Saturday U to Feature Presentations on Ecology and Conservation, Climate Change, Interpretations of Nature

SaturdayU logo IOn Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday University, a semiannual Jackson event from the Wyoming Humanities Council and the University of Wyoming, will feature three lectures on ecology and conservation, climate change, and interpretations of nature.

The presentations, by professors from the University of Wyoming and Central Wyoming College, will occur during the 2014 SHIFT Festival, which celebrates the future of conservation with food, film, adventure and sustainability leaders from around North America.

The Festival includes FoodSHIFT, America’s first sustainable food week, the SHIFT Summit, a showcase for leading conservation and sustainability initiatives, and keynote speakers such as Barry Lopez, Dr. Marion Nestle, and Jeremy Jones.

Saturday U is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

Details about the presentations may be found here.

On Oct. 11, Saturday U will open with coffee and doughnuts at 8:30 a.m. At 9:00, the University of Wyoming’s Matthew Kaufman will discuss his ground-breaking research into the long-distance migrations of Wyoming’s iconic large ungulates like deer and elk.

At 10:15, Jaquelyn Klancher will share findings from her Interdisciplinary Climate Expedition into Wyoming’s Wind River Range.

At 11:00, University of Wyoming senior lecturer in English Bruce Richardson will connect a visitor’s meaningful experience of Yellowstone National Park with the idea of religious pilgrimage.

Dr. Kauffman, an Assistant Professor of Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming, is an expert on large game migration patterns. His talk, “The Migrations of Wyoming’s Deer, Elk and Moose: Ecology and Conservation amid Changing Landscapes,” will explore how migrations are being altered by landscape changes such as drought, predation by newly restored wolves and grizzly, and rapidly expanding energy development as well as new efforts to conserve the migration routes.

During the summer of 2014, Jacki Klancher, an Assistant Professor of Environmental Health at Central Wyoming College, led a team of students and citizen scientists into the Wind River mountain to research the impacts of glacial ice mass recession in the high alpine environment. Her presentation, “Wind River Glaciers: The Impact of Climate Change,” will present the outcome of this wilderness foray, and provide an important look at what is happening in Wyoming’s mountains.

Bruce A. Richardson (Ph.D., U.C.L.A.) teaches upper division English and interdisciplinary classes for the University of Wyoming at Casper. His lecture, “Pilgrimage to Yellowstone: Sacred and Secular Interpretations of Nature,” explores the ways an understanding of religious pilgrimage can provide insight into the experience of Yellowstone National Park by visitors.

Presentations will be followed by a lunchtime round-table discussion. Participants may attend any or all sessions.

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