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Harold L. Bergman
Dept. 3166
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-4227
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Environmental Governance and Management Topic of AMK Ranch Talk Aug. 6

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Tanja Borzel, a professor of political science and chair for European Integration at Berlin’s Freie University, will speak Thursday, Aug. 6, at 6:30 p.m. as part of the weekly Harlow Summer Seminars at the UW-National Park Service Research Center. (Tanja Borzel Photo)

July 31, 2015 — Leaders and laggards in environmental governance and management are the topics of discussion during the weekly Harlow Summer Seminars Thursday, Aug. 6, at the University of Wyoming-National Park Service (UW-NPS) Research Center. The center is located at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

Tanja Borzel will present “On Leaders and Laggards in Environmental Governance and Management: The Case Study of the European Union” 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. For more information, call the UW-NPS Research Center at (307) 543-2463.

Borzel, a professor of political science and chair for European Integration at Berlin’s Freie University, will use the case of the European Union to challenge the view that Western industrialized democracies are leaders in protecting and managing the environment, while developing countries and emerging economies lag behind.

The richer member states have tailored European environmental laws to their economic interests and environmental problems, Borzel says. The poorer countries in Southern and Eastern Europe face the challenge of implementing laws that disadvantage their economies in the Single European Market, strain their limited administrative capacities and do not address their most pressing environmental problems.

She will conclude her talk by discussing, to what extent, the politics of environmental leaders and laggards apply at the global level, and how Europe’s model fits with environmental trends in the United States.

Borzel’s research focus and teaching experience are in the fields of institutional theory and governance, European integration, and comparative politics with a focus on Western and Southern Europe.



University of Wyoming – National Park Service Harlow Summer Seminars at the AMK Ranch


June 18th Mark Elbroch of Pantera's Teton Cougar Project is talking about Altruism in mountain lions.

June 25 Diana Miller of Wyoming Game and Fish Department (Jackson) will talk about the history of fisheries management in the western US with notes on the Hoback River and Jackson Lake.

July 2 Tom Serfass and Kelly Pearce, Frostburg State University and University of Maryland; River otters as flagships for aquatic conservation: Why this approach doesn't fit the North American model of wildlife conservation.

July 9  Joe Riis, National Geographic; Invisible Boundaries,: The Greater Yellowstone elk migration project

July 16  Hank Harlow; University of Wyoming; Biomimicry, what we can learn from animal living in stressful enfiroments: Lions, dragons abears and other critters

July 23 Bob Smith, University of Utah; Immense magma reserviour discovered beneath Yellowstone extending well beyond its caldera

July 30 Sarah Benson-Amram, University of Wyoming; The evolution of problem-solving abilities in carnivores: From badgers and bears to snow leopards and spotted hyenas

August 6 Tanja A. Borzel, Freie Universitat, Berlin; On leaders and laggards in environmental governance and management; The case of the European Union

August 13 Mary Central, Cornell University and Jackson, WY; Reading BEE-tween the lines: Honey bees, colony collapse disorder, and the importance of wild bees to agriculture

August 20 John Stephenson, Grand Teton National Park; Greater Sage-Grouse conservation in Jackson Hole

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The Station is open!

The station is open and the word is out.  We have classes (Like Michael Leite's class above) on their way and ready to explore the Greater Yellowstone Area.  Classes, Conferences, Seminars and Interns... it is a busy place this year.  Look for the seminar schedules soon.


Harold Bergman and crew would like to welcome you to the UW-NPS research station located beside Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park. The station is a perfect place to base for your research in the Greater Yellowstone Area.

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!

2015 Small Grants RFP

Congratulations to the Researchers who were awarded the small grants for 2015.  This year we had 31 great proposals submitted from across America with research from soundscapes to historic preservation.  It was a tough time deciding how to allocate our funds.  Thanks to all who submitted and good luck with your 2015 research season.  For more information see our research page.

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 open for researchers. Additionally we will be hosting our popular seminar series starting in June please visit our News page for more information.

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