Fostering science-based land management on the High Plains of the Western United States

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About

The Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative, or UHPSI, is a science-based research program focused on land stewardship in the American West. At its core, UHPSI seeks to support research and management practices that embrace our ever changing ecological, social, and political landscapes with strength and resiliency.


UHPSI is housed at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (FES) in New Haven, Connecticut with a field office in Ucross, Wyoming.

OUR TEAM

charlie bettigole, ms

Program Director
As UHPSI’s program director, Charlie manages day-to-day operations in New Haven and at our western research office. He has a hand in guiding most of the projects that the team takes on, but particularly enjoys connecting with new partners.

Michelle Downey, MS

Assistant Director
Michelle worked on range and wildlife issues on public and private lands throughout the West for 8 years. As Assistant Director, Michelle connects Yale students to projects throughout the Rockies, assists students develop deliverables for western partners, and conducts research to address land management issues.

Sabrina Szeto, MF

Geospatial Analyst
Sabrina is UHPSI’s lead analyst, specializing in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, and cloud-based distributive computing. Her primary focus is on developing scientifically robust, web-based maps of sagebrush in Wyoming and beyond.

chad oliver, phd

Faculty Mentor
As Pinchot Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Chad acts as UHPSI’s faculty advisor. He oversees the Initiative’s broad execution, ensuring that research remains relevant, timely, and effective, while also supporting the broad dissemination of our findings.

Kris Covey, PHD

Lead Scientist, Lecturer in Forest Dynamics
Kris is UHPSI’s Lead Scientist. He helps guide the Initiative’s Western Research Fellows program, leading students through the process of developing top-notch presentations and publications based on their summer research.

Raymond Plank

Founder and Advisor
UHPSI is the brainchild of Raymond Plank, Apache Corporation Founder and Chairman Emeritus. Through his life in the West, Raymond established a very personal connection to the landscape that led him to establish the Initiative to explore landscape stewardship across the West.

Current Students

Current UHPSI Students
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