Harlow Seminar – July 6th, 2023, Grant Hopcraft


Harlow Seminar – July 6th, 2023, Grant Hopcraft

The Serengeti wildebeest migration: ecology and conservation in a changing world

Speaker: Dr. Grant Hopcraft, University of Glasgow
Time: Thursday, July 6th, 5:30pm MT, talk begins at 6:30pm MT
Location: UW-NPS Research Station at the AMK Ranch, in the Berol Lodge

The talk will also be available via Zoom (The zoom link will be made available through our email list. If you are not on the list, please click here to join: https://uwnps.org/mailing-list/)


The Serengeti is an iconic ecosystem that is best known for the epic migration of over 1.2 million wildebeest plus 250,000 zebra and 200,000 gazelle – however it is unique. Large migrations of animals were once common in many parts of the world, but they have been collapsing globally. What makes the Serengeti so special? Why do we not see Serengeti type ecosystems everywhere? In this public lecture we will explore the underlying natural history that leads to the astounding diversity and abundance of animals in this ecosystem. We will reflect on years of ecological research and management decisions that have provided insights about how ecosystems work and what lessons the Serengeti has taught us.


Dr. Hopcraft’s research concentrates on conservation ecology and management, particularly of African ecosystems. He leads the Serengeti Biodiversity Program, which includes work with wildebeests, zebras, and elands, and as well as serving as an advisor to many important conservation organizations including Tanzania National Parks, Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute, and the Frankfurt Zoological Society.

Harlow Summer Seminar – June 29th, 2023, Merav Ben-David


 Harlow Summer Seminar – June 29th, 2023, Merav Ben-David

Is protecting isolated species enough? On the role of Yellowstone National Park in the recovery of river otters in the Rocky Mountains

Speaker: Merav Ben-David, Professor, Dept. of Zoology & Physiology, UW
Time: Thursday, June 29th, 5:30pm, talk begins at 6:30pm
Location: UW-NPS Research Station at the AMK Ranch, in the Berol Lodge
The talk will also be available via Zoom (The zoom link will be made available through our email list. If you are not on the list, please click here to join: https://uwnps.org/mailing-list/)

By the early 1900’s, river otters (Lontra canadensis) were extirpated from most freshwater systems in western North America due to overharvest and pollution. Remnant populations survived in the greater Yellowstone region, largely due to the establishment of Yellowstone National Park in 1872. Despite improvement to water quality following the Clean Water Act of 1972 and limits on harvest since the mid-1950s, river otter populations showed limited recovery in the Rocky Mountain region. Reintroduction efforts in several states (Colorado, Utah, Nebraska, and South Dakota), led to the successful establishment of river otter populations. Nonetheless, otter recovery in many Wyoming watersheds has not yet occurred. In this project we conducted a formal survey of otters across the state using camera traps and non-invasive genetic sampling. Our preliminary results show that the Yellowstone population was the source of at least two independent expansion events; one into the Shoshone River and another to the Snake. From there otters colonized the Upper Wind River. We also found that river otters in the Green River are genetically distinct, and that population may be an expansion of the reintroduced animals in Utah. Similarly, otters from Colorado seem to expand into the headwaters of the Platte River. The ability of overland dispersal by otters contrast with their limited spread into the Big Horn and lower Platte Rivers. In future work we intend to model the dynamics of otter expansion and the role of barriers (e.g., dams and large reservoirs) and water flow in an effort to better understand the current distribution of otters in Wyoming.

Harlow Seminar – July 6th, 2023, Annika Walters


 Harlow Seminar – July 6th, 2023

Cutthroat trout conservation: challenges and opportunities

Speaker: Annika Walters, USGS and the University of Wyoming
Time: Thursday, June 22nd, 5:30pm MT, talk begins at 6:30pm MT
Location: UW-NPS Research Station at the AMK Ranch, in the Berol Lodge

The talk will also be available via Zoom (The zoom link will be made available through our email list. If you are not on the list, please click here to join: https://uwnps.org/mailing-list/)


Cutthroat trout play key ecological and economic roles in Wyoming. Cutthroat provide food resources for aquatic, terrestrial, and avian predators and support a world-renowned recreational fishery. In many areas, cutthroat trout populations have been declining due to habitat degradation and hybridization with rainbow trout. Climate change may further threaten cutthroat trout persistence. I explore some of the challenges and opportunities in cutthroat trout conservation through examples from research conducted in the North Fork Shoshone and Upper Snake watersheds. Cutthroat trout conservation will benefit from emerging tools and partnerships, in addition to the species’ innate ability to adapt and persist.

NOW HIRING! UW-NPS Station Manager

hiring announcement. Text: "UW-NPS is hiring a station manager! Have experience with sciences of relevence to the GYE? Have management experience of people or a facility? Have experience researching or teaching at a field station? Apply now to join our team. bit.ly/uwnps-station-manager

The UW-NPS Research Station in Grand Teton National Park is hiring a Station Manager. This full-time position as the resident manager will be responsible for daily operations, including overseeing guests and visitors, hiring and managing seasonal staff, facilitating research, courses, and outreach events and interfacing with the National Park Service and other partners. Housing is provided on the shores of Jackson Lake at the historic AMK Ranch. Candidates with an advanced degree in a field of relevance to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, with previous experience at field stations, with facilities and managerial experience, and with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace are preferred.

The position is open until filled with a preferred start date of May 15.

Apply here:

Please share this information with anyone you know who may be interested!

Applications for Summer Staff Now Open!

Are you an undergraduate student or recent grad with a passion for working outdoors and supporting cutting-edge research? Applications are now open for two seasonal summer staff positions at the UW-NPS Research Station!

Housing and summer salary is provided. Responsibilities include checking guests in and out, setting up for seminars, and assisting with field work conducted by researchers when needed. As an added benefit, summer staff have opportunities to pursue their own research at the station!

for more detailed info and to apply. We will begin reviewing applications on March 27.

2023 Priority Housing Applications Due 3/3/23


2023 Priority Housing Applications due 3/3/23

If you’ve been meaning to submit a housing request for the 2023 season, now is the time to do it! For the best chance of getting housing on your preferred dates, submit your housing application by the end of day, March 3.

All applications submitted through March 3 will be included in our first round of scheduling. We will review these requests and schedule them based on the priorities listed at the top of the application page.

Housing availability will be reduced to the remaining spaces after this initial round of placements. As a result, individuals who submit their applications after March 3rd will be less likely to get their preferred dates.

We look forward to having researchers back for the 2023 season!

2023 Grand Teton National Park Summer Resources Internship Announcement

Two Human Dimensions of Resources internship positions jointly supported by GTNP and UW-NPS are available in 2023. Interns will work directly with park personnel and will be housed within the park. Applications are due by 5:00pm (MST) on March 1, 2023. For more information, see the 2023 Summer Resources Internship Announcement, or view the full announcement below.

UW-NPS 2023 Small Grants RFP – Deadline January 31, 2023


UW-NPS Research Station announces the 2023 Small Grants RFP. 

Please share with those who might be interested.

The Small Grants program is funded by the National Park Service and the UW-NPS Research Station at the University of Wyoming. It is limited to US academic institutions, government, and NGO researchers conducting their studies in the Greater Yellowstone Area. See uwnps.org/grants for more information, a list of past awards, and a link to annual reports of research going back to 1954.

Grants will be evaluated by a panel of park personnel and faculty in diverse fields based on intellectual merit (will the study advance our understanding in some key way), and relevance to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. We welcome proposals that address Grand Teton National Park research priorities and Yellowstone National Park research priorities, but that is not necessarily a requirement for funding.

We encourage grant submissions by and/or for graduate student research support as these small grants can be a vital source of support for students working in the GYE.

For RFP details and to submit a proposal, go to 2023 UW-NPS Small Grants in InfoReady.

Contract Schedule

1/31/23 Last day proposals are accepted
5/1/23 Initiation of contract, start/schedule field work as appropriate
12/1/23 Progress report due
4/30/23 Award end date

Recording Now Available! Dr. Tarissa Spoonhunter: Tribes, Treaties and National Parks

Tribes, Treaties and National Parks
Harlow Speaker Series Special Event with Lunch
Speaker: Dr. Tarissa Spoonhunter, University of Wyoming Haub School
Time: Wednesday, Sept 21st, noon-2 pm. Talk beginning at 12:45 pm
Location: UW-NPS Berol Lodge, and on Zoom (the link and password will be available through our email list. If you haven’t already, be sure to join our emailing list!)
Lunch available to the first 40 participants

Tarissa Spoonhunter, the new director of the High Plains American Indian Research Institute at the University of Wyoming, is the featured speaker for the Harlow Speaker Series event Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the renovated University of Wyoming-National Park Service (UW-NPS) Research Station. The facility is located at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

The free event is from noon-2 p.m. in the Berol Lodge. Spoonhunter will present “Tribes, Treaties and National Parks” beginning at 12:45 p.m. She will speak about her research on the long-term relationships that Native American tribes have with national park lands, and how treaties and other policies have shaped those relationships since the lands were designated as parks by the U.S. government.

Spoonhunter, also an assistant professor in the UW Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, focuses her work on sharing knowledge with other races and nationalities to build relationships to increase understanding — something that resides deep in her roots growing up on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. At age nine, her people gave her the name Medicine Beaver Woman, a name she remembers feeling came with a great deal of responsibility and underscores the dedication she brings to her work at UW.

A light lunch will be provided for the first 40 attendees. The talk also will be available via Zoom.

The event will mark the beginning of a National Science Foundation-funded workshop at the AMK involving over 20 UW faculty, that is related to the new WyACT: Wyoming Anticipating Climate Transitions project aimed at anticipating future climate and water changes. The event presents an opportunity for visitors to meet and talk with UW researchers covering a wide range of areas from ecology and hydrology to park-related social science.

The UW-NPS Research Station provides a base for university faculty members and government scientists from throughout North America to conduct research in the diverse aquatic and terrestrial environments of Grand Teton National Park and the greater Yellowstone area. Formerly called the AMK Ranch Talk Series, the Harlow Summer Seminars program is named after retired UW Department of Zoology and Physiology Professor Hank Harlow, who helped make the UW-NPS Research Station a significant center for research and community outreach. Harlow began the popular weekly public seminars during the summer months.