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Ward Fish

Ward was born in wild, wonderful West Virginia. He currently resides in Aurora, CO, with his wife and two dogs. He enjoys being outdoors, gardening, and loves a good show at Red Rocks. He recently graduated from the Community College of Aurora with an A.A. in Marketing and will be attending Metro State in Denver this fall to pursue a double major in Marketing and Land Use. After that, the sky’s the limit!

Amanda Espinoza-Martinez

Amanda Espinoza-Martinez is from Denver, Colorado. She graduated from both high school and the Community College of Denver this spring where she completed her Associate of Science degree.  She will attend the University of Denver in the fall on a Daniels Scholarship. She is not entirely sure what to major in at this point. However, her general goal is to pursue a career in which she can make a positive impact on those around her. 

Michaela Brannum

Michaela grew up in Arvada, Colorado. She recently graduated from Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely, Colorado with an Associate of Science degree with a focus on Marine Science and Oceanography. As a junior in college, she plans to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology at University of Hawaii in Manoa this fall. After earning her B.A., Michaela plans to attend graduate school. She is a certified rescue diver and is always on the lookout for more diving opportunities. 

Scott-Wesley Bean

Scott-Wesley Bean is from Castle Rock, Colorado. This past spring, he completed his Associate's Degree at Arapahoe Community College and will transfer to Metropolitan State University in the fall. He aims to obtain a B.S. in Biology with a cellular and molecular concentration and a minor in chemistry.  Scott-Wesley contemplated being a professional oboist, but he now envisions himself becoming a professor to share his passion for research with students.

Climate Simulator 2016


LOCC Summer Workshop. Upward Bound high school students produced short videos about climate change in a one-week workshop in Trinidad CO. 

Dr H20 vs Dirt Devil


LOCC Summer Workshop. Upward Bound high school students produced short videos about climate change in a one-week workshop in Trinidad CO.

Dry Hot American Summer


LOCC Summer Workshop. Upward Bound high school students produced short videos about climate change in a one-week workshop in Trinidad CO.

David Schellhase

Dave grew up in Central Nebraska and moved to Colorado after high school in 2007. He found his passion for the outdoors through camping and skiing.

After taking an environmental science class at Colorado Mountain College, Dave realized that this was his career path. He has since become more focused on water.

Patrick Marsden

Patrick has always had a passion for the environment and the world around him.   Recently, he has focused his attention on the microbial world, and the amazing geochemical processes that take place as a function of the soil microbiome.

He is a transfer student from the Community College of Denver and will be attending Metro State University of Denver in the Fall. Patrick is an honor student and will pursue a dual major: B.S. in Microbiology and Biochemistry; with the intention to continue at the graduate level in a related field.