Yellowstone conference to focus on science and decision making

The Yellowstone Heritage and Research Center in Gardiner, Mont. hosts archives and other facilities researchers use to learn about Yellowstone National Park science and history. (Ruffin Prevost/Yellowstone Gate - click to enlarge)

From Staff Reports

CODY, Wyo. — Organizers of a biennial conference on science in the greater Yellowstone area have issued a call for abstracts from researchers wishing to present at the October event.

Submissions for the 11th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem will be accepted March 15 – May 15.

This year’s conference theme is “Greater Yellowstone in Transition: Linking Science and Decision Making.” Scheduled for Oct. 8 – 10 at Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyo., the conference will bring together scientists, managers and other decision-makers to examine resource challenges throughout the greater Yellowstone area from a variety of perspectives. The goals are to exchange scientific information relevant to management and to identify resource challenges that demand new research.

The program committee consists of representatives throughout the area from Yellowstone National Park, Montana State University, The University of Montana, Montana Institute on Ecosystems, Wildlife Conservation Society, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, USGS Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at The University of Wyoming, Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee, Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative and the National Park Service-Rocky Mountains Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit.

The conference series, initiated in 1991, encourages awareness and application of wide-ranging, high-caliber scientific work on the region’s natural and cultural resources. It provides a forum for sharing knowledge among hundreds of researchers, park managers and the general public.

Conference registration will begin June 1, 2012.

The proceedings from the 10th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, “Questioning Greater Yellowstone’s Future: Climate, Land Use, and Invasive Species,” are available at the Greater Yellowstone Science web site.

Visit the conference web site for additional information, to submit an abstract, or to subscribe to the conference mailing list. Conference staff may be reached at [email protected] or by phone at 307-344-7123.

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