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Giving Day

Giving Day 2018

Dear Friends,


I’m writing you to thank you for all your steadfast support through the years! Similar to last year the University of Wyoming will be hosting “a giving day”. It’s an annual tradition that coincides with Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving that follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday where after addressing one’s own needs they can turn around and share with others. The #UWGivingDay website is It will go live on that day only (Nov 27), and all gifts on that day will be counted towards the Giving Day total.

Our efforts to recruit new faculty were extremely successful! We were happy to welcome a new sensory biologist, Dr. Yun Li, an aquatic ecologist, Dr. Sarah Collins, an avian ecologist, Dr. Patrick Kelly, and a movement ecologist, Dr. Jerod Merkle. All four are bringing with them new and exciting research programs, which strengthen our portfolio. In addition, we were joined by two trailing spouses, Dr. Willie Fetzer (fish biologist) and Bethann Merkel (science communication specialist), that we hope to permanently integrate into the department. And to top it off, we were just approved to search for another sensory biologist/physiologist whom we hope will become part of our physiology undergraduate degree. The financial support for these new and exciting positions was obtained through a mix of university funds, grant money, and private donations. Yes, support from our generous donors has helped us succeed in the past and will help us going forward!

As in previous years, our faculty continue to excel as researchers and teachers. A few highlights include several Science and Nature publications from Drs. Jake Goheen and Matt Kauffman’s labs, a fabulous Ornithology textbook co-edited by Dr. Jonathan Prather, and of-course the Migration Atlas produced by the Wyoming Migration Initiative and the Biodiversity Institute (for sale at Amazon and other bookstores). We continue to mentor close to 500 undergraduate and 80 graduate students. Many of our current graduate students are supported by prestigious graduate fellowships (5 NSF and 2 NASA), and many publish high-quality papers in leading journals (eLife, PNAS, Science, etc.). Also, with your contributions we were able to provide additional fellowships and travel grants to many of our outstanding students!

Please know that gifts of any size make a huge difference for our students and faculty. Indeed, we couldn’t achieve our goals without you!  Don’t hesitate to email or call if you have questions.

Happy Holidays


Merav Ben-David

Professor and department head

Department of Zoology and Physiology


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Laramie, WY 82071

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