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RM-CESU Announces the Annual Competition for Student Award:  The Rocky Mountains CESU annually recognizes "above and beyond” accomplishments by student(s) involved in Rocky Mountains Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (RM-CESU) projects.  Nominations may be submitted by any representative of the federal agency that sponsored the RM-CESU project, or by the student’s RM-CESU university.   

Nominations for Student Award are due August 16, 2017. The Award winner(s) will receive a citation and give a presentation on their project results at annual RM-CESU Fall Meeting in September at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, CO. Nomination instructions.

2017 Jerry O'Neal National Park Service Student Fellowship Awardees Announced
The Jerry O’Neal National Park Service Student Fellowship, funded through the Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center at Glacier National Park, is named for the former deputy superintendent at Glacier NP, in honor of his dedication to science and research in the NPS. The Fellowship is for work in Glacier National Park, Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS, or Little Bighorn Battlefield NM. The competition is facilitated through the Rocky Mountains CESU and is open to students at all of the RM-CESU universities/colleges. This year’s Fellowship recipients are:

Caitlyn Florentine, PhD candidate – Glaciology, University of Montana, Topographic drivers and ice flow mechanics of glacier change in Glacier National Park Caitlyn’s study aims to refine our understanding of ongoing glacier retreat by examine how local topographic effects (such as such as wind-drifting, avalanching, and shading) may boost small mountain glaciers mass balance. The study will also look at how glacier flow via the deformation of ice may act to mitigate continued retreat once glaciers are contained within cirques.

Katie Stevens Goidich, Masters candidate – Anthropology, University of Montana, Archaeology of Railroad Tourism in Glacier National Park The focus of Katie’s project is a historical report on the relationship of the Great Northern Railway’s (GNRR) with Glacier National Park highlighting GNRR contributions to Park tourism and infrastructure construction, GNRR’s impact on cultural landscape, and GNRR’s role in Park designation and development. A second part of the study is an archaeological site survey of two distinct GNRR sites and associated documentation in the form of evaluation for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Upcoming RM-CESU and Partner Events 

September 11-14, 2017: 14th Biennial Conference of Science & Management on the  Colorado Plateau & Southwest Region, Flagstaff, AZ. his year’s conference will continue to be a forum that brings together resource managers and research scientists to discuss the new findings, information needs, and possible solutions to the challenges confronting the lands, resources, and cultures of the Southwest. Global change, energy development, and human population growth in the Southwest affect water availability, natural systems, and the social character of the region. 

September 17-20, 2017: Pathways 2017, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO.  Pathways is a conference and training program designed to address the myriad of issues that arise as people and wildlife struggle to coexist in a sustainable and healthy manner. We invite you to join us in this critical wildlife conservation effort. Our mission is to increase professionalism and effectiveness in the human dimensions of fisheries and wildlife management field. Conference is hosted by Colorado State University, in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.