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Wyoming EPSCoR

Current Projects

Microbial Ecology

This project will study microbiomes across the state of Wyoming to help predict how different regions respond to environmental disturbances. The research aims to provide policy makers with tools to better manage natural resources. Microbial organisms are ubiquitous and abundant in soil and aquatic environments. These organisms play essential roles in cycling nutrients, decomposing organic matter and determining the fate of pollutants released by human activities. Samples of microbes will be collected from thousands of sites that differ in their local climate, land use and plant life. Samples will be analyzed to better understand the environmental roles of the microbes and their responses to changes in precipitation, soil properties and land use. Species composition and ecological relationships to the ecosystem will be determined using DNA, RNA and protein sequencing. Statistical methods will be used to uncover the relationships between microbes and how the overall ecosystems function. See Press Release here.

Tree Leaf Sampling
Bison Monitoring Equipment

The Wyoming Center for Environmental Hydrology and Geophysics

Many of the most pressing issues facing the western United States hinge on the fate and transport of water and its response to diverse disturbances, including climate change, bark beetle infestations, and energy extraction. A grand challenge for water resources management is to optimize water allocation among stakeholders whose diverse needs range from watering crops to extracting fossil fuels, safeguarding drinking water, and delivering water to downstream communities. The goal of this project is to establish a lasting center of excellence in environmental hydrology and geophysics that transforms science and watershed management in Wyoming by providing cutting-edge knowledge and tools to water resource managers and scientists in the public and private sectors. More information on the most recent Water Interest Group meeting is available here.

Broader Impacts

Interested in ways we reach out to the public? Take a look at the broader impacts of WY EPSCoR's work.

Current Activities and Events

Summer Field Season is in Full Swing!

Faculty and students are spread out across the state, to learn about their current projects take a look at the recent story from Institutional Marketing.

Who We Are and What We're Doing

The Wyoming EPSCoR Office is located on the University of Wyoming main campus in Wyoming Hall on the 4th floor. These past years have allowed EPSCoR to actively engage Wyoming residents from girl scouts through water resource managers at the city and state level in projects that address the current and future state of the region’s water. Check out how we do what we do!

Wyoming EPSCoR

WY EPSCoR has been awarded a new RII Track 1 award to study microbiomes across the state.

To learn more about the project, and other four funded in 2017 by NSF see the press release here.

Wyoming EPSCoR is a program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support researchers, students, and institutions in Wyoming by building a robust and diverse research educational infrastructure in the state by supporting and facilitating programs.

The goals of Wyoming EPSCoR are:

  • to facilitate the building of research educational infrastructure
  • to increase the diversity of participants in STEM fields
  • to administer awards from NSF EPSCoR to increase national research competitiveness
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