UHPSI Project Topics Outline - Fall 2018
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OrganizationProject LocationTopicHOW TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter and resume to charlie.bettigole@yale.edu by Friday Sept. 14th
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Bureau of Land ManagementCedar City, UtahEvaluate the success of Utah prairie dog (threatened/endangered species) translocation effortsConcept paper available for more info
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Monitor dark kangaroo mouse populations and their response to solar energy development
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Assess wildlife and stand impacts after BLM habitat treatments (juniper cutting)
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Golden eagle habitat-use near wind turbines in Southern Utah
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Pronghorn migration corridor and use of habitat treatment areas (juniper cutting areas)Concept paper available for more info
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Mule deer winter range and use of habitat treatment areas (juniper cutting areas)Concept paper available for more info
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Vegetation and wildlife impacts of habitat treatments (juniper cuttings)
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Sheridan Community Land TrustSheridan County, WyomingDevelop a kiosk/sign for the history of the Acme power plant site
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Botanical companion for Sheridan Community Land Trust trails
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Determine which land holdings are a conservation priority near Sheridan, Wyoming using GIS
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Develop a map of public right of ways in Sheridan County, Wyoming
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Map wildlife migration routes and wildlife-friendly fencing
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Improve riparian and wetlands using conservation techniques such as beaver mimicry and grassbanks
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Climate and Forest CapitalProject Location: Western US, Office Location: NYCGrasslands Avoided Conversion carbon offset protocols: outreach and GIS support
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceFort Collins, ColoradoDevelop outreach materials for the USFWS-USGS Conservation Efforts Database (CED) Team to highlight features and functions this Decision Support Tool (DSTs)
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Assist USFWS, BLM, and USFS, and state partners establish a common baseline of information for spatial information used to determine land status and ownership
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Cheyenne, WyomingCreate a database for USFWS, State of Wyoming, and UW using sage-grouse data to improve sagebrush ecosystem management strategies
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Assess economic impact of Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative (WLCI) habitat projects on local communities
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Implement the Greater Sage-Grouse Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) in collaboration with several Wyoming partners to complete conservation plans and monitoring plans
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Bend, OregonDevelop a pilot project for Wildfire Collaborative using remotely sensed data to determine where targeted livestock grazing may be used to reduce fine fuels.
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Boise, IdahoCollate diverse science projects being funded in the sagebrush ecosystem and develop a ArcGIS On-line map for the USFWS
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OregonDevelop a report to summary mechanisms for environmental project review and mitigation programs for states with sage-grouse
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Reno, NevadaCompile Crested wheatgrass seedings in the Great Basin and monitor vegetation to assess encroachment (summer work needed)
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Map native plant cultivar seedings in the Great Basin to evaluate genetic management of seeds
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Winnett Agricultural Community Enhancement and SustainabilityWinnett, MontanaDevelop curricula focused on rangelands and agriculture for grads 4-12 to connect students to public and private lands
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Grasslands LLCEastern MontanaCorrelate 8 years of NDVI data, soil surface measurements, and time-lapse imagery to assess soil moisture and total carbon
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The Nature ConservancyBozeman, MontanaA film on the importance of forest restoration -- thinning and prescribed fire.
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Forest ServiceBridger-Teton National Forest, WyomingAssist the Forest Service update their forest management plan by reporting on techniques to better serve youth and under-served communitiesWhat are best practices for engaging Latino population in Forest Plan Revision and/or with Forest in general?
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Assist the Forest Service update their forest management plan as it relates a sustainable timber supply
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Assist the Forest Service update their forest management plan as it relates to socio-economic impactsResident population focus (who lives and works in the communities adjacent to the BTNF and how has that changed since 1990)? What data is available to assess the importance of or the connection of Resident Populations to the National Forest? What does this data reveal?
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SHIFTJackson, WyomingHealth benefits of spending time outside and recreation on public lands
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Park City Municipal CorporationPark City, UtahSoil carbon measurement, soil health, water quality, rotational grazing on city open space
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Ucross High Plains Stewardship InitiativeNew Haven, ConnecticutCoordinate a symposium related to a western issue for the spring semester
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Process soil samples from Wyoming and Montana to aid with Quick Carbon research
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Manage UHPSI social media accounts, blog, newsletter, and website and pursue western issues that are of interest to student
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Assist our Quick Carbon team with our research on an improved soil sampling method
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