Brad Carr of the Wyoming Center for Environmental Hydrology and Geophysics instructs (from left) UW students Matt Provart and Jorden Hayes in the use of electrical resistivity imaging equipment in Wyoming’s Laramie Range. (Steve Holbrook Photo)

Students from the University of Wyoming and Jackson State University (JSU) will team up this summer to focus on research projects involving hydrology, ecology, and geophysics.

According to a UW release, the students from both universities will be part of a field course from June 13th to June 27th. The release goes onto say most of the studies from the students will be done in the city of Laramie and Snowy Ranges.

“It’s a chance for them (Jackson State students) to see geography and ecological systems that are very different from what they are used to in Mississippi,” says Steve Holbrook, a professor in UW’s Department of Geology and Geophysics. “The climate here is arid. We have mountains, and different flora and fauna. We hope it is an enriching experience for those students.”

Ezat Heydari, a Jackson State Professor of Geoscience will come along with the JSU students on this trip to UW. Heydari says a visit to Wyoming will be a "lifetime opportunity for the JSU students.

“The mountainous topography, diverse geological structures, extensive outcrops and complex groundwater hydrology of southeast Wyoming are sharply different than the coastal plain geological framework of central Mississippi,” Heydari says. “Exchanges between students and faculty from JSU and their counterparts in Wyoming are extremely valuable aspects of collaboration.”

“Next year, the idea is to send our students to Mississippi to study organic soil and deciduous forests,” Holbrook says. “That will be enriching for our students.”

The University says the field course was made possible due to five-year, 20 million grant award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to the Wyoming Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. UW goes onto say the grant is the University's largest in their 126-year history.