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About us|Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

Haub School of Environment
and Natural Resources
Bim Kendall House
804 E Fremont St
Laramie, WY 82072
Phone: (307) 766-5080
Fax: (307) 766-5099

Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming

Emilene Ostlind, Haub School of ENR

Emilene Ostlind, Editor

Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

University of Wyoming


(307) 766-2604  |  | CV |  Kendall House, Rm 108


MFA Creative Nonfiction Writing and ENR, University of Wyoming
BA Humanities/Fine Arts, Spanish, ENR, and Honors, University of Wyoming

Background and expertise

Emilene is the founding editor of Western Confluence magazine, a biannual publication from the Ruckelshaus Institute covering collaborative approaches to natural resource problem solving in the West. She oversees production of each issue, edits stories, writes articles, and distributes the publication. She also works as communications coordinator in the Haub School, overseeing web and print materials including newsletters, reports, press releases, social media, and web content.

Emilene's primary professional interests are in long-form narrative journalism and writing about environmental and natural resource challenges in the western U.S. To that end, she occasionally contributes writing to relevant publications. Currently she is editing text for the Atlas of Wildlife Migrations: Wyoming's Ungulates, forthcoming from Oregon State University Press in 2018. She will also have an essay in Yellowstone Migrations, a book of Joe Riis's photographs forthcoming from Braided River in 2017.

Previously, Emilene was photographic coordinator at National Geographic magazine in Washington, DC, a reporter at High Country News in Colorado, and a freelance reporter covering environmental and community stories in the West. Her graduate thesis was a collaborative project with wildlife photographer (and ENR graduate) Joe Riis to document, through photography and storytelling, the migration of a herd of pronghorn antelope from its summer range in Grand Teton National Park to winter range in the Green River Basin and back. Her High Country News cover story about the project won the 2012 Science in Society Journalism Award from the National Association of Science Writers and the 2012 Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism from Stanford University. She has lived abroad in Guatemala and Mexico.

Select publications

Conservation Easements: An Open Spaces Protection Tool Worth Reforming, Western Confluence, 2016

Measuring Rain, Snow, and Hail, Western Confluence, 2016

The Feedgrounds Conundrum, Western Confluence, 2015

Aquifer Recharge: Underground Storage Helps Sustain Water Supplies, Western Confluence, 2015

The Ecology of Fear: Elk Responses to Wolves in Yellowstone, Western Confluence, 2014

"Perilous passages: The struggle to understand and protect the long-distance journeys of migrating wildlife," High Country News, 2011

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Select accomplishments and extracurricular activities

Natural Resources Reporting Award, Soil and Water Conservation Society, Wyo. Chapter, Oct 2015

Copyediting Certificate, University of California at San Diego Extension (online), Dec 2014

Science Writers 2012, conference in Research Triangle, N.C., Oct 2012

Mountain and Wilderness Writing Workshop, Banff Centre for Creativity, Oct – Nov 2011

Outstanding Thesis Award, University of Wyoming, 2011

Delegate to 9th World Wilderness Congress, Merida, Mexico, Nov 2009

Boyd Evison Fellowship for graduate research in Grand Teton National Park, 2008

College of Arts and Sciences Summer Independent Study Award, May 2008

Rosemarie Martha Spitelari Award to UW’s outstanding female graduate, May 2005

College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Graduate, May 2005

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