IoE Rough Cut Science Series - "The Greater Yellowstone Network"
- Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
- Barnard Hall, 126 - view map
As part of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems' Rough Cut Science Seminar Series, Kristin Legg and Andrew Ray will give a talk titled "Understanding Dynamic Ecosystems: The Pursuit of the Greater Yellowstone Network" at noon on Wednesday, December 4 in 126 Barnard Hall.
Kristin Legg has served as the Program Manager for the Greater Yellowstone Network (GRYN) since 2011. The GRYN provides oversight and supports science programs in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area and Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks. Prior to this position, Kristin was a chief of natural and cultural resource management at Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks and Pipestone National Monument. Kristin also worked on numerous projects in Yellowstone National Park. Kristin received her MS in Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State University and studied the habitat use and movements of bighorn sheep in the Gallatin Mountains. Kristin’s undergraduate degree is from Denison University, OH.
Andrew Ray is an Ecologist with the Greater Yellowstone Network. Andrew has a PhD in Biological Sciences from Idaho State University, MS from Northern Michigan University, and BS from Purdue University. Andy coordinates with NPS, federal and stateagency, and NGO scientists to carry out water resource and amphibian monitoring projects in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks and Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. Prior to joining the Greater Yellowstone Network, Andy worked with the U.S. Geological Survey and at the Crater Lake National Park’s Science and Learning Center.
Across the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the NPS’s Greater Yellowstone Network is coordinating assessments of ecological health through collaborative, multi-agency monitoring at park and regional spatial scales. Recently, Yellowstone National Park and the Greater Yellowstone Network published two documents that highlight the importance of vital signs monitoring: The Vital Signs and State of the Park Resources for Yellowstone National Park (Yellowstone Center for Resources 2018) and Yellowstone Science: Vital Signs, Monitoring Yellowstone’s Ecosystem Health (Fall 2019). Both publications emphasize the importance of collaborative, cross-boundary strategies to connect parks, inventory and monitoring networks, and partnering agencies to leverage scientific connections to maximize their conservation impacts.
In this presentation, Kristin Legg and Andrew Ray will introduce audiences to the NPS’s Vital Signs Monitoring Program, talk specifically about the work of the Greater Yellowstone Network, and share findings from some of our collaborative monitoring campaigns.
Watch the seminar live at https://zoom.us/j/283795654.
- Institute on Ecosystems