For over two decades, we’ve brought human collaboration to a new level for our ecosystems: It’s not enough to know how the biosphere functions without also understanding the workings of the political arenas, whether in Washington D.C., academia, or large corporations. We’ve crafted over 50 written agreements—MOUs, MOAs, CRADAs—to join forces and resources with governmental agencies, NGOs, corporations, and academia. We’ve won 94 competitive research proposals providing collaborations with 26 colleges (six Native American) and universities that involved 38 faculty, supported or directly advised 57 graduate students, 11 post-docs, and over 100 undergraduate students. Plus, nearly 400 YERC-employed research techs—3 to 6 month field seasons each—and over 600 citizen scientists volunteering for one week. Together YERC's funded work has contributed more than 200 scientific publications and hundreds of other popular articles, conference presentations, and media outlets including documentaries, videos, nature films, and live TV appearances. We frequently seek out collaborators for help analyzing a dataset, funding a researcher, or applying our knowledge to a conservation issue in need of a final solution--which is what makes a collaboration different from simple cooperation. Our commitment is to provide rock-solid scientific knowledge in an understandable and useful way to all of our partners—academia, legislators, state and federal agencies, private industry, and the general public. And so when we bring our data, our analyses, our scenario options, and conclusions to the decision-making table as honest brokers, we expect all parties to work with similar intentions, allowing science to be the ultimate arbiter. That way, the institutions we collaborate with have the same high bar of integrity as we do. Here are a few groups with whom we have recently collaborated.
The Audubon Society has worked with YERC on a variety of waterfowl and Sage Grouse projects. YERC has supported YERC projects researching the Central Flyway migration region and Sage Grouse habitat modeling. Audubon has supported YERC Adaptive Impact Modeling (AIM) framework and is an active collaborator in YERC cutting-edge scientific approach.
Many of the advanced, landscape scale modeling that is performed by YERC utilizing NASA techonology. Our experience working with cutting-edge and advanced technology has provided us the opportunity to have many projects supported by NASA. Recently, advanced multi-sensor, continental scale ecological models were developed by YERC and NASA scientists using MODIS and LandSAT data.