Field study program in Yellowstone National Park, spring break, 2019

note: ESRM 459 does not fulfill requirements of the Marine Biology Major or Minor.

Are you interested in traveling to Yellowstone National Park over spring break?  Want to see wolves, explore US National Park Service management, put your GIS and wildlife skills to work, or catch and track a raven?  If so, then you may be interested in taking ESRM 459 with Professors John Marzluff, Aaron Wirsing and Monica Moskal.  To be considered for the class, please email Dr. Marzluff ( the following information before Feb. 18:

  1. Your name, major, and class standing.  Make sure to note if you are a student in the Wildlife Option at SEFS.
  2. A 5 sentence (or less) paragraph stating your motivation to join the class and what you hope to learn/experience in the class.

Upon our review we will issue add codes for the class, which can be taken for either 3 or 5 credits.  Previous trip schedules, which will be similar this year but during the current break dates (March 23-30), can be found at:

A nice overview of the trip from 2017 can be found at:

A summary follows:

During the class you will learn how to identify wildlife, study their behavior, and examine the human dimensions of issues that influence wildlife in the West.   When you return you work with a team to analyze data and prepare oral and written presentations of your research.  This year we will continue our work with National Park Service biologists to track ravens and wolves and study their interrelationships.  We will continue a project started several years ago following elk to quantify their vigilance—their head up, ears forward looking for potential predators—and you will be able to relate this wary behavior to their location in the herd, body condition, and position on the landscape.  As in the past, we also will meet with park biologists studying bison.  With luck we will have another roasted succulent deer leg for a group BBQ.  We will also visit with lifelong Montana ranchers Tom Milesnik and Hilary, Malou, or Hannibal Anderson.  They will discuss their views of predators, people, and the changing West.  They innovated a number of improvements to their land so that they can raise cattle and provide quality wildlife habitat.

We look forward to hearing from you.