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Jerry O'Neal National Park Service Student Fellowship -2014 Call
Applications are now being accepted for the Jerry O'Neal Fellowship for work in Glacier National Park, Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. 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:
- natural resource issues such as aquatic ecology, terrestrial ecology, fire ecology, invasive plants, and climate change
- cultural resource issues, such as history and architectural studies, cultural landscape reports, archeology, and ethnographic research
- 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 $1000-4000. Applications must be submitted electronically by February 14, 2014. For details on the application process please click here.
RM-CESU’s Kathy Tonnessen receives the Department of the Interior’s Superior Service Award
Dr. Kathy Tonnessen has just received the Department of the Interior’s Superior Service Award, which recognizes her exceptional career accomplishments and contributions. Since the inception of the Rocky Mountains CESU, Kathy has been an outstanding leader in the development and evolution of the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit network nationwide. She was one of the first agency representatives in the system and has provided leadership through participation in National CESU meetings and forums and served as the national program lead for the NPS CESUs from 2008-10. Under Kathy’s leadership, the RM-CESU is the linchpin for the Intermountain CESUs, conducting monthly meetings with the Financial Assistance group to ensure currency, consistency, and overall excellence in customer service to parks. As a result the RM-CESU has become a service model for how Dept. of Interior CESU liaisons can best connect land and resource managers with the scientific community. Read more.
Rocky Mountains CESU announces 2013 Student and Project Team Award winners:
The RM-CESU announced that the recipient of the 2013 Student Award is Julia Ausloos, University of Colorado Denver. Julia received a Masters in Historic Preservation from the School of Architecture and Planning. She worked on a National Park Service project, on BLM land, titled: NPS Historic American Building Survey (HABS) Documentation of Parallel Wall House and Saddlehorn Hamlet Pueblos, Cortez, CO. August 2010 – June 2013. The nomination was forwarded by Michael Nulty at UC Denver, and endorsed by Thomas Keohan, NPS-IMR, Heritage Partnerships Program.
The Project Team award went to the NPS Rocky Mountain Inventory and Monitoring Network (Mike Britten, Billy Schweiger, Laura O’Gan and Donna Shorrock), Rocky Mountain National Park (Paul McLaughlin, Judy Visty – retired, and Ben Bobowski), and Colorado State University (David Cooper, Ed Gage and former graduate students Katie Driver and Jennifer Jones). This Team was nominated for the RM-CESU project: Wetland Protocol Development – Pilot Work in Rocky Mountain NP and Wetland Ecological Integrity Data Analysis and Reporting.
Upcoming RM-CESU and Partner Events
October 1-2, 2013: Rocky Mountains CESU Fall Meeting, USGS Fort Collins Science Center, Fort Collins, CO. The schedule includes:
PM – Managers Meeting: We will have presentations by the two RM-CESU 2013 award winners and well as a panel on natural Resource Monitoring Agenda
RM-CESU Executive Committee Meeting Agenda
October 11-12, 2013: The first Conference of the American Indigenous Research Association, Salish Kootenai College, Pablo, MT.
October 24-25, 2013: 3rd annual conference of the Sociology of Development section of the American Sociological Association, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. The conference theme will be "The Future of Development," focusing on current research that provides foundation and direction for promising lines of future scientific inquiry on Development, with an emphasis on works that crosscut social, economic, political, and ecological spheres