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William D. Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources

Indy Burke, Director
Bim Kendall House
804 E. Fremont St.
Laramie, WY 82072

Phone: (307) 766-5080, Fax: (307) 766-5099
Web site:

The William D. Ruckelshaus Institute is housed within the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming. The school advances the understanding and resolution of complex environmental and natural resources challenges, and the Ruckelshaus Institute furthers that mission by communicating relevant research and promoting collaborative decision making to support stakeholder-driven solutions to natural resource challenges.

The Ruckelshaus Institute conducts policy analysis and research, offers resources and facilitation to support collaborative decision making, and provides outreach for natural resource professionals and the public.

Research and Policy Analysis: Through proactive initiatives and by invitation, the Ruckelshaus Institute produces neutral scientific, technial, and socioeconomic analysis on natural resource issues important to Wyoming and the West. Since 1994, the Institute has made information available on topics as diverse as land use, wildlife, water, energy-environment linkages, and environmental policy.

Collaborative Decision Making: The Ruckelshaus Institute supports inclusive and collaborative approaches to environmental conflict resolution by providing facilitation and convening services, trainings in mediation and collaborative decision making for natural resource professionals, and courses in negotiation theory for UW students.

Outreach: The Ruckelshaus Institute makes research available to stakeholders through accessible publications and by convening conferences on critical natural resource issues. Our white paper series and other publications serve a range of environmental and natural resource stakeholders including policy makers, government agencies, non-profits, industry, and the public.

Biodiversity Institute

Carlos Martinez del Rio, Director
Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center, Room 231

Phone: (307) 766-6240
Web site:

The University of Wyoming’s Biodiversity Institute, established in 2012, promotes research, education, and public engagement around biological diversity in all its forms and on all scales. The institute is a center where scholars and the public convene to expand understanding of biodiversity science and to explore the interplay between human society and the natural world.

The Biodiversity Institute is a division of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, whose academic programs and institutes advance the understanding and resolution of complex environmental and natural resource challenges. The Biodiversity Institute fosters conservation of biodiversity by enabling all citizens to participate in scientific discovery.

The goals of the Biodiversity Institute are three-fold: to support research in biodiversity science and its impacts on the environment and society; to provide opportunities for the education of students in the scientific and social aspects of biodiversity; and to engage the public in essential discussions of the value of biological diversity and the consequences of its loss.

Upcoming projects include providing grants for biodiversity research and natural history collections support, studying the Berry Center’s green roof as a model for sustainable technology, developing a biodiversity curriculum for the University of Wyoming, publishing a biodiversity atlas series, and building a web portal for citizen biodiversity science in Wyoming, among others.

The Biodiversity Institute also organizes and hosts events including concert seriese, biodiversity films, art exhibits, expeditions, and speakers.

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