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Jerry O'Neal Fellowship: Matthew Larson, University of Montana

Avian Point Counts of Hayfields at Grant -Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site

Taylor Field at Grant-Kohrs Ranch

Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site (GRKO) is a working cattle ranch dedicated to historic preservation of the frontier cattle era. As part of the National Park Service, however, it is directed to conserve both its historic and natural resources.  The result is a working landscape that supports many native species of flora and fauna.

This project reflects GRKO’s mission: It informs best management practices of annual hay harvest with respect to grassland nesting bird species. Read More: Brief; Full Report

A field day

What's New

RM-CESU Current Newsletter:  Fall 2014

Past Newsletters: Summer 2014April 2014March 2014; February 2014; December 2013/Janaury 2014; October-November 2013; September 2013; August 2013; July 2013; June 2013; May 2013


Jerry O'Neal National Park Service Student Fellowship Applications are now being accepted for the Jerry O'Neal Fellowship for work in Glacier National Park, Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS, and Little Bighorn Battlefield NM. The fellowship aims to provide educational assistance for students seeking to understand natural and cultural resources issues and how these interact with human values. Special consideration will be given to proposals that address the following:

  1. natural resource issues such as aquatic ecology, terrestrial ecology, fire ecology, invasive plants, and climate change
  2. cultural resource issues, such as history and architectural studies, cultural landscape reports, ethnographic research and archeology
  3. social science that informs resource management about a natural or cultural topic and/or that addresses visitor impacts to park resources

Competition is open to graduate students or superior upper division undergraduate students at RM-CESU universities and colleges only.  Awards range from $1000-5000. Applications must be submitted electronically by February 17, 2015. For details on the application process please click here.

RM-CESU Welcomes New NPS Research Coordinator and Science Advisor Dr. Brendan Moynahan will lead the RM-CESU for the National Park Service from the University of Montana based in Missoula, MT. Brendan comes to us from the USFWS National Bison Range in Montana where he served as a supervisory wildlife biologist.  Prior to that Brendan worked for the NPS as the I&M program manager for the Southeast Alaska Network, and for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as a wildlife biologist and Presidential Management Fellow.  Brendan holds degrees in political science (environmental policy) and ecology and received his Ph.D. in fish and wildlife biology from the University of Montana.  Brendan follows behind Dr. Kathy Tonnessen who retired in March.   

Upcoming RM-CESU and Partner Events

October 5-9, 2014: Pathways 2014 Conference: Integrating Human Dimensions into Fish and Wildlife Management, Estes Park, CO.  Pathways is the premier scientific meeting for academic and government researchers, students, agency scientists, land managers, NGO representatives, and other individuals who are interested in the human dimensions of fish and wildlife management issues. The theme this year is Common Futures

October 6‒8, 2014: 12th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.  The Greater Yellowstone biennial scientific conference series, initiated in 1991, encourages awareness and application of wide-ranging, high-caliber scientific work on the region's natural and cultural resources. These conferences, with the active involvement of professional societies and other institutions, provide a much-needed forum for knowledge-sharing among hundreds of researchers, park managers, and the general public. They attract world-class speakers and are interdisciplinary by design.