The Western Research Fellowship (WRF) is awarded annually to applicants interested in issues pertinent to land management in the Mountain West. Ideal proposals target high-impact biophysical or social questions with management implications for land management in the West. In addition to a financial award, fellows are given access to a broad network of partner organizations and properties across the mountain west, as well as technical, logistical, and publication support.
We’re pleased to announce the 2018 Western Research Fellows! These eight students are working on a variety of issues related to land and water stewardship across the Western US during the summer of 2018. We will gather bi-weekly during the Fall 2018 semester to learn new skills, give peer-feedback, and, through that process, polish final products.
Our 2018 Western Research Fellows:
Brendan Boepple | Strategic conservation planning for a small land trust in southern Colorado | Del Norte, Colorado
Elle Brunsdale | Water in Colorado | West Slope, Colorado
Jesse Bryant | Social, economic, and environmental impact of the transient rock climbing community in the Ten Sleep area of Wyoming | Tensleep, WY
Franklin Eccher | Social and political underpinnings of cutthroat trout conservation in the West | Tensleep, WY
Josh Perez-Cruet | Effects of canyon sink systems on macro-invertebrate population dynamics in central Wyoming | Tensleep, WY
Natalie Irwin | Building a rugged, field-portable, soil dryer | New Haven, CT
Selia DeLeon | Building a rugged, field-portable, soil dryer | New Haven, CT
Samantha Maher | Modeling trumpeter swan habitat in western Wyoming | Lander, WY, Jackson, WY, and New Haven, CT