A few University of Wyoming scientists will be joining an international team of 92 scientists and conservationists to create the first-ever global atlas of ungulate (hooved mammal) migrations, working in partnership with the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).

The detailed maps of the seasonal movements of herds worldwide will help governments, Indigenous people and local communities, planners, and wildlife managers to identify current and future threats to migrations.

The Global Initiative on Ungulate Migration (GIUM) will launch with the publication of a commentary, titled “Mapping Out a Future for Ungulate Migrations,” in the May 7 issue of the journal Science.

UW co-authors in the Science commentary include Kauffman; Jerod Merkle, a UW assistant professor of zoology and physiology, who is the Knobloch Professor in Migration Ecology and Conservation; and Kevin Monteith, a UW associate professor of natural resource science in UW’s Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources.

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