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Joshua Botti-Anderson - June 2018

In my previous report, I described the process we undertook to construct and place 16 trap-nests, which are being used to sample cavity-nesting bees and wasps in urban, as well as in agricultural and semi-natural habitats in and around Bozeman. At the time of writing, the project is in the midst of its data collection phase, where trap-nests are checked, and completed nests returned to the lab to be processed and stored.

Aimee Heffernan - June 2018

At the end of May our team began field training as it poured rain in the Gallatin Canyon. My advisor, Dr. Erik Beever, was wearing a fleece with an embroidered pika on it and seemed not to notice the rain even as my raincoat began the soak through. Peter, Lyman, Kenny, and I stood shivering as Erik explained how to use our compass, inclinomator, and range finder. The whole thing felt a little ironic since pikas aren’t surface active in the rain and we were being lectured on how to travel on talus safely even though we were in probably the most unsafe conditions. Wet talus = bad.

Natalie Sturm - May 2018

Salam o a3laykom! Hello, may peace be with you!

Hi, my name is Natalie Sturm, and I am junior studying agroecology.  I just returned from spending three weeks in Morocco.  Most of this time was spent in the High Atlas Mountains community of Zawiya Ahansal, where I conducted field work for my research project funded by the Institute on Ecosystems.

Lyman Dudley - May 2018

As average temperatures rise in the Rocky Mountains, ecosystems are undergoing changes as they have to cope with hotter temperatures, and in many regions, more arid (dry) conditions. The American pika, a small mammal in the ground squirrel family that lives in talus patches at high elevations, is one of the animals that is being most affected by these changes. Pikas are extremely thermally sensitive, that is to say, they need a very specific range of temperatures to survive and even moderately hotter conditions than what they are used to can kill them.

Austin Simonpietri - May 2018

My name is Austin Simonpietri, I am currently an undergraduate in the Ecology department studying Conservation Biology and Ecology. This summer I will be working with Dr. Trowbridge, an assistant professor, and Mallory Morgan, a doctoral student in the Department of Land Resources & Environmental Sciences. Mallory and I will be looking at pine tree defenses through a drought continuum of the species Piñon Pine (Pinus edulis).

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