 Best Teacher Awards and was selected from nearly 300 nominations.


Dr. Jason Sibold was awarded the College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award and Kimberly Nichols was nominated as one of the 300 Best Teachers.


Professor Browne’s research is inspired by an effort to understand how economic life, moral frameworks, and social identities intersect, particularly in situations of cultural stress and change. These concerns and an interest in public outreach have animated all of Dr. Browne’s major research projects, books, articles, and films, projects that have been supported by numerous grants from the National Science Foundation. For more information on Dr. Browne’s research, please click here to visit her website.


Dr. Sibold’s research focuses on the dynamics of forest ecosystems in the US Rockies, and Coast and Andes Ranges of south-central Chile. He is interested in how interactions among physical landscapes variables, climate variability and change, land use and ecosystem management, and biology shape forest characteristics, such as species composition, from stands to landscapes. His research addresses critical forest health and resilience issues facing Colorado and other regions and is centered on providing information to assist ecosystem managers and conservation organizations in developing plans for ecological restoration and adaption to potential ecological consequences of climate change. For more information on Dr. Sibold’s work, please click here to visit his website.


Kimberly Nichols research emphasizes primate functional anatomy and paleontology. She has studied the locomotor behaviors of wild Howling monkeys in Costa Rica and has worked at K-T Boundary and Eocene primate localities in the western United States and in the Fayum Depression of Egypt on paleontological projects investigating early primate evolution. Nichols has also been involved in a satellite imagery project documenting the kraal-like stone circles and horn-shaped structures built by early cattle pastoralists in the (pre-desertification) western Saharan region of Mali, Niger, and Algeria.