Biennial Scientific Conferences

Initiated in 1991, the Greater Yellowstone biennial scientific conference series encourages awareness and application of wide-ranging, high-caliber scientific work on the region's natural and cultural resources. With the active involvement of professional societies and other institutions, these conferences provide a much-needed forum for knowledge-sharing among hundreds of researchers, park managers, and the general public. They attract world-class speakers and are interdisciplinary by design.


The 14th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Tracking the Human Footprint, focuses on the human experience and the role scientific research and communication will play in shaping future management of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Hosted by Yellowstone Forever, the conference takes place September 11 to 14, 2018 in Big Sky, Montana. To learn more, register, or submit an abstract, visit

Past Conferences

For a copy of the proceedings from any of these conferences, please email us.

2016 - Building on the Past, Leading into the Future: Sustaining the GYE in the Coming Century (view conference information)

2014 - Crossing Boundaries: Science, Management & Conservation in the Greater Yellowstone (view conference information)

2012 - Greater Yellowstone in Transition: Linking Science and Decision Making

2010 - Questioning Greater Yellowstone's Future: Climate, Land Use, and Invasive Species

2008 - The '88 Fires: Yellowstone and Beyond

2005 - Greater Yellowstone Public Lands: A Century of Discovery, Hard Lessons, and Bright Prospects

2003 - Beyond the Arch: Community and Conservation in Greater Yellowstone and East Africa

2001 - Yellowstone Lake: Hotbed of Chaos or Reservoir of Resilience

1999 - Exotic Organisms in Greater Yellowstone: Native Biodiversity Under Siege (view conference information)

1997 - People and Place: The Human Experience in Greater Yellowstone

1995 - Greater Yellowstone Predators: Ecology and Conservation in a Changing Landscape

1993 - The Ecological Implications of Fire in Greater Yellowstone

1991 - Plants and Their Environments


Last updated: April 19, 2018

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