Our lab is like an ecosystem. It is more than just the headquarters in Bozeman,
Montana, or even the vast Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem that we work in, but also the diverse
mix of people—distributed over space and time but united by the landscape—working together as
a holistic body. From the full-time Staff of scientists, coordinators, and communicators in
Bozeman, to the Affiliates like graduate students, specialists, and dedicated volunteers
contributing talent to special projects, to the Alumni whose past work at YERC we continue to
appreciate and whose current work for research and conservation around the world we continue to
admire, our lab's community of people and relationships make YERC the dynamic, adaptive force
that it is. Though place- based—and quite frankly, what better place than Yellowstone?—the YERC
lab is more than just a place: it is the living, breathing spirit of Adaptive Ecology for all
of earth’s ecosystems.
Like any ecosystem, our lab does not exist in a vacuum. Both within and without the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, there are other agencies, universities, and non-profits working on Adaptive Ecology, and through collaboration we may draw on their talent and resources while strengthening the impact of our own work. Bringing a diversity of shareholders to the decision-making table has always been a part of YERC's vision, and by collaborating with others we ensure not only that our messages reach the policy- makers and managers responsible for making and implementing those decisions, but that we too may receive ideas, information, and practical knowledge messages and ideas from them. Along with the diverse mix of talent found in the YERC Lab and the role we've played sustaining conservation science with our Techs and Students, our long list of past Collaborators is one of YERC's proudest achievements, most valuable assets, and greatest strengths.collaborators
Succeeding in any ecosystem demands strong leaders at the head of the pack. Over the years, we’ve developed networks and relationships among and between the many individuals, communities, and organizations that share our vision. Within YERC, we use our Board of Directors for oversight, direction, and “door opening”. We’ve also created a Yellowstone Science Advisory Council (YSAC) that is a dynamic two-way engagement where mutual goals are shared and cooperative ventures are forged. YSAC members have all had a stake in the GYE, having been actively engaged in research here. In addition to receiving advice, we often jointly write proposals and papers, both scientific and popular. We share funding and resources like datasets, analysis capabilities, intellectual property, and graduate students. And most importantly we coordinate our efforts to synergistically inform decision-making and policies based on the best available science and shareholder expertise.advisors & directors
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