Warner College of Natural Resources


Ecosystem Science and Sustainability


Environment, Sustainability

Areas of Expertise

Collaborative conservation

Robin Reid

Reid focuses on transforming science so it fully impacts society, collaborative conservation, land governance, rights of nature, rangeland ecology, pastoral systems, international development and sustainability.

Reid led research, education and outreach on conservation and development issues for the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi, Kenya from 1992 to 2007. She was the founding director of CSU’s endowed Center for Collaborative Conservation from 2008 to 2019.

Reid’s book, “Savannas of Our Birth,” charts human evolution in East Africa, what those savannas are like today, and where they are going in the future.

Reid is part of the “female tsunami” of leaders who are reinventing how we do science, how we support our communities with science, and how we build scientific teams worldwide. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, serving in the Human-Environmental Sciences section, in 2021.

Reid earned her Ph.D. in rangeland ecosystem science from CSU in 1992, her master‘s at the University of Washington in 1983 and her B.Sc. at Duke University in 1979.