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Registration for 11th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem opens June 1

May 11, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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The 11th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem will be held Oct. 8-10 in Mammoth, Wyo. Registration opens June 1. Discounted rates are available before Sept. 15.

This year's conference, "Greater Yellowstone in Transition: Linking Science and Decision Making," brings together scientists, managers and other decision makers to share information on resource challenges and research needs throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Signature lecturers of the conference will be: noted botanist Estella B. Leopold of the University of Washington, who will deliver the A. Starker Leopold Lecture; Ian Dyson of Alberta Environment and Water, a leading advocate and planner of resource management partnerships, who will present the Superintendent's International Lecture; and noted local author and former Yellowstone park historian Paul Schullery, who will deliver the Aubrey L. Haines Lecture.

Initiated in 1991, the conference series encourages awareness and application of wide-ranging, scientific work on the region's natural and cultural resources. With the active involvement of professional societies and other institutions, the conferences provide a forum for hundreds of researchers, park managers and the general public to share information.

Abstract submissions for presentations and posters will be accepted through Tuesday, May 15.

For additional information, visit http://gyesciconf.greateryellowstonescience.org/. Conference staff may be reached at yell_conference@nps.gov or by phone at 307-344-7123.

The program committee includes Yellowstone National Park, Montana State University, The University of Montana, Montana Institute on Ecosystems, Wildlife Conservation Society, U.S. Geological Survey 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.

Contact: Conference staff may be reached at yell_conference@nps.gov or (307)-344-7123.