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Glacier National Park Conservancy – Jerry O’Neal Research Fellowship -2018 Call

Thanks to generous support from the Glacier National Park Conservancy, the Jerry O'Neal NPS Student Fellowship has merged to become the Glacier National Park Conservancy - Jerry O'Neal Research Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted for the Glacier National Park Conservancy - Jerry O'Neal Research 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 19, 2018. Application Process

Rocky Mountain National Park: 2018 Call for Park-Funded Research Proposals The Continental Divide Research Learning Center (CDRLC) is seeking proposals for research, technical assistance, and education projects that aim to promote adaptive management and informed decision making at Rocky Mountain National Park.  This year the CDRLC has funding available for projects that support park management needs. 

The goal for these funds is to address identified needs for information, technical assistance or education on any topic of interest to park management. Projects can be identified by park staff, agency partners or university researchers. Park staff should route their projects through the appropriate supervisors. Park staff can identify a university or agency partner to work with directly to develop a proposal, or if you have an idea without an identified partner CDRLC staff are available to assist in finding the appropriate research partner. Universities within the RM-CESU and agency partners are encouraged to apply, particularly those showing in-kind support or other ways to leverage funds. Due COB January 11, 2018

Regional Visitor Use Management — Park Break 2018, Joshua Tree National Park & Death Valley National Park  February 25 - March 3, 2018 Park Break is an all-expenses paid, field-based service learning opportunity for graduate students (Ph.D. or Master’s level) who are studying in fields related to parks, protected areas, and cultural sites. We are also interested in students with an interest and/or understanding in protected area policy, ecology, communications (including social media), and marketing.

The George Wright Society, National Park Service and Kansas State university are now accepting applications for participation in the 2018 visitor use management focused Park Break Program at Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley National Park (JOTR/DEVA). Deadline to apply: December 4, 2017. Visit GeorgeWrightSociety.org/Students to learn more about the opportunity. 

Upcoming RM-CESU and Partner Events 

January 8-11, 2018: Pathways Africa, Windhoek, Namibia, Colorado State University and The Cheetah Conservation Fund are co-hosting the 2018 Pathways Africa Conference and Training (Namibia) in partnership with the Large Carnivore Management Association of Namibia and the Namibia Nature Foundation. Conference Website

April 10-11, 2018: Great Plains Grassland Summit, Denver, CO.  The objectives of the 2018 Great Plains Grassland Summit are to convene an opportunity for managers, scientists and stakeholders to learn about and contribute to ideas, knowledge, and plans for managing, conserving and restoring grasslands through collaborations across boundaries in the Great Plains. Summit Website