Research

Research

View Final Reports Submitted by Past Small Grant Awardees

View reports from past research at the station. For reports 1954-1976, go to the Jackson Hole Research Station Archives, and for reports 1977-present, visit the UW-NPS Research Station Archives.

Recent Research Supported by UW-NPS Grants

2024

  • Zachariah Gompert, Utah State University, Contemporary evolution and climatic (mal)adaptation in the Northern Blue butterfly (Lycaeides idas)
  • Sierra Jaeger, University of South Carolina, Population demography of the last populations of the Yellowstone sand verbena (Abronia ammophila)
  • Taylor Johaneman, University of Colorado Boulder, Impacts of artificial levees on the relationship between fluvial ecogeomorphic processes and floodplain carbon storage
  • Elise Loggers, Montana State University, Behavior and nutritional condition buffer a large-endotherm from an ever-changing environment
  • Adrienne Stanley, Utah State University, What are the drivers behind eutrophication of alpine lakes in Western North America: A case study from Wyoming
  • B. Derrick Taff,The Pennsylvania State University, Informing human waste management strategies in Grand Teton National Park: Integrating visitor perspectives, behavioral intentions, and Park communication strategies
  • Anne Beeman, University of Wyoming, Effects of seed mix composition, soil tilling, and soil texture on shrub establishment and native species diversity in sagebrush steppe restoration
  • Molly Caldwell, University of Wyoming, How do American bison (Bison bison), an ecosystem engineer, influence ungulate space and resource use? A case study of the Yellowstone ungulate community
  • Sara Germain,University of Wyoming, Mechanisms of ecotype transitions in disturbed subalpine forests: Does invasion beget invasion? 
  • Alexis Hunter Hollander, University of Wyoming, Assessing the conservation status of Western pearlshell mussels in Grand Teton National Park
  • Madeline Lewis, University of Wyoming, Assembling Wyoming: Examining ancient metamorphic and tectonic conditions that formed the southern Teton gneisses
  • Lauren Wetterau,University of Wyoming, Effects of red squirrel middens on species biodiversity and richness in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

2023

  • Michela Corsini, Boise State University, Preserving the dark side of the night: Insights into nocturnal insects’ responses to different artificial light colors in Grand Teton National Park
  • Konshau Duman, University of California, Davis, Red crossbill diet study
  • Taylor Johaneman, University of Colorado, Boulder, Linking hydrogeomorphic processes to floodplain carbon stocks on the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
  • Dustin Meattey, Biodiversity Research Institute, Maine, Greater Yellowstone Harlequin duck monitoring and eDNA investigation
  • Colby Parkinson, Pennsylvania State University, Bicycle patterns in Grand Teton National Park’s multi-use pathway: Integrating behavior, recreation specialization, and big data
  • Zack DeLuca, University of Montana, Hydrogeomorphic response to extreme flooding in Yellowstone National Park
  • Anna Chalfoun, University of Wyoming, University of Idaho, Effects of sagebrush restoration efforts in Grand Teton National Park on avian habitat, abundance, and diversity over time
  • Kathryn Davis, University of Wyoming, How does ecosystem engineering by beavers impact amphibian occupancy and connectivity?
  • William Fetzer, University of Wyoming, Quantifying energy pathways supporting the Jackson Lake fishery
  • Jonathan Lautenbach, University of Wyoming, Understanding Columbian sharp-tailed grouse population origins and connectivity in Grand Teton National Park
  • Andrew Miller, University of Wyoming, Evolution of hydrothermal fluids at Beryl Springs, YNP
  • Lusha Tronstad, University of Wyoming, Assessing parasites of native bumble bees in Grand Teton National Park: Are they limiting declining species

2022

  • Lusha Tronstad, University of Wyoming. Building an integrative future for mountain research in the high Teton Range: Linking NPS geophysical research with long-term ecological monitoring of aquatic ecosystems
  • Dan MacNulty, Utah State University. Trophic cascade or trickle? Understanding the indirect effects of wolves on aspen
  • Philip Halliwell, Colorado State University. The sagebrush blues: Butterfly pollinator assemblages in the GYE
  • Teodora Rautu, Montana State University. How does whitebark pine affect snowpack and streamflow within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem?
  • Anna Shampain, Colorado State University. Glacial meltwater as a source of persistent organic pollutants and trace elements to high altitude Rocky Mountain lakes
  • Rebecca Levine, University of Wyoming. The costs of thermoregulatory behavior: How are moose in the Greater Yellowstone coping as summers intensify?
  • William McDonald, University of Wyoming. Wyoming river otter project: Understanding the distribution, abundance and connectivity of river otters in Wyoming
  • Jeffrey Baldock, Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Wyoming. Evaluating the role of spring-fed streams to Yellowstone cutthroat trout
  • Hilary Byerly Flint, University of Wyoming. Designing effective and equitable approaches to transboundary wildlife conservation around national parks
  • Ellen Keaveny, University of Wyoming. The influence of season and climate on montane bumble bee physiology and abundance
  • Joshua Layfield, University of Wyoming. Winter space use and habitat selection of migratory-subadult Golden Eagles (Aquila Chrystaetos) in Wyoming
  • Bryce Shoup, University of Wyoming. Using an isotope mass balance approach to understand lake evaporation, health, and how climate change will impact Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park

2021

  • James Cohen, Weber State University, Population variation of three Yellowstone grasses, including the rare endemic Agrostis rossiae (Ross’ Bentgrass)
  • Lusha Tronstad, University of Wyoming. Moving beyond morphology: Integrating molecular metabarcoding into long-term alpine stream research to better understand biodiversity change
  • Jeffrey Skibins, East Carolina University. Research proposal: Visitor motivations for campground site selection at Grand Teton National Park
  • Troy Koser, Montana State University, Understanding the ecology of winter ticks (Dermacentor albipictus) in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem using detection canines and implications for the Jackson moose herd
  • Kristin Barker, University of California – Berkeley, Evaluating how and why humans alter natural patterns of wolf predation
  • Natali Kragh, Montana State University, Updating and assessing the accuracy of the geologic map of Yellowstone National Park
  • Abigail Sisneros-Kidd, University of Wyoming, Integrated digital storytelling and story-mapping as a novel method to inform recreation-wildlife coexistence in Jackson Hole, WY
  • Melanie Murphy, University of Wyoming, Beaver and biodiversity linkages in Grand Teton National Park
  • Bridger James Huhn, University of Wyoming, Testing biophysical mechanisms to explain endemic plant locations in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
  • Joseph Holbrook, University of Wyoming, Recreational influence on the dietary and spatial patterns of Montane Red Fox in Grand Teton National Park
  • Jordan Von Eggers, University of Wyoming, Using eDNA in alpine lake sediment cores to track multiple stressors, multiple trophic levels, and the rise of Anthropocene biodiversity changes
  • Janey Fugate, University of Wyoming, How do ungulates learn to migrate? A century-long case study with Yellowstone bison