Dr. D. Layne Coppock

Environment & Society

Emeritus Professor

Dr. D. Layne Coppock

Contact Information

Phone: (435) 512-7630
Email: layne.coppock@usu.edu
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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 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. More recent projects have investigated: (1) Attitudes of Utah residents concerning climate change and renewable energy; (2) effects of climate-change on vegetable and fruit prices across the USA; (3) opportunities for climate-change adaptation in small-farm systems of Uganda and Nepal; and (4) studies of the effects of large development investments on the livelihoods and natural resource management practices of agro-pastoralists in northern Namibia.

Courses Taught

ENVS 1350- Introduction to Environmental Science
ENVS 4000- Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management
ENVS 6840/7840- Graduate Orientation Seminar

Other Departmental and Program Affiliations

Principal Investigator, Utah Agricultural Experiment Station
Ecology Center

Special Links for Selected Research Papers

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.

Coppock, D.L., R. Hart, and E. Burritt. 2017. Technical and human factors hinder medusahead control in northern Utah. Rangelands 39(2): 35-45.

Coppock, D.L., N. Pandey, S. Tulachan, D. Duwal, M. Dhungana, B. Prasad Dulal, and D. Davis. (Submitted). Nonformal education promotes innovation and climate change preparedness among isolated Nepalese farmers. Climate and Development

Coppock, D.L. (2020). Improving Drought Preparedness Among Utah cattle ranchers. Rangeland Ecology and Management. 73(6): 879-890

Selected Publications