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University of Wyoming - National Park Service

2016 UW NPS Small Grant RFP is now online!


Every year UW NPS awards up to 12 $5,000 small grants for research in the Greater Yellowstone Area.  The RFP has a list of suggested research topics from Art history to Soundscapes but if you have a research idea and well written proposal please consider sending it our way.  These grants are perfect for Graduate Students and are designed for a one year project. Please click here for more information.

Congratulations to the 2015 Small Grant Research Awardees

Photo by Proscholdt

We had a stellar group of proposals this year and thank everyone who submitted.

Awardees are:

Mark Anderson "Assessing alpine aquatic invertebrate assemblages in GTNP WY"

Mark Abbott "A high-resolution geophysical survey of Jenny Lake: using lake sediments to construct a continuous record of tectonic activity, fault rupture and earthquake-driven slope failures at GTNP"

Bill Gribb and Hank Harlow "River Reach Delineations and Beaver Movement in GTNP"

Lisa Kunza "Examining ecological influence and distribution of Didymosphenia geminata in GTNP"

Hayley Lanier  "Small mammal movements and fire history: testing the long-term effects of the 1988 Huckleberry Mountain Fire"

Carl Legeleiter  "Mapping channel change and habitat dynamics along the Snake River from a time series of remotely sensed data"

Frank Matero "Performance Assessment and Evaluation of Hydrophobic and UV protective treatment for historic log structures"

Marcia Peterson  "GTNP Table Mountain Ice Patch Archeological Survey"

Lynn Resler "Assessing Functional Role and Community Dynamics of Whitebark Pine at Alpine Treeline, GTNP"

Adam Sepulveda  "Invasive American bullfrog impacts and spread in GTNP"

Derrick Taff and Lauren Abbot "Exporling Vertical Wilderness in the Acousitc environment"

 Glenn Thackray "Detailed Evaluation of the Teton Fault, using LiDAR and geophysical techniques"

Congrats and good luck with your summer research!

 Brandon Overstreet

Brandon Overstreet (University of Wyoming) on the Snake River.

Congrats to Brandon who was recently quoted in the New York Times  about research he is doing in Greenland.  And we can say 'we knew him when...'

UW-NPS Research Station prides itself on the level of award winning research conducted by the people who stay with us.  From Art History to Zoology we have researchers who use the facilities to better understand the Greater Yellowstone Area.  The station has housing, Internet access, meeting rooms and equipment for researchers and at a price that is hard to beat.  Contact us for more information.

UW NPS Annual Report is now online!

The University of Wyoming is working on bringing all the annual reports (starting in the 1960's) online.  You can find them at

Amy and Ms Iris

UW NPS Research begins early!

Who needs a degree when both your folks are professors? 

UW Associate Research Scientist Amy Krist (and her daughter), University of Penn State Altoona Associate Professor Ed Levri, UW Ph.D. student Michele Larson, and UW undergraduate student and EPSCoR fellow Daniel Greenwood, teamed up at the UW-NPS research station in summer 2014 to address questions about the impacts of the invasive New Zealand mud snail on native snails. 

Congratulations to 2014 recipients of the University of Wyoming - National Park Service Small grants

  • Dr. Diane Debinski. Iowa State University. "Simulating expected changes in pollinator resources as a function of climate change"
  • Dr. Aida Farag & Dr. Annika Walters. USGS. "Temperature regime, water quality, and the potential distribution of aquatic invasive/exotic species in GTNP"
  • Dr. William Gribb. University of Wyoming. "Water flow and beaver habitat in GTNP: Adaptation to climate"
  • Dr. Mathew Kauffman. University of Wyoming. "The state-dependent metabolic hypothesis: Implications for the foraging ecology and life history of migratory ungulates in the GYE"
  • Dr. Hayley Lanier. University of Wyoming - Casper. "Long-term community responses to the 1988 Huckleberry Mountain fire"
  • Dr. Carl Legliter. University of Wyoming. "Effects of floodplain constriction by levees on a high-energy gravel-bed river: Snake River, Wyoming"
  • Dr. Kendra McLaughlen. Kansas State University. "Dendrochronological assessment of whitebark pine response to past climate change: Implications for a threatened species in GTNP"
  • Dr. Laura Schriber Laura. Indiana University. "Archaeology and social geography in the Sunlight Basin, WY"
  • Dr. Mathew Stern. Jackson Hole Museum. "Teton archaeological project"
  • Dr. Jared Strasburg. University of Minnesota-Duluth. "Estimating population demographics of moose in northern YNP using non-invasive methods"
  • Dr. Glenn Thackray. "Near-surface geometric evaluation of the Teton Fault, GTNP, WY, for earthquake hazards analysis"
  • Dr. Daniel Tinker. University of Wyoming. "Evaluating the effects of projected climate change on forest fire susceptibility using a novel forest fuel moisture model"

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