• Role:

  • Position:

    • Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Cultural Anthropology
  • Department:

    • Anthropology and Geography
  • Education:

    • Ph.D. in Anthropology, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York, 1985 M.A. in Anthropology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 1979 B.A. in Anthropology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 1971
  • Curriculum Vitae:


Senior Research Scientist and Professor, NREL
Advising Faculty Member, GDPE
Director, The Africa Center

Dr. Galvin is Professor and Senior Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory. She is also an Advising Faculty member for the Department of Sociology and the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at CSU. Trained as a biological anthropologist she has conducted interdisciplinary human ecological research in Africa for the past 20 years. She is interested in issues of African pastoral land use, conservation, climate variability and resilience and adaptation strategies of these populations. Her current research explores looking at the dynamics of the coupled natural and human system of the Greater Serengeti Ecosystem. She is also looking at the importance of spatial complexity and the costs of fragmentation of pastoral ecosystems around the world. Finally, she is currently leading a group to investigate household decision-making under uncertainty across sites around the world with NSF funding. Dr. Galvin has been a member of a National Academy of Science/National Research Council (NAS/NRC) group to assess Research Needs and Modes of Support for the Human Dimensions of Global Change. She was also a panel member of the NAS NRC Human Dimensions of Seasonal-to-Interannual Climate Variability group. She served on the National Science Foundation, Cultural Anthropology Program Panel. She was an Aldo Leopold Fellow in 2001.


In the News

Is Deforestation Driving Mt. Kenya’s Glacier Recession? by Jade Payne, GlacierHub | June 07, 2018

The Frontiers of Conservation Social Science:: African Community Based Conservation: An Experiment Gone Wild | February 24, 2017

CSU prof contributed to national climate change report, SOURCE | March 02, 2015

International workshop on sustainability held by Dr. Kathleen Galvin |February 13th, 2015

Dr. Kathleen Galvin named one of four Nature Conservancy trustees, The Denver Post | October 20, 2014

Collaborators: Ecological Anthropologists at ASM explore contributions to LTER | October 28, 2012

Anthropologists Explore Climate Change, Today @ Colorado State | January 19, 2012

‘Pastoralist Voices on Climate Change’ documentary trailer released, Today @ Colorado State | May 26, 2011

Researchers Address Climate Change Impacts on Maasai Pasoralists in Kenya, Today @ Colorado State | October 27, 2010



Africa; U.S. Great Plains; human ecology; human dimensions of global change; conservation and development; pastoralism; diet and nutrition


  • ANTH329, Cultural Change

  • ANTH400, History of Anthropological Theory

  • ANTH500, Development of Anthropological Theory

  • ANTH529, Anthropology and Sustainable Development

  • ANTH530, Human-Environment Interactions