The Red Desert: Among Dead Volcanoes and Living Dunes Presenters
Gary P. Beauvais
Dr. Gary P. Beauvais is the Director of the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database, a
service and research unit of the University of Wyoming and member of the Natural Heritage
Network. He has researched the vertebrate wildlife of Wyoming and surrounding states
for 18 years, focusing primarily on biogeography, habitat use, and conservation. Most
recently Dr. Beauvais has established a program of producing predictive distribution
models and maps for several vertebrates of conservation concern in Wyoming and the
region. He earned a B.A. in Biology (1990) from Colorado College and a Ph.D. in Zoology
and Physiology (1997) from the University of Wyoming.
Melinda Harm Benson
Mindy works at the University of Wyoming’s Ruckelshaus Institute and Haub School of
Environment and Natural Resources. The Ruckelshaus Institute is a partnership among
UW faculty and students; a prominent advisory board composed of leaders from business,
industry, environmental organizations, education and government; and the resources
and outreach activities of the University. The Institute's mission is to advance effective
decision-making on environmental and natural resource issues through research, policy
analysis, education, process support, and proactive outreach. Mindy provides a legal
perspective to the Institute’s work and teaches undergraduates environmental law and
policy. Mindy graduated summa cum laude from the University of Idaho College of Law
in 1998. After law school, she served as law clerk for Judge Stephen Trott on the
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and was the Natural Resources Law Fellow at Lewis in
Clark College of Law in 2002. As a litigator, Mindy represented conservation groups
in natural resources cases in the Intermountain West.
Dr. Ken Driese is a research scientist at the Wyoming Geographic Information Science
Center (WyGISC) where he manages the remote sensing program and teaches remote sensing
courses. Born in Virginia, he moved to Wyoming in 1981 and has spent the years since
then exploring and mapping the state. He lives in Laramie.
Dr. Ferguson is a field-based structural geologist with an extensive background in
volcanology, sedimentology, and stratigraphy. Interpreting the structural and eruptive
history of volcanic fields throughout the southwest has become a specialty by default.
Ferguson’s love for field geology started at the University of Kansas where he earned
a Bachelor’s degree in 1981.
Ferguson’s most recent project, an essay on the geology of Wyoming’s Red Desert, led
him into an unexpected line of research regarding the Plio-Pleistocene geomorphic
history of southwestern Wyoming. The research ties in with recent work by colleagues
Jon Spencer, Kyle House, and Phil Pearthree involving evolution of the Colorado River
and formation of the Grand Canyon. The Wyoming research may provide an important missing
link to the story of how the Colorado River suddenly and rapidly incised the Grand
Canyon approximately 5 million years ago.B. Ronald Frost
B. Ronald Frost is Professor of Geology as the University of Wyoming. He received
his BA. from University of VIrginia in 1969 and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington
in 1973. He has been on the faculty of the University of Wyoming since 1978.
A. Dudley Gardner
A. Dudley Gardner (Ph.D History, University of New Mexico, 2000; M.A. History, Colorado
State University, 1980) is an anthropologist, historian, expert field researcher,
and teacher. He is renowned for his knowledge of 18th and 19th century non-native
desert populations: trappers, overland settlers, Chinese railroad laborers, Japanese
detainees, and boomtown gas drillers
Rod Garnett teaches classes in world music and flute at the University of Wyoming.
He currently performs extensively at the University, regionally with classical guitarist
Alex Komodore, nationally with the Irish Folk Ensemble Colcannon, and at the Boxwood
Festival in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. In addition to teaching at the University of Wyoming
he is coordinator and assistant instructor for the Wyoming Gamelan Chandra Wyoga and
Sikuris de Wyoming, and is a teacher and assistant for the Boxwood Festival.
Garnett studied flute with Karen Yonovitz, Larry Jordan, Geoffrey Gilbert, and Thomas
Nyfenger. He has worked extensively as a free-lance musician in orchestras, jazz and
chamber music ensembles, and recording studios.
In addition to his duties in the Department of Music Garnett is currently pursuing
a PhD in the UW Department of Anthropology. The past several years he has worked in
Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Slovakia, Moldova, and the Czech Republic, studying and
documenting traditional flutes and music.
Rod Garnett is a recipient of the Wyoming Governor’s Arts Award.
H. L. Hix
H. L. Hix teaches in and directs the creative writing MFA at the University of Wyoming.
His latest poetry collection, Chromatic, was a finalist for the National Book Award,
and his other recent books include a collection of essays on poetry entitled As Easy
As Lying, and an anthology, Wild and Whirling Words.Robert L. Kelly
Robert L. Kelly (Ph.D., U Michigan, 1985) is Professor and Head of Anthropology at
the University of Wyoming. He is a past-President of the Society for American Archaeology
and past secretary of the Archaeology Division of the American Anthropological Association.
He has authored over 100 books, monographs, articles, and reviews, including The Foraging
Spectrum (Smithsonian Institution Press) and, with David Hurst Thomas, the textbooks
Archaeology and Archaeology: Down to Earth (Wadsworth). He has worked on the archaeology,
ethnology, and ethnography of hunting and gathering peoples since 1973; he has conducted
archaeological research throughout the western US and ethnographic work on Madagascar.
He is currently researching the initial Pleistocene colonization of the New World
through the study of use of caves and rockshelters in northern Wyoming.
Karen King (BA University of Colorado, MS NOVA University) is an independent consultant
working with education, social service and environmental programs serving Native American
communities. She has lived on and worked with the Wind River Indian Reservation community
for over 30 years, grew up on the Navajo and Hopi Reservations and Boulder, CO, directed
a Head Start program located in 33 Alaskan Native communities and was the National
Training/Technical Assistance Network Director serving 178 Indian Head Start grantees.
The Red Desert is her back yard for horse-tripping, hiking, camping and peace-seeking.
She writes songs, novels and screenplays for therapy.
Frieda Knobloch has lived in Wyoming and taught in the American Studies program at
UW since 1997. She is author most recently of Botanical Companions: A Memoir of Plants
and Place (University of Iowa, 2005), a study of UW botanists Aven and Ruth Nelson.
The Red Desert, and small towns of western Wyoming, along with Laramie, are her youngest
daughter’s regular stomping grounds. Knobloch is currently working on a book about
the desert’s cultural and environmental history.
Ms. Lillegraven wanted more than anything to paint the great open landscapes of the
West. She has devoted her time to painting landscapes since 1987.
She was awarded residencies at the Ucross Foundation in 1988, at Rocky Mountain National
Park in 1994, and at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in 2001. She won the Grand
Prize in the Arts for the Parks Competition in 2000. Her work was featured in articles
in Southwest Art (1997) and Art of the West (1998). She has created commissioned works
for the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, United Medical Center West in Cheyenne, Wyoming,
and the Casper Events Center, in Casper, Wyoming. She is represented by Big Horn Galleries,
Cody Wyoming, and Tubac, Arizona; Kneeland Gallery, Sun Valley Idaho; and Wild Horse
Gallery in Steamboat Springs Colorado.
Jeffrey A. Lockwood
Dr. Lockwood is a Professor of Natural Sciences and Humanities whose academic appointment
is split between the Department of Philosophy and the MFA Program in Creative Writing.
He worked at the University of Wyoming for 20 years in the field of entomology, specializing
in grasshopper and locust ecology and management. A few years ago he began a metamorphosis
which has now formally taken him into research, creative work, and teaching in the
fields of the philosophy of ecology, natural resource and environmental ethics, and
nature and spiritual/religious writing (along with the first-ever writer's course
in "Interstellar Message Composition" through a NASA-funded collaboration with the
Institute dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence). He has published
more than 100 scientific and technical papers, and his popular writing has been recognized
with the John Burroughs Award, a Pushcart Prize, and inclusion in the Best American
Science & Nature Writing anthology
Born on a Friday the 13th in Montgomery, Alabama. The oldest of 10 children, 7 girls,
3 boys. Dad was a welder, jobs were not easy to come by, so we traveled. In the 50s
we moved for good to Texas.
My husband, Melvin and 2 of our 4 sons came to Rock Springs, Wyoming in 1974, where
Melvin was a pipe fitter at Jim Bridger power plant. It was there that we found the
In 1976 we moved to Crook County, Wyoming where our sons finished high school in Moorcroft,
Wyoming. In 1988 we bought a house in Casper and started a move that took a couple
April, 1994 came news that there were environmental problems with the North Casper
area where we lived. This moved into problems with the Old Amoco Refinery. Melvin
and I have worked on this problem since
Sharon A. Long
Sharon Long is one of a handful of facial reconstruction experts in the world. She
has earned the enthusiastic respect and admiration of many noted forensic anthropologists,
law enforcement officials, museums and educational institutions in the nation. She
works mostly in collaboration with scientists at the Smithsonian Institution and has
completed reconstructions on human skulls commissioned by many national/state agencies,
law enforcement agencies and museums around the country. Her work has been featured
in various international magazines, scientific publications and most major newspapers
in the U.S. during the past 10 years. She has also been featured in documentaries
for the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Ultimate Explorer TV, History Channel,
NOVA and PBS programs and will be seen on “America Most Wanted” Nov 2007.A Native
of Wyoming, Long received her education in Sculpturing and Anthropology at the University
of Wyoming. Her work has enabled her to accompany anthropologists to Easter Island,
Chili as well as Jamestown Fort, Virginia in recent years and be involved with various
fascinating historic and prehistoric excavations around the world. She has also taught
workshops and given many public presentations and slide shows about her work to civic
organizations, educational institutions, museums and law enforcement agencies around
the country and in Wyoming for the past fourteen years.
Sharon first makes a mold and than a cast of the original skull to reconstruct the
face on the cast after researching the time period of the subject. Another mold and
cast is made of the completed facial reconstruction which is then painted, glass eyes
and hair added for a realistic appearance. The process is a combination of science
and artistic ability to produce the final product.
Some projects are: the Civil War Hunley Submarine crew of 8 men, 2 skulls from the
1607 Jamestown Fort in VA, Sgt. Floyd of the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803, Lord
Calvert’s wife from the 1500’s period, Spirit Cave Man who was a 10,000 BP mummy,
a 10,000 year old female skull from Jordon, a 300-400 year old Philippine mummy skull,
a Latte Period 1,500 year old skull from Saipan in the Marianna Islands, skulls from
Easter Island, skulls from Peru, various Native American skulls and others too numerous
Moffett grew up in Santa Fe, N.M. I studied philosophy, psychology, and math at New
Mexico State University and did my Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Colorado,
Boulder. My research specialties are Metaphysics and Epistemology (including the philosophy
of language and logic), but I have a long-standing interest in environmental ethics
and aesthetics. Personally, I am a lifelong outdoor enthusiast, bow hunter and conservationist.Erik
Erik Molvar is the Wildlife Biologist with Biodiversity Conservation Alliance, a nonprofit
conservation group that works to protect wildlife and wildlands in Wyoming and surrounding
states. BCA's work includes science-based advocacy for wildlife protection in the
Red Desert, as well as field inventories of about three-quarters of a million acres
of Red Desert potential wilderness. Erik is also the author of Wild Wyoming, which
covers the Red Desert, as well as 15 other wilderness guidebooks that span the American
Joy Owen works for wildlife enthusiasts, hunters and anglers through the Wyoming Wildlife
Federation. She aims to protect and enhance habitat, to perpetuate quality hunting
and fishing, to protect citizens’ right to use public lands and waters, and to promote
ethical hunting and fishing. Born in Iowa, Joy moved to Wyoming in 2000 to continue
her education at the University of Wyoming. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Environment
and Natural Resources as well as Political Science. She now lives in Lander, Wyoming.
Annie Proulx (B.A. cum laude 1969, University of Vermont; M.A. Sir George Williams
University, Montreal; doctoral orals passed; three honorary doctorates 1994-2000)
is a Wyoming writer, Pulitzer prize-winning author, and intrepid researcher. She is
the editor and historian for the forthcoming publication on the Red Desert (University
of Texas Press; 2008)
Bryce R. Reece
Bryce R. Reece joined the Wyoming Wool Growers Association as Executive Director in
1993. Mr. Reece is the third generation from his family to be actively involved in
Wyoming agriculture. He has been deeply involved in the sheep industry in his current
position for the last 14 years. Prior to that, he was the manager of the Wyoming Lamb
Marketing Project, a project funded by the Wyoming State Legislature and conducted
by the Wyoming Wool Growers Association in conjunction with Southdown Meats in Pennsylvania.
Mr. Reece is a graduate of Riverton (WY) High School and the University of Wyoming.
His educational background is in animal science (B.S. Animal Science, ‘82) and returned
to UW where he completed graduate course work in reproductive physiology. He has a
background in animal breeding and genetics and has been involved in a reproduction
management company that utilized ultrasound technology for pregnancy diagnosis in
sheep as well as scanning of rib eyes for ram selection. He is also a trained embryo
transfer technician. Additionally, he owned and operated two retail agri-businesses
prior to joining the WWGA
William A. Reiners
Bill Reiners has been a Professor in the Botany Department at UW since 1983. He has
been primarily interested in ecosystems processes, especially as they vary over space
and time, and as they involve the spatial propagation of cause and effect in the environment.
He has practiced ecology in many environments ranging from temperate and tropical
rain forests, deciduous and subalpine coniferous forests of northeastern U.S., and
the alpine tundra and sagebrush steppes of Wyoming
Martin Stupich has been documenting the cultural landscape since 1975. Projects have
included the architectural transformation of Atlanta and the construction of its subway
system (MARTA), one of the largest public works projects in the post-Reconstruction
South; space launch complexes at Cape Canaveral; Vandenberg Air Force Base’s Peacekeeper
Missile silos; US military installations in Panama’s Former Canal Zone; rephotographing
nineteenth century mining landscape panoramas in the Great Basin; and the Cham Temple
in central Vietnam. He was also one of twelve photographers conducting individual
projects the Water in the West Project. His work on this project is archived at the
Center for Contemporary Photography at the University of Arizona.
Stupich is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nevada
Council for the Arts, The Nevada State Museum, Massachusetts Council for the Arts,
and the Boston Center for Architecture. His work is collected and exhibited in museums,
galleries and public archives in twenty-two states, in Europe, South America and Asia
Russel Tanner is a retired U.S. Department of the Interior archaeologist and historian
who has spent over 30 years studying the anthropology and history of southwestern
Wyoming. He recently founded Kyak Marook Heritage Research, LLC a small organization
of scholars dedicated to understanding the connections that exist between indigenous
peoples and natural environments. He has degrees in anthropology and American studies
from the University of Wyoming
Margaret Wilson is an assistant professor in Theatre & Dance, where she specializes
in teaching modern dance, kinesiology and vertical dance. Her choreographic interests
follow biographical studies, including ….the body through which the dream flows… (spring
2007) which explored the creative spirit in women across disciplines and through time.
She and her partner, Neil Humphrey, present an annual performance of vertical dance
at the Vedauwoo Recreation Area. Margaret is very interested in the interface between
art and science and understanding the common threads which link all disciplines. She
is the co-organizer of a campus conference on multidisciplinary study entitled Revisioning
the (W)hole: Among Poets, Philosophers, and Physicists scheduled for September 26-27,
2007 at the University of Wyoming.