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Welcome - Registration is NOW OPEN


12th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem:

Crossing Boundaries in Science, Management, & Conservation

Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, Yellowstone National Park

October 6-8, 2014

A draft program has been developed but is subject to change prior to the conference. Dates and times of sessions, session speakers and keynote presentations may change. As events change, a new draft agenda will be posted. A final agenda will be available at the conference.


In the past 23 years since the first Biennial Scientific Conference, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem has been in transition, from both an ecological and a management perspective. Since 1991, this conference series has become the foremost scientific venue for researchers and management partners with a shared interest in understanding the geologic, cultural, and biological resources of the region.

This year's biennial science meeting focuses on the challenges and opportunities posed by crossing environmental, disciplinary, and jurisdictional boundaries in our quest to achieve one greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Throughout our region and across the globe, social-ecological systems are undergoing rapid changes that threaten wildlands and the biota they sustain. Yellowstone once again lies at the center of some key conservation discussions: Long-established political boundaries, though essential for administrative purposes, often cause obstacles to historic wildlife migrations and other ecosystem processes. Disciplines that have traditionally worked in isolation are now compelled to work together to address complex challenges around climate change. Changing cultural landscapes around core protected areas are demanding new collaborations and conservation partnerships. Large datasets, new technologies, and information transfer are crossing virtual boundaries and allowing us to perceive greater Yellowstone in new ways. To what extent are boundaries—both imagined and real—helping or hindering our ability to achieve conservation objectives and sustainable outcomes in the GYE?

Registration is NOW OPEN for the 12th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem!

Discounted conference registration rates are available through Sept. 5, 2014. To register, visit


There are several different registration options. You may register for the entire conference (general), for single day participation, as a participant (for presenters of papers, posters, and panelists), as a student (for those actively enrolled in an accredited college or university), or for the A. Starker Leopold banquet only (on Tuesday, October 7th). Registration includes all meals and reception events, with the exception of the A. Starker Leopold banquet. The registration site also includes an option to reserve a room at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel.

NOTE -- Special instructions for US Forest Service employees (due to issues with having 2 different types of charge cards for registration costs and lodging costs): For US Forest Service employees, please use your official Forest Service email address when registering online. Xanterra will identify FS employees from their "@fs.fed.us" email address. FS registrants need to provide one credit card when you complete the online form. Xanterra will use that card to charge your conference fees on October 1, 2014 as well as to guarantee lodging. Lodging costs will not be charged to this card unless you cancel or fail to arrive at the conference. Upon arrival you can present a different credit card at the hotel front desk to pay for your lodging.

For any questions on the conference or registration, staff may be reached at yell_conference@nps.gov, or by phone at 307-344-2210.


Did You Know?

Yellowstone Wolf.

There were no wolves in Yellowstone in 1994. The wolves that were reintroduced in 1995 and 1996 thrived and there are now over 300 of their descendents living in the Greater Yellowstone Area.