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UW-NPS SEMINAR AT THE AMK RANCH JUNE 14th
ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF LARGE PREDATOR-LARGE PREY INTERACTIONS IN THE HIGH ANDES OF SOUTH AMERICA
Emiliano Donadio University of Wyoming
In North America, large predator-large herbivore interactions have been disrupted mainly through the elimination of predators. In some protected areas of northwestern Argentina the natural interaction between pumas, as the main predator on vicunas and guanacos still occurs. Emiliano will present data that highlights the importance of conserving large predator-large prey dynamics, discuss the factors that threaten its persistence and describe alternative strategies that researchers could use to support and enhance the conservation of wildlife and its habitats in the high Andes of South America.
We will have a barbecue at 5:30 with hamburgers, veggieburgers, hot dogs, chips, salads and dessert with a $5.00 donation. The talk starts at 6:30 in the Berol lodge at the AMK ranch. Turn right in the Leeks Marina parking lot in Grand Teton National Park. No reservations are needed.
SEMINAR SCHEDULE FOR UW-NPS RESEARCH STATION AT THE AMK RANCH
June 14th Emiliano Donadio: Ecology and conservation of large predator-large prey integration in the high Andes of South America
June 21st Frank Rahel: Fishing isn't what it used to be and it never was: a history of fish management.
June 28th Michael Page: The oldest campsite in Jackson Hole: 10,000 years of human occupation at the Game Creek Site.
July 5th James Pritchard: History of trails of Grand Teton National Park; Geologist Fritiof Fryxell
July 12th Bruce Smith: Where Elk Roam; Conservation and biopolitics of our National Elk Herd.
July 19 Sarah Spalding: The history of high elevation lakes in Grand Teton National Park; the sediments tell the story.
July 26th Lusha Tronstad: The chemical and biological responses of three streams to wildfire in Yellowstone National Park
August 2nd Matt Carling: Is hybridization for the birds?
August 9th Scott Carleton: Prioritizing Snake River Cutthroat Trout conservation in Jackson Lake watershed.
Harlow Receives Top UW Faculty Award
April 20, 2012 - As a researcher, he has crawled into dens of hibernating bears in the Rocky Mountains, has been chased by Komodo dragons in Indonesia and has tranquilized polar bears in the Arctic Circle.
As a teacher, he has captivated generations of students in the University of Wyoming's Department of Zoology and Physiology.
And, since 1993, he has been an effective ambassador for UW, helping make the UW-National Park Service Research Center in Grand Teton National Park a significant center for research and community outreach.
For that record of distinction in research, instruction and service, Professor Henry "Hank" Harlow has been honored as the 2012 recipient of the George Duke Humphrey Distinguished Faculty Award. Named for UW's 13th president, it is the university's highest faculty honor.
"Dr. Harlow is clearly a gifted, master teacher and a very successful and respected researcher, and his successes as a teacher and researcher bring great credit to the university," wrote Harold Bergman, head of UW's Department of Zoology and Physiology. "Hank has made a huge positive impression on a large number of students, colleagues from both on and off campus, agency scientists, administrators and the general public."
Harlow joined the UW faculty in 1981 as an assistant professor of zoology and physiology, and he immediately made his mark in the classroom as a demanding, yet extremely effective teacher. He was honored in 1988 with the John P. Ellbogen Meritorious Faculty Classroom Teaching Award and has been recognized numerous times by the College of Arts and Sciences for teaching excellence.
He also has been a prolific researcher. Bergman describes Harlow as "arguably the world's expert" on hibernation in bears and other mammals, based largely upon his examinations of animals in the wild. Komodo dragons, vampire bats and prairie dogs also have been research targets. His most recent research has been on the effects of climate change on polar bears in the Arctic.
"Hank has a knack for addressing questions of great interest to both the public, and his students and colleagues ... and he can describe his results clearly," wrote Dennis Knight, professor emeritus in UW's Department of Botany. "A long, steady publication rate in prominent journals suggests that he is much appreciated by his peers, and he certainly has had a favorable impact on UW's image around the state and region."
But Harlow's colleagues and others agree that his most significant contribution to UW has been his work as director of the research center in Grand Teton. The center, housed in historic National Park Service buildings at the former AMK Ranch on the shores of Jackson Lake, has risen in prominence under his leadership.
"The station has become an incredibly active and productive facility, providing lodging and logistical support for a variety of research groups working in northwest Wyoming on projects critical to managing and conserving the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem," wrote Scott Seville, professor of zoology and physiology, and associate dean of UW's Outreach School. "During his tenure, what was once a sleepy, comfortable and little known summer retreat for a select group of scientists, has become an active, bustling research facility."
Harlow, who lives at the center for four to five months each year, works with a small staff to maintain the facilities while assisting the visiting researchers and doing research of his own.
"Hank somehow manages to pilot the station through the hectic summer research season while simultaneously maintaining his own research program at an extremely high level," wrote Daniel Tinker, associate professor in UW's Department of Botany. "Indeed, some of his best and most notable scientific work has been done over the past 10 years -- truly remarkable for someone trying to appease dozens of needy researchers every day for four months of the year."
As part of his work at the research center, Harlow has organized a weekly seminar series that draws from several dozen to as many as 175 people one evening each week throughout the summer.
Harlow earned a bachelor's degree in biology (1966) and a master's degree in physiology (1973) from California State University-Fullerton. He received his doctorate in physiology at UW in 1979.
Professor Hank Harlow, here with a tranquilized polar bear in the Arctic, is the recipient of the 2012 George Duke Humphrey Distinguished Faculty Award.