Kristofer Covey

Lecturer in Forest Dynamics; Lead Scientist, Ucross High Plains Stewardship; Director & Lead Instructor, Great Mountain Forest Land Use and Spatial Analysis Field Module

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Tel: 518-321-3706
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Ph.D. Silviculture and Biogeochemistry, 2016 Yale Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences, New Haven, CT. Master of Philosophy, 2012 Yale Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences, New Haven, CT. Master of Forestry, 2010 Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, New Haven, CT. BA Physics, 2003 State University of New York at Potsdam, Potsdam, NY.


Dr. Covey is the Lead Scientist at the Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative, Lecturer in Forest Dynamics, and the Director of the Land Use and Spatial Analysis Summer Field Module at the Great Mountain Forest. He brings 15 years of teaching experience, a desire to work with a diverse group of passionate students, and a strong appreciation for the value of combining high-energy classroom lectures with hands-on field instruction.

As the Lead Scientist at the Ucross High Plains Steward Initiative, Kris assists the UHPSI team with publication strategy, data processing and analysis, and student engagement. Each fall, Kris leads the Western Fellowship Working Group, a semester-long project-oriented seminar providing the western fellows with support in experimental design, data analysis, and publication. The Western Research Fellowship funds projects exploring a wide range of social and biophysical challenges facing the American Mountain West. Past fellows have investigated a diverse suite of issues ranging from nutrient dynamics and greenhouse trace gas cycling in alpine lakes, human-wildlife conflict mitigation, rapid soil-carbon assessment in rangelands, to the complex social dynamics surrounding large mammal migrations in the High Plains region and beyond.

While pursuing his Postdoctoral research, Dr. Covey co-founded the Western Research Fellowship at UHPSI, served as a member of the School's Diversity and Inclusion Strategy Committee, and as a member of a University wide Carbon Offset Task Force. He also joined the Global Carbon Project's Methane Working Group, authoring the vegetation section of the 2017 global methane budget, the first time plants are recognized as distinct source category.

During his Masters and Doctoral research at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Kris was a teaching fellow for master's and undergraduate level courses focused on General Ecology, Forest Dynamics, Silviculture, Forest Health, Environmental Law & Policy, as well as several courses in Environmental Statistics and Experimental Design. In addition to being a past President of the Yale Student Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, he formerly managed the Landscape Management Laboratory and the Greeley Memorial Laboratory Greenhouse, and served as the Director of New Initiatives at the Yale School Forests.

Prior to coming to Yale, Kris taught Science and Environmental Science in Western Massachusetts where he founded the Southern Berkshire Regional Arboretum, a student led urban forestry project.