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12th Biennial Scientific Conference

Registration is NOW FULL. We are maintaining a waiting list. To be placed on the waiting list or for press inquiries, please send an email to yell_conference@nps.gov or call 307-344-2210.

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 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 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?

Did You Know?

Fire in Yellowstone Pineland in 1988

The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.