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Saturday University Tackles: Wildlife conservation, coevolution and ranchland and forest carbon

SHERIDAN, Wyo. —Go back to college for a day – minus the tests, stress and homework – with three professors from the University of Wyoming, who will enlighten and entertain with lectures during Saturday University: The Free One-Day College Education on Saturday, July 20.

Attend one, two or all three Saturday University lectures from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., July 20, at the Spear-O-Wigwam Mountain Campus. The day wraps up with a free BBQ lunch and  an opportunity to ask the speakers questions.

Saturday U, July 26, Summer Term Schedule

Living with Elephants and Lions: Humans and Wildlife on the Kenyan Landscape

Jake Goheen, Associate Professor - Zoology & Physiology and Botany, University of Wyoming

In sub-Saharan Africa, UW-led research has provided new insights into the habits of large animals, such as elephants and lions, which in turn has led to new conservation practices. Implementing these practices requires targeted management in collaboration with local communities, but it is sometimes the addition of sheer blind luck that enables humans and wildlife to coexist more peacefully on the Kenyan landscape.

Pines and Crossbill Birds: Evolving together into new species

Craig Benkman, Professor and Berry Chair, Zoology & Physiology, University of Wyoming

Over time, plants and animals adapt to each other. UW Professor Craig Benkman has discovered that this co-adaptation can lead to the formation of new species. Rocky Mountain lodgepole pine and the crossbills that feed on them form a prime example of this coevolution and the natural diversification it leads to.


Carbon Credits on the Range and in the Forest: Does it Matter?

Indy Burke, WY Excellence Chair, Director of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

Carbon Credits are usually discussed in relationship to factories and power plants, but increasingly ranchers and forestry officials are interested in them for managing rangeland and forests.  How would this affect Wyoming and its landscapes? What is the science behind these ideas and can they work?

Saturday University is a collaborative program connecting popular UW professors with Wyoming residents who have a desire to learn. Saturday University is sponsored by the University of Wyoming, University of Wyoming Foundation, Wyoming Humanities Council, and area businesses. The program is presented locally by Sheridan College.

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