Wildlife-Friendly Ranching in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Rory Jacobson and Anna-Sophia Haub are working with partners at the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, and the University of Pittsburgh to study ranchers’ perspectives on conservation and wildlife management in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. To understand the economic, social, and cultural drivers behind these perceptions and management strategies, they are conducting formal qualitative interviews with experts, ranchers, and beef certifiers. This work will yield a clearer understanding of potential opportunities to support ranchers in converting to management strategies more consistent with wildlife conservation objectives. Ultimately, these interviews could help to develop incentive or support programs intended to encourage ranchers to better conserve wildlife on their lands.

Collaborators

Greater Yellowstone Coalition| Website

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies | Website

University of Pittsburgh | Website

Project Deliverable

Coming Soon

Student Researchers

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Rory Jacobson, Research Assistant | Rory Jacobson is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Before attending Yale FES, he worked as a Senior Policy Adviser at a nonprofit dedicated to developing policies to incentivize carbon storage in agricultural lands and rangelands. At UHPS, Rory is working with partners at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition to develop a financial model to incentivize ranchers to reduce their operations’ impacts on wildlife. Rory holds Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. See what Rory has been up to.  |  Blog

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Anna-Sophia Haub, Research Assistant|Anna-Sophia Haub is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies specializing in Business & the Environment and Industrial Ecology. She is focusing on sustainable, circular, and restorative business models across and at the nexus of the food and fashion industries. At Ucross, she works as a research assistant on identifying implementable and effective solutions for wildlife friendly ranching in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). See what Anna-Sophia has been up to. |Blog