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Fall Term 2014 - Jackson, WY

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - Jackson, WY

National Museum of Wildlife Art

Go back to college for a day – minus the tests, stress and homework – join us for three lectures, delivered by top-notch professors who will enlighten and entertain you as part of Saturday U: The Free One-Day college education on Saturday October 11, 2014.

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

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

Matt Kaufman

Matthew Kaufman 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 www.migrationinitiative.org)

 

Wind River Glaciers: The Impact of Climate Change

Jaquelyn Klancher, Assistant Professor – Department of 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 - Department of English, University of Wyoming at Casper

Bruce Richardson

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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