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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Campbell County Public Library (2101 S 4-J Rd, Gillette, WY 82718)

Saturday University is a collaborative program connecting popular UW and community college professors with Wyoming residents who have a desire to learn.  Saturday University is sponsored by the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming Humanities Council, Wyoming community colleges, and Wyoming communities. The program is presented locally by the UW Outreach School and Gillette College.

Indirect Responses of Sagebrush-dependent Wildlife to Energy Development in Wyoming

Jeffrey L. Beck, Associate Professor, Ecosystem Science and Management, College of Agriculture, University of Wyoming

Sagebrush-dominated rangelands in Wyoming provide essential habitat for a variety of vertebrate species that require or depend upon sagebrush, including ungulates and the greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus).  These rangelands overlie economically important energy reserves including coal, natural gas, oil, uranium, and wind.  In this presentation Dr. Jeff Beck will report findings from studies in Wyoming designed to obtain information to better harmonize energy extraction activities with viable wildlife populations in energy-impacted sagebrush habitats.

Survival and Adaptation in the Shortgrass Prairie: The Mid-Continental Steppe Ecosystem

Matthew J. Craig, Biology Faculty, Department of Science, Gillette College

The plants and animals that have carved out niches in the shortgrass prairie ecosystem have developed adaptations to withstand climatic extremes, harsh competition, and taxing predation pressures. In this presentation Matt Craig will explore the adaptations of the extinct Pleistocene megafauna and current flora and fauna, including a look at how Cortez returned the horse to its ancestral home in the mid-continental steppe ecosystem.

The Cowboy State in a World on the Move: Exploring Contemporary Immigration Issues In Wyoming

Suzan M. Pritchett, Assistant Professor and Director, International Human Rights Clinic, University of Wyoming College of Law

Global migration is on the rise and national immigration reform appears illusive.  As the least populous state in the nation, many assume that Wyoming is insulated from the larger immigration debate.  However, immigrants continue to make Wyoming their home, and national and international immigration policies have an effect on local Wyoming communities.  In this presentation, Professor Suzan M. Pritchett will give context to contemporary immigration issues in Wyoming and provide an opportunity for discussion on the future of immigration in the Cowboy State.

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