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Dr. D. Layne Coppock

Dr. D. Layne Coppock

Professor (Research Interests: human dimensions and applied ecology in rangelands and small-farm systems, international development, adoption-diffusion of innovations, action research methods)
Department: Environment & Society
Departmental Role: Environment & Society Faculty
Status: Faculty, Faculty Advisor
Location:  NR 140
Office Phone:  435.797.1262
Fax:  435.797.4048
Utah State University
Department of Environment & Society
5215 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-5215

USU Selected Works

Curriculum Vita (long version)
Curriculum Vita (short version)

Research Highlights
Note to Prospective Graduate Students
Photo Gallery and Profiles of Former Students
Data Sets for Public Access
Ancillary Publications by Colleagues

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. 
Abstract    Reprint     Full Text


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

Graduate Students:
Thomas Derr - M.S., Geography Peace Corps Masters International

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.  See my curriculum vita for career details.