The Science of Snowmelt: An Interactive Story Map – Taylor Ganz

Check out this interactive story map about the exciting research done by Taylor Ganz, 2016 Western Research Fellow and graduating MESc student from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She traveled to the high peaks of the Wind River Range, WY to study how air pollution is stored in snowmelt and delivered to Read more about The Science of Snowmelt: An Interactive Story Map – Taylor Ganz[…]

Curiosity and Trust – Josh Morse

At the end of the day, I’m an introvert. Perhaps predictably, as I was gearing up to begin this summer’s exceedingly interpersonal field season a few months ago, I found myself getting anxious. I am quite by nature, a New Englander, a liberal, and someone more comfortable with banding birds than branding cattle. A core Read more about Curiosity and Trust – Josh Morse[…]

Sampling Soil across Wyoming Landscapes – Dan Kane

Thirteen days and nearly 600 soil samples later, we’re back from our last trip to Wyoming. The trip was a huge success! We started at Ten Sleep Preserve, where I left off earlier in July, taking three days there to sample an area of the preserve that is still grazed by cattle. I was struck Read more about Sampling Soil across Wyoming Landscapes – Dan Kane[…]

Restoring Ranches with Beartooth Capital Partners- Jay Chancellor

As I wrap up my research with Beartooth Capital Partners in Bozeman, Montana, I want to take a moment to reflect on all of the incredible experiences and insights this summer has provided. Beartooth operates with a small but efficient team of just seven people out of an office building in downtown Bozeman. The company Read more about Restoring Ranches with Beartooth Capital Partners- Jay Chancellor[…]

The grass-fed challenge – Lucyann Murray

For those who are familiar with the beef industry, grass-fed and finished beef seems like a no-brainer. Healthier cows, healthier grasslands, healthier people, higher prices… so what’s stopping every rancher from transitioning to grass-finished beef? This is the daunting question I have elected to take on this summer. I think I have the answer then Read more about The grass-fed challenge – Lucyann Murray[…]

8/1/16 – Dan Kane

Hello from Wyoming! Two weeks ago, I spent four days collecting soil samples at the Tensleep Preserve after the rest of the Western Research Fellows departed from our retreat. Tensleep Preserve is a beautiful property owned by The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming that used to be a Girl Scouts Camp. Since acquiring it, The Nature Read more about 8/1/16 – Dan Kane[…]

6/27/16 – Josh Morse

“Be prepared to do a lot of listening”. I’ve gotten this line of advice from every friend, colleague, and mentor who has heard about my work this summer mapping the social, political, and economic context behind the effort to study and conserve the longest big game migration in the lower 48. This reminder of the Read more about 6/27/16 – Josh Morse[…]

“Where there’s just enough civilization” – Sara Rose

  Greetings from Pinedale, Wyoming! “Where there’s just enough civilization,” reads the sign at the entrance to town. Now, I don’t know quite what that means, but I do know there’s just enough mountains, people, cows and water for me to feel at home. I’ve taken to dipping my toes in Pine Creek at least Read more about “Where there’s just enough civilization” – Sara Rose[…]

Update from the field – Becca Shively

  Greetings from the Pacific Northwest!   Unbelievably I’m now into my 6th week working with the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition (RVCC), based out of Portland. Our small team coordinates a large network of community-based partners throughout the West (80+ entities) who work at the intersection of public lands, natural resource management and economic Read more about Update from the field – Becca Shively[…]

Out of the Mountains – Taylor Ganz

  Well, we did it! With much better weather for our second attempt, Grace, Conor and I were able to settle in at our Clear Lake basecamp to focus on sampling at Deep Lake. Now we are all safely back out of the mountains and (speaking for myself at least) ready to dry out, warm Read more about Out of the Mountains – Taylor Ganz[…]

Grass Fed Beef Explorations – Lucyann Murray

Hello from Portland, OR – pretentious foodie capital of the world! Paleo, gluten free, local, grass-fed, heritage, etc. are plastered all over restaurants and food carts. I love it. I’m out here working for a timber investment management organization and building a business plan for mobile slaughter on Boot Ranch. The primary focus of my Read more about Grass Fed Beef Explorations – Lucyann Murray[…]

Snow in the Mountains – Taylor Ganz

Time for another project update. As most of you know Grace and I came out of the mountains last Thursday for a few days as conditions in the Wind River Range did not allow us to collect good data for our research project. In our first week we successfully installed a base camp at Clear Read more about Snow in the Mountains – Taylor Ganz[…]

WRF Update from the Field – Taylor Ganz

Hi Everyone! I wanted to write and give an update on the research project to those of you who have expressed interest in keeping up to date on our progress. Grace (my research assistant) and I made it to Lander, WY last Thursday night after 3 long days of driving west from New Haven. Since Read more about WRF Update from the Field – Taylor Ganz[…]

Request for Proposals – Western Research Fellowship

Proposal Deadline – Monday, March 7, 2016 Information Session – Monday, February 15, 2016 | 4 pm | Sage 8a Open Office Hours for Proposal Advice: Tuesdays 2-5 pm | Sage 8a Western Research Fellows The Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative (UHPSI) invites students to apply for research fellowships for the 2016 summer field season. Read more about Request for Proposals – Western Research Fellowship[…]