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Wallace Stegner Lecture – Greater Yellowstone Migrations Project

April 18, 2016 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Photo credit: Joe Riis

Greater Yellowstone Migrations Project

Joe Riis, National Geographic Wildlife Photographer
Arthur Middleton, Research Scientist, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

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12:15-1:15 p.m., S. J. Quinney Moot Courtroom (Level 6)
Celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service with wildlife ecologist Arthur Middleton and photographer Joe Riis. They will share the story behind their traverse of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem following one of the most iconic creatures of Yellowstone National Park—the elk—on its annual migration from Wyoming’s ranchlands into America’s deepest wilderness.

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Arthur Middleton

Arthur is a research scientist at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a research associate of both the Wyoming Migration Initiative and the Draper Museum of Natural History at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. He works on the ecology of predator-prey interactions and animal movements, with current field projects in the Rocky and Andes Mountains. In addition to his research, Arthur is interested in improving science communication and ecosystem management in the landscapes where he works. He completed his Ph.D. in 2012 at the University of Wyoming, where he studied the interactions of wolves and elk in the Absaroka Range and developed friendships with the communities of the Absaroka Front. Along with Joe Riis, Arthur was awarded the 2013 Camp Monaco Prize by Prince Albert II of Monaco for linking research and public outreach on the subject of trans-boundary wildlife migrations in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The Camp Monaco Prize provided the seed funding and inspiration that allowed Joe and Arthur to initiate this evolving project. Arthur will begin a new position in wildlife ecology, management and policy at the University of California, Berkeley in mid-2016.

Joe Riis
Joe Riis is a National Geographic contributing photographer and photography fellow at the Wyoming Migration Initiative. He has been working in the Greater Yellowstone since early 2008, focusing primarily on wildlife migration. From his experience on a personal passion project about the Grand Teton Pronghorn Migration, to several recent National Geographic assignments, Joe knows how to tell this story. While the Absaroka Range is one of the most rugged landscapes where Joe has worked, he is no stranger to challenging terrain, having photographed wildlife in regions as diverse as the Mongolian desert and the Mexican jungle. Joe’s work photographing the elk migrations and contributing to Elk River and Invisible Boundaries represent the culmination of 8 years working on these themes in the Greater Yellowstone.

1 hour of CLE (pending).
No registration required.  Free and open to the public.

For questions about this event contact Erin (801) 585-3440.

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Funding provided by the Cultural Vision Fund.



April 18, 2016
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
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