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UW-NPS Research Center
Harold L. Bergman
Dept. 3166
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-4227
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Celeste is headed off to new adventures so PLEASE use our new email for correspondence.  or you can contact Harold Bergman directly

2016 NEWSLETTER and RFP is here!


(Photo credit to Mark Elbroch.  Thanks!)

Here is the UW NPS Research Station’s newsletter including our 2016 RFP for the small grant program.

The small grant program funds up to 12 projects a year ($5,000 each) for research in the Greater Yellowstone Area. They are perfect for that grad student ready to test their wings. Suggested topics are included but if you have an idea and well written proposal please consider sending it our way!

The station is one of UW’s better kept secrets; on the Jackson lake with a million dollar view and rates so low even researchers smile. Click here for the newsletter or email for more information.  Additionally you can contact the Director, Harold Bergman, directly at

UW-NPS a Cooperative Effort

The University of Wyoming-National Park Service (UW-NPS) Research Center is a cooperative effort between the University of Wyoming and the National Park Service. Headquartered on the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie, the research center was established to foster research in National Parks in the Rocky Mountain Region. In addition, the center operates a field research station at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park which is open from mid-May through mid-October.

The primary function of the Research Station is to promote excellence in research by furnishing housing, laboratory space, transportation, equipment and financial support to enable investigators in the biological, physical and social sciences to access the rich and diverse environments of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, Bridger-Teton and Targhee National Forest and the Gros Vente and Teton Wilderness Areas.

The research station is currently closed for researchers.

Please visit our research living opportunities

CLIMATE CHANGE RESPONSE PROGRAM offering internships for Undergraduates studying climate change.

The National Park Service is offering  the CLimate Change Youth Leadership Programs for undergrads interested in climate change to apply cutting-eduge climate change knowledge to park management.  For more information, or to apply click HERE!


 Boyd Evison Graduate Fellowship applications accepted until February 5, 2016.

The Grand Teton Association offers a fellowship of up to $10,000/project for graduate studies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, including Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Parkway, and surrounding lands. Emphasis areas are lesser-known ecosystem elements such as air and water; geologic or other processes; plants, insects, reptiles, amphibians, fungi; natural soundscapes; and social science related to public understanding of natural resources use or management. 

Graduate students pursuing a Master’s or Doctoral degree are invited to submit proposals to be judged on the following:

  • The value of information to be gained by the scientific community and by land or resource managers
  • The clarity of problem definition and uniqueness of the proposed approach
  • Technical soundness (provide sufficient study design detail and references to allow for a technical evaluation)
  • Qualifications of the student and their major advisor/institution, and
  • Completeness of proposal--Present a budget clearly indicating the total cost of the study and the percent of support provided by this fellowship compared to other sources of support.


We encourage proposals that cover a major portion of studies which are new or only recently began but are not fully funded. Projects may extend over several seasons, and must comply with appropriate agency regulations and permits (separately administered from this fellowship.) Seasonal summer housing may be available at the UWNPS Research Center in Grand Teton NP--if desired, project budgets should include housing costs at $25/night and housing should be requested separately ( Students are expected to provide a comprehensive technical report or publication and one or more educational products to facilitate information transfer beyond the scientific audience, such as a presentation to site managers, the public, or a non-technical article.

 For the application please click here!


Chadron State College crew

The Station is now closed.  Thanks for a great 2015 season!

What a great research season, the station was packed, the weather was fantastic, the seminars were well attended.  Now Gordo and Callahan are closing the cabins and getting ready for winter.  Please check back in January for the RFP for our small grants program and to submit housing for next year's season.

Boat doc evening

AMK Historic Preservation Guide now available online

Mary Humstone (University of Wyoming) wrote in in-depth preservation guide for the historic structures at the AMK. The guide is based on inspections and research conducted as part of an American Studies field course during summer 2011, under the guidance of log building expert Harrison Goodall. The guide identifies preservation concerns with the property's sixteen historic buildings and offers well researched recommendations.  It also has some great historic photos of some of the AMK structures, including John Sargent's cabin (which is no longer standing) and the Johnson Lodge under construction.  The recommendations are valuable to log restoration experts in the Rocky Mountains.  Thanks, Mary!  To read the publication please click here!

2016 Small Grants RFP

The RFP for the 2016 Grant season should be available the first of the year, please check back for details.


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Jackson Hole Student to Present Bee Research at AMK Ranch Aug. 13

August 7, 2015 — A Jackson Hole High School and University of Wyoming graduate will discuss her bee research during the weekly Harlow Summer Seminars Thursday, Aug. 13, at the UW-National Park Service (UW-NPS) Research Center. The center is located at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

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Annual Report now online

You can now access our old Annual Reports online. The list is extensive; you can find research from 1970 to 2013. Additionally there are short articles about classes that are offered on site.

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