In addition to the Institute's full-time research faculty, each of whom holds a 25% appointment, and the Institute's grant programs, the Institute partners with researchers and other research organizations on a variety of research centered biodiversity programs.
Wyoming is home to some of the most wild and scenic landscapes in North America. From our cold, rugged, high altitude mountain ecosystems, to the Riparian habitats created by streams and rivers like the North Platte, the Green, and the Snake river, that provide homes for a wide assortment of wildlife as well as providing drinking water for towns, irrigation water for agricultural uses, and recreational uses such as fly-fishing. The Red Desert in southern Wyoming has the largest migratory herd of pronghorn in the continental United States, and overhead, the state's skies serve as a migration path for a wide variety of bird species.
The Biodiversity Institute works in partnership with biodiversity researchers and other organziations to both fund and develop programs based on the Institute's Open Initiatives to address questions that require careful consideration, and can impact the future of the the biodiverse habitats and ecosystems of both Wyoming and elsewhere.
Below are current programs that the Biodiversity Institute is working on with a variety of researchers and partner organizations.
Black-and-Chestnut Eagles are majestic, endangered residents of the cloudforests of the South American Andes. This University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute-funded project will monitor nesting sites in the Tandayapa valley of western Ecuador.
The University of Wyoming Biodiversity institute has created a Research Fellowship to: (1) identifying important issues of applied raptor ecology that already have strong scientific understanding; (2) synthesizing that information in effective ways for application by managers and policy-makers; (3) identifying other priority questions that could, if addressed through novel research, advance raptor management and conservation in the near term; and (4) discover and present opportunities for synergy among ongoing raptor conservation and management efforts.