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D. Layne Coppock

D. Layne Coppock

Ecology/Environment & Society


Contact Information

Office Location: NR 140, By Appointment
IconPhone: 435-797-1262


ENVS 3330- Environment and Society
ENVS 6840/7840- Graduate Orientation Seminar

Graduate Students:
Thomas Derr - M.S., Geography
Jessica McAllister - M.S., Geography Peace Corps. Master's International

Other Departmental and Program Affiliations:
Principal Investigator, Utah Agricultural Experiment Station
Masters of Natural Resources (MNR) program
USU Office of Global Engagement
Ecology Center

Special Links for Science Paper:
Coppock D.L., S. Desta, S. Tezera, G. Gebru. 2011. Capacity Building Helps Pastoral Women Transform Impoverished Communities in Ethiopia Science 334 (6061):1394-1398.
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My students, colleagues, and I primarily investigate ways to promote sustainable livelihoods via risk management and poverty reduction among people inhabiting rangelands and smallholder farming systems around the world. Our main research locations have been in eastern Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania) as well as throughout rural Utah. We look 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; and (5) prospects for enhancing carbon sequestration on Utah rangelands.

Curriculum Vitae
Selected Publications