Dennis Ojima's role in Future Earth has been to lead the development of the Colorado Hub and to coordinate the research enabling efforts for Future Earth.
Dennis is Professor, Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability; Senior Research Scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University; and University Director of the North Central Climate Science Center at Colorado State University for the Department of Interior. His research involves application of social ecological system approaches to climate and land use changes on ecosystems around the world, carbon accounting, and adaptation and mitigation strategies to climate change. He co-led the development of the Global Land Project (2001-2005) and co-chaired the GLP from 2005 through 2006). He has been recognized for his international contributions in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment which received the 2005 Zayed International Prize for the Environment, and the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2013 he was honoured as a Champion of the Environment by the Mongolian Minister of the Environment and Green Development.