Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

The Ojima Lab

Dr. Dennis OjimaDr. Dennis S. Ojima
Ph.D., Colorado State University, 1987
Senior Research Scientist, NREL at Colorado State University
North Central Climate Science Center, Principal Investigator
The Heinz Center for Science, Senior Scholar

Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory
Campus Mail 1499
Fort Collins , CO 80523-1499

Phone: (970) 491-1976
Fax: (970) 491-1965


Dennis Ojima is a Professor in the Ecosystem Science and Sustainability Department and Senior Research Scientist in the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory in the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University and a Senior Scholar at the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment. Professor Ojima received his BA and Master’s Degrees in Botany from Pomona College (1975) and the University of Florida (1978), and his PhD from the Rangeland Ecosystem Science Department at Colorado State University in 1987. 

His research areas include global change effects on ecosystems around the world. His research addresses climate and land use changes on ecosystems, carbon accounting methods for forest carbon sequestration, and adaptation and mitigation strategies to climate change. These research efforts have led to his successful development of the multi-institutional consortium effort to host the North Central Climate Science Center at Colorado State University for the Department of Interior. He is Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, is serving on the Human Dimensions of Global Change and the Board for International Scientific Organizations for the National Research Council, and has received recognition for his international contributions for his involvement in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment receiving which received the 2005 Zayed International Prize for the Environment and the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.