Paul V.M. Flesher - Faculty Director
Phone: (307) 766-2616
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)
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.
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.