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About the Wyoming Unit

Elk in the Snow

The Unit conducts ecological research to help better understand, manage and conserve animal populations. Our applied research program builds knowledge about wildlife populations and communities by seeking general solutions to specific management and conservation challenges. Our ecological research interests are broad and we seek to understand animal behavior, population dynamics and community-level interactions.
Vast, wild landscapes that still support functional ecosystems are a hallmark of Wyoming and the West. Our work seeds to better understand how these systems work and how their functioning is altered by anthropogenic disturbance and habitat loss. By better understanding the ecology of the Western landscape, we hope to provide knowledge and tools to managers that seek to maintain healthy wildlife habitats ad communities.


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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 16

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 4

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 20

Scientific Publications: 70

Presentations: 128


Contact Us

Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Laramie, WY 82071-3166 Phone: (307) 766 - 5415 Fax: (307) 766 - 5400 Our University Web Site

Unit Leader

Matthew Kauffman
Dr. Matthew Kauffman

Dr. Kauffman grew up in rural southern Oregon, the son of a horse logger and an elementary schoolteacher. He received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Oregon in 1992 and his Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2003. Kauffman is a wildlife biologist with a broad organismal background. He has worked across a number of ecological disciplines, blending traditional fieldwork with ecological models to address conservation and management issues.

Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  2. U.S. Geological Survey
  3. University of Wyoming
  4. Wildlife Management Institute
  5. Wyoming Game and Fish Department