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Scientist Plans Talks on UW-Based Elk Research


June 5, 2013 — Members of the public will have two opportunities next week to hear from a University of Wyoming researcher who, in partnership with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, spent three years studying the interactions of elk and predators in the greater Yellowstone area.

Arthur Middleton, a recent UW Ph.D. graduate who’s now a post-doctoral fellow at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, will speak Wednesday, June 12 at the Teton County Library in Jackson and Thursday, June 13 at the University of Wyoming-National Park Service Research Center in Grand Teton National Park.

The topic of the June 12 presentation is, “Can wolves influence elk and plants via fear alone? Wolf-elk interactions in Wyoming’s Absaroka Mountains.” He’ll discuss the findings of his research on the Clarks Fork elk herd which are being published next week in the scientific journal Ecology Letters. The 6:30 p.m. talk, hosted by the Game and Fish Department and the Wyoming Wildlife Federation, is free and open to the public.

Middleton’s June 13 presentation at the UW-NPS Research Center is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The topic is, “The changing ecology of elk migration in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem,” based upon research published today in a special “Forum” section of the journal Ecology. Preceding the talk, a barbecue will be held at 5:30 p.m. with a $5 per person fee; reservations are not required.

The UW-NPS Research Center, located at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton, provides a base for university faculty members and governmental scientists from throughout North America to conduct research in the diverse aquatic and terrestrial environments of Grand Teton National Park and the greater Yellowstone area. Middleton’s presentation will kick off a series of summer seminars at the center. For more information, call (307) 543-2463.

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Recent University of Wyoming Ph.D. graduate Arthur Middleton will speak twice in Teton County next week about his research on the Clarks Fork elk herd.

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