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D. Layne Coppock

D. Layne Coppock

Environment & Society

Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: NR 140 - By appointment
IconPhone: (435) 797-1262
IconEmail: layne.coppock@usu.edu

Educational Background

PhD, International Animal Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 1985
MS, Wildlife Biology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 1981
BS, Zoology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins Colorado, 1977

Emphasis

Sustainable livelihoods via risk management and poverty reduction among people inhabiting rangelands and smallholder farming systems

Biography

Dr. Coppock primarily investigates ways to promote sustainable livelihoods via risk management and poverty reduction among people inhabiting rangelands and smallholder farming systems around the world. His main research locations have been in eastern Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania) as well as throughout rural Utah. He looks for cost-effective interventions often involving livelihood diversification, education, and improved management of natural resources. Examples of recent projects include:

  1. Collective action among pastoral women in southern Ethiopia and northern Kenya
  2. Drought coping strategies among Utah ranchers
  3. Adoption of soil and water conservation practices among farmers in a Rift Valley watershed of central Kenya
  4. The role of education in promoting wealth creation and wildlife conservation among farmers in the Kigoma Region of western Tanzania
  5. Prospects for enhancing carbon sequestration on Utah rangelands.