Mentorship Program

Training young wildlife biologists through our ongoing field projects is an effective method of developing projects and nurturing young scientists who will soon be taking leadership roles in our communities. Craighead Beringia South has student internship and graduate fellowship programs framed around its ongoing field research.

Student Internship:  Beringia South employs aspiring young wildlife biologists as field technicians on research projects. In collaboration with Jackson Hole High School, we are sponsoring high school students to participate in our field studies throughout the summer.

Graduate Fellowship:  Craighead Beringia South occasionally awards graduate fellowships to biologists that have been working on existing field projects for several years. We do not provide unsolicited fellowships. The student is given key responsibility over some aspect of a Beringia South research project, and senior staff members then perform the role of field mentor and academic advisor, usually serving on the student’s graduate committee. We guide the student through the formal steps of developing a research proposal, conducting the scientific inquiry, analyzing and interpreting data, and finally publishing the results. This is only part of their education. Just as important is our considerable effort in cultivating the fellows’ social skills of communicating with the public and building productive relationships with cooperating state and federal agencies. We fuel the development of their mental and ethical growth by challenge them to accept responsibility, cultivate teamwork and leadership skills, and by example, encourage a strong work ethic and an acceptance of diverse opinions and beliefs.

Educational Philosophy

Beringia South encourages and supports all forms of education, advocacy, and research that increase public awareness of environmental issues and builds public and a political consensus for a change in how humans relate to and use the planets’ resources. Furthermore, it believes that all scientists have a responsibility to make their scientific findings accessible and understandable to the general public. Ecological research has been and will continue to be the intellectual persuasive force for the conservation movement, providing the factual and conceptual stimulus for environmental education and advocacy. When programs of education and advocacy, inspired by the discoveries of science, can demonstrate clearly the social costs of environmentally destructive behavior, broad shifts in social attitudes and behaviors are possible. Participation in scientific formats as well as public education and policy debate are regarded as obligatory outcomes of scientific inquiry.

Past Graduate Students and Interns - Master and Doctorate Dissertations:

Peter Alexander - Enrolled in the M.S. program at the University of Utah (expected 2014)
     Non-Invasive Monitoring Techniques of Cougars

Sarah Schulwitz - Enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the University of North Texas (expected 2014)
     Genetic diversity in an isolated Greater Sage-Grouse population in northwest WY

Trapper Haynam - Enrolled in the M.S. program at the University of Montana (expected 2014)
     Modeling of Critical Habitats of Greater Sage-Grouse in Jackson Hole

Ross Crandall - M.S. Degree from the University of Montana (2013)
     Golden Eagle Nesting Ecology and Habitat Use

Jesse Newby - M.S. Degree from the University of Montana (2011)
     Puma Dispersal Ecology in the Central Rocky Mountains

Alicia Glover - M.S. Degree from the Miami University of Ohio (2010)
     An Internship in Conservation Biology with Craighead Beringia South

Travis Bartnick - M.S. Degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (2010)
     Prey Selection by Wyoming Cougars

Tom Rogers - M.S. Degree from the University of Montana (2010)
     Lead Ingestion by Scavenging Mammalian Carnivores in the Yellowstone Ecosystem

Vivian Bui - M.S. Degree from University of Washington (2009)
     Effects of Predation and Recommendations for Management on Two Wyoming Populations of Greater Sage-grouse

Susannah Woodruff - M.S. from Prescott University (2006)
     A Comparison of Wolf and Cougar Kill Sites in the Southern Yellowstone Ecosystem

Bryan Bedrosian - M.S. Degree from Arkansas State University (2004)
     Nesting and Post-fledging Ecology of the Common Raven in Grand Teton National Park

Crow White - M.S. Degree from the University of Montana (2002)
     Influences of Elk Management on the Common Raven Population in Jackson Hole, Wyoming