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Climate’s Effect on Yellowstone Species Topic of UW-Park Service Research Center Talk

July 11, 2018
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The pika is among the species being researched on how they adapt to changing climate conditions in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. (Embere Hall Photo)

A postdoctoral research scientist will discuss how certain species cope with climate change in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem (GYE) at the University of Wyoming National Park Service (UW-NPS) Research Center Thursday, July 19. The center is located at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

Embere Hall, from the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at UW, will discuss “Living with climate change: Can behavior help pikas and other sensitive species cope?” as part of the Harlow Summer Seminars.

She will speak at 6:30 p.m. at the AMK Ranch, located north of Leeks Marina. A barbecue, at a cost of $5 per person, will take place at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are not required. The talk is part of the weekly Harlow Summer Seminars series.

Hall says contemporary climate change affects temperatures across the globe, including in the GYE. Rising temperatures can reduce the amount of time that conditions are suitable for animals to engage in essential activities, such as collecting food and protecting offspring.

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Embere Hall, a UW postdoctoral research scientist, will discuss “Living with climate change: Can behavior help pikas and other sensitive species cope?” as part of the Harlow Summer Seminars. (Embere Hall Photo)

She will discuss whether animals can alter key behaviors in order to deal with potentially stressful conditions, with a focus on iconic GYE species, including the American pika and sagebrush-obligate songbirds.

Hall studies how animals deal with rapid environmental change. Her current work tests the ecological effects of climate warming and whether wildlife can respond to new conditions by changing how they behave. Before coming to UW, she served as the research director for Teton Science Schools in Jackson. Hall received a doctoral degree in ecology from UW.

Formerly called the AMK Ranch Talk Series, the Harlow Summer Seminars program is named after retired UW Department of Zoology and Physiology Professor Hank Harlow, who helped make the UW-NPS Research Center a significant center for research and community outreach. Harlow began the popular weekly public seminars during the summer months.

For more information about the Harlow Summer Seminars, contact Michael Dillon at (307) 314-9833 or

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