• Role:

  • Position:

    • Instructor
  • Department:

    • Philosophy
  • Education:

    • Master of Arts, in Philosophy, and Master of Arts, in English


Curiosity may have killed the cat, but curiosity gives me life. I have done many things over the decades, from working with homeless people in Atlanta, political refugees in the hills of Georgia, wild birds throughout the Western U.S., and college students in Colorado. I love to learn. I am currently learning how to be an urban farmer (Sunspot Urban Farm in Fort Collins) and to publicly perform my folk songs ( When I teach in the college classroom, I aim to connect with students' lived experience, to evoke their curiosity about how their study of Western philosophy can enhance their daily lives.


Yackel Adams, A.A., R.D. Adams, S.K. Skagen, and D.J. Martin. 2016. Phrynosoma hernandesi commensalism. Herpetological Review 47: 467.

Yackel Adams, A.A., D.J. Martin, and R.D. Adams. 2015. Heterodon nasicus Plains Hog-nosed snake. Diet. Herpetological Review 46:645.

Adams, R.D. “Teach Good Reasoning.” In W. M. Timpson, B. Dunbar , G. Kimmel , B. Bruyere, P. Newman, and H. Mizia. 2006. 147 Practical Tips for Teaching Sustainability: Connecting the Environment, the Economy, and Society. Atwood Publishing.

Adams, R.D. 2006. “Thinking beyond human value.” Conservation Biology 20:1557-1558.

Skagen, S.K., A.A. Yackel Adams, and R.D. Adams. 2005. Nest survival relative to patch size in a highly-fragmented shortgrass prairie. Wilson Bulletin 117:23-34.

Yackel Adams, A. A., S.K. Skagen, and R.D. Adams. 2001. Movements and survival of lark bunting fledglings. Condor 103:643-647.

Skagen, S.K., E. Muths, and R.D. Adams. 2001. Toward assessing the effects of bank stabilization activities on wildlife communities of the Upper Yellowstone River, U.S.A U.S. Geological Survey, Midcontinent Ecological Science Center, Fort Collins, Colorado 76pp.