August 23, 2018

2018 Western Research Fellows

Expect a new and revamped Western Resources Fellowship for Summer 2019! We will be providing funding and advice for projects focused on land stewardship and conservation in the American West. For more information or to discuss project ideas, please book an appointment with Michelle Downey.

From 2016 to 2018, the Western Resources Fellowship (WRF) was awarded annually to applicants interested in issues pertinent to land management in the Rocky Mountain West. Ideal proposals targeted high-impact biophysical or social questions with management implications for private land management. In addition to a financial award, fellows were given access to a broad network of partner organizations and properties, as well as technical, logistical and publication support upon returning to campus in the fall.

The 2018 Western Research Fellows gathering at TNC’s Tensleep Preserve in central Wyoming..

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.

WRF 2018 Blog Posts Here

Find out more about our 2017 and 2016 WRF cohorts.

2018 Tensleep Preserve WRF Retreat Information

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