Migration Corridors &
Landscape Connectivity Project

Project Description 

We are using geospatial modeling to determine existing ungulate migration corridors, landscape connectivity and integrity patterns throughout Wyoming. Our work focuses on the use of geospatial tools and modeling to determine a) where ungulate migration corridors occur in Wyoming, b) statewide distribution of existing intact landscapes, and c) how a and b relate spatially to each other.

In order to determine existing ungulate migration corridors, a combination of existing collar data on populations in Wyoming will be considered, as well as existing spatial data maintained by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD), based on collar data and best professional opinion. These will be used in combination with modeling techniques that include deterministic variables such as elevation, vegetation, phenology, and anthropogenic disturbances, among others.

Modeling existing intact landscapes will involve the incorporation of a variety of factors, including the weighted evaluation of all anthropogenic disturbances, from grazing and other agricultural uses to oil and gas development, transportation, and rural development.

In consideration of their relationship to each other, ungulate migration corridors and landscape connectivity and integrity, a variety of variables will be considered, including existing barriers to migration. 

This work is currently in its initial phase, and is being funded by the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources, Wyoming Wildlife: The Foundation, and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.  Future considerations for this work include evaluation of how migration corridors are considered in energy, agriculture, and rural development management decisions in Wyoming. 

Project Timeline

Phase I of this project began in January 2011, and will be completed with reporting in August 2012. Phase II will begin in September 2012, and be completed in July 2014.

Contact information

Teal Wyckoff, M.S. student
Dept. 3166 Wyoming Cooperative & Wildlife Research Unit
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071

Teal Wyckoff, Research Scientist, Data Manager, Web Coordinator
Dept. 4008 – Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center 
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
WyGISC Office: (307) 766-2213

 Teal Wyckoff


Teal WyckoffTeal Wyckoff is an M.S. student in the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit and Department of Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming. Prior to starting her research in January 2011, Teal received a bachelor’s degree with a dual major in Physical Geography/GIS and Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Wyoming's Department of Geography, and the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources. Teal is currently a Research Scientist at the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC), where she focuses on spatial data management, website coordination, outreach, and research. Her research has focused on a variety of topics, from semiarid landscape analysis using remote sensing, to cyberinfrastructure development to support carbon sequestration research collaboration, as well as web-based spatial decision support applications. Her previous experience in geospatial data management and manipulation and a keen interest in Wyoming wildlife and natural resources led her to her current work using geospatial modeling to evaluate migration corridor locations and use densities, as well as landscape connectivity and integrity related to anthropogenic disturbance and climate variability. Teal’s initial research is supported by the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources. This work will supplement the Western Governors Association (WGA) Western Wildlife Habitat Council’s (WWHC) Wildlife Corridor Initiative as well as the monitoring and management efforts of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Teal anticipates completing her degree in December 2013.  

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Project Funders

University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources

Wyoming Wildlife: The Foundation

Wyoming Game and Fish Department

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