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Saturday, October 11, 2014 - Jackson, WY

National Museum of Wildlife Art

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 and the Wyoming Humanities Council. The program is presented locally by Central Wyoming College, National Museum of Wildlife Art and Teton County Library Foundation.

The Migrations of Wyoming’s Deer, Elk and Moose: Ecology and Conservation amid Changing Landscapes

Matthew Kauffman, Professor – Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming, Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and U.S. Geological Survey


Matthew Kauffman leads a scientific team that has broken new ground exploring the long-distance migrations of Wyoming's iconic large ungulates like deer and elk. Their research seeks to understand how and why ungulates migrate by evaluating the role of forage, movement, fat dynamics, reproduction and survival. His talk will explore how migrations are being altered by landscape changes such as drought, predation by newly restored wolves and grizzly, and rapidly expanding energy development as well as new efforts to conserve the migration routes. (Visit

Wind River Glaciers: The Impact of Climate Change

Jacquelyn Klancher, Assistant Professor - Environmental Health and Safety, Central Wyoming College

Wyoming’s mountain peaks are getting warmer and their glaciers are melting. What does this mean for Wyoming’s future? Jacki Klancher led a team of students and citizen scientists into the Wind River mountain this summer to research the impacts of glacial ice mass recession in the high alpine reaches of the Wind River Range. The outcome of this wilderness foray - called the Interdisciplinary Climate Change Expedition – provides an important look at what is happening in Wyoming’s mountains.

Pilgrimage to Yellowstone: Sacred and Secular Interpretations of Nature

Bruce Richardson, Senior Lecturer - English, University of Wyoming at Casper


Every year Americans flock to Yellowstone and other national parks in droves, much like pilgrims are drawn to their religion's holy sites. Once there, they encounter something larger than their everyday lives. Their Yellowstone experience becomes part of them; it becomes “meaningful.” How does an understanding of religious pilgrimage provide insight into the way the Park’s visitors experience it? The experiences and thoughts of early visitors to Yellowstone such as John Muir will help us explore that question.

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