Emilene Ostlind | Editor, Western Confluence Magazine | Research Scientist, Ruckelshaus Institute

As editor and research scientist for the Ruckelshaus Institute, I create communication pieces to share complex science, policy, and human perspectives with a broad audience seeking understanding and resolution for environment and natural resources challenges.

I am the editor of Western Confluence magazine, which moves scholarship relevant to natural resource science and management from academic institutions and the peer-reviewed literature to a broad, engaged audience through compelling, character-driven storytelling. In my role at the Ruckelshaus Institute, I also tackle a range of science communication projects from creating research briefs and producing short films to editing books and more. I have written extensively about western communities and the environmental challenges that affect them as a journalist for High Country News, WyoFile, and Wyoming Wildlife magazine. My graduate work entailed following an 80-mile-long pronghorn antelope migration on foot across western Wyoming to share that story. I hold an MFA in creative nonfiction writing with environment and natural resources from the University of Wyoming.

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Role(s) in WySCI: Professional Development Committee – seeking information and ideas about how members of WySCI can gain science communication tools and skills

Contact me about: My expertise is in science and environmental journalism, storytelling, and documentary film production. I am happy to share my experiences in these fields. As editor of Western Confluence magazine, I’m always on the lookout for compelling, relevant material that could become an article in our publication. I have given public talks about science and environmental writing and journalism.

Contact: emilene [AT] uwyo.eduuwyo.edu/haub | (307) 766-2604 | Bim Kendall House, Rm 108




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