Registration is open for the 13th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE).
The conference will take place October 4-6, 2016 at the Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park. There are 350 spots available. Full registration costs $350, while students may register for $250, with lodging available at no cost on-site. From a Yellowstone press release:
The conference focus this year is on deriving management lessons and applications from previous practices, recognizing trends, and anticipating future conservation needs in the GYE. Throughout the region and across the globe, social-ecological systems are undergoing rapid changes that threaten wildlands and the biota they sustain. The National Park Service Centennial is an opportune time to reflect on the past, as we envision the future for the GYE.
Highlights from this year’s conference include keynote speaker, David Quammen. David is an author and journalist whose fifteen books include The Song of the Dodo (1996), Spillover (2012), and, most recently, Yellowstone: A Journey through America’s Wild Heart (2016), an expanded version of his text for the May 2016 special issue of National Geographic Magazine, with photographs from the same team of photographers. Quammen’s opening keynote address will occur on Tuesday evening, October 4th, and tickets for that event only are also available on the website.
Honored guest speakers at the conference also include Dr. Bill Wyckoff (Aubrey L. Haines Award winner), Dr. Robert Gresswell (A. Starker Leopold Award winner), and Dr. Gary Tabor (Superintendent’s International Lecture Award winner). Along with an in-depth look at the work of over 130 scientists and managers in the GYE, this event will provide an excellent opportunity for professional networking in the region. Field trips focusing on both natural and cultural resources, as well as a science communication field trip, offer unique opportunities to learn about the area and develop new skills. Thanks to a donation of a film from Jackson Hole WILD (www.jhwild.org), a feature film will be shown during the conference.
In addition, organizers are calling for photographers to submit photos for the conference, in order to highlight “all aspects of people, nature, culture, research and resource management in the GYE.” If you with to submit any photos (high resolution and compatible with Powerpoint), please send them to Bianka Klein at Bianca_Klein@nps.gov.
If you have any further questions, please call 307-344-2156.
Since 1991, the Biennial Scientific Conference, sponsored by the Yellowstone Association in partnership with a host of state, federal, tribal, and private organizations, has strove to address challenges and highlight success stories within the GYE, offering researchers, conservation groups, and management partners to come together and share in a dialogue on issues pertaining to Yellowstone’s geologic, cultural, and biological resources.