Ken Sims

Ken Sims

Ken Sims is an isotope geology professor at the University of Wyoming. His educational goal is to prepare students to understand and safely manage the Earth and its resources for the future. He strives to provide an educational environment where students can learn to think, conduct research, apply their knowledge, and achieve success in a rapidly changing world.

The “Earthquake camp” of the Hayden expedition in 1871, located on the north shore of Yellowstone Lake near Steamboat Point. (Photo by William H. Jackson/Yellowstone National Park)

The complicated history of Ferdinand Hayden and the founding of Yellowstone National Park

By: and - November 1, 2023

The area now known as Yellowstone National Park — or the “land of the burning ground” — has been known to Indigenous people for at least 11,000 years. In fact, in 1805 the governor of the Louisiana Territory described a map drawn on a bison hide by an Indigenous American showing a “volcano” on the Yellowstone […]