Summer 2019 Opportunities

Western Research Fellowship

The Western Research Fellowship (WRF) is awarded annually to applicants interested in issues pertinent to land management in the Rocky Mountain West. Ideal proposals target high-impact biophysical or social questions with management implications for private land management. In addition to a financial award, fellows are given access to a broad network of partner organizations and properties, as well as technical, logistical and publication support upon returning to campus in Fall 2019.

Read more about past fellows work: 2018 | 2017 | 2016.

You can download the application now. Applications are due Thursday, March 7th, 2019.

Big Sandy Lake, Wind River Range

Ranch Crew

Ranch Crew is a two-week rangeland practicum in summer held across the state of Wyoming. Divided into two sections, Ranch Crew provides crewmembers with an intensive field course in rangeland ecology and ranch management before sending them out to complete a rapid assessment on a working ranch.

The 2017 Ranch Crew (4 Yale students, 4 Wyoming students) completed a rapid assessment of Currant Creek Ranch, a 90,000+ acre ranch in Sweetwater, Wyoming. The rapid assessment was done in coordination with Currant Creek Ranch, Trout Unlimited, and Wyoming Game and Fish.

In 2018, the team completed a rapid assessment on three ranches in northern Wyoming in collaboration with NRCS, Wyoming Game And Fish, Plank Stewardship Inititaive, Sheridan College, and University of Wyoming. The 2018 crew looked at the effects of a 2017 late-summer rangeland fire (>100,000 acres) on species composition – specifically the ratio of perennial to annual grass. Management implications include forage quality/quantity for livestock, sage grouse habitat, and fire resilience.

Ranch Crew is an ongoing collaboration between Sheridan College, University of Wyoming, F&ES, Plank Stewardship Initiative, and the Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative.

Read more about Ranch Crew.

Here is the application. Applications are due Friday, February 22nd, 2019.

Ranch Crew 2017 in Sheridan, Wyoming.

The Rangeland Exchange

The Rangeland Exchange is a 10 to 12 week summer opportunity for a returning Masters or Doctoral F&ES student to live and do research in two rangeland communities: in Panama and the western United States. During your time in each place, you will learn about rangeland management, build relationships with community members, and contribute to innovative field-based research that addresses community needs. Potential research questions include:

– Understanding the rural-urban migration of young people in ranching communities
– Building sustainable business models for ranching
– Increasing ecosystem service integrity through land management practices
– Students are also welcome to propose other projects based on their own interests and expertise.

This opportunity is a collaboration between UHPSI and the Environmental Leadership Training Initiative (ELTI). Our program description is now online.

Please send an e-mail by January 18, 2019 to Sabrina Szeto, Jacob Slusser, and Karin Bucht if you are interested in the program to set up an initial meeting.

A ranch in the Azueros peninsula, Panama.