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The IoE is an outcome of the 5-year Montana EPSCoR Track 1 project. A long-term goal is to develop a sustainable long-term program that will advance higher education interdisciplinary environmental and ecosystem sciences goals for Montana. Working with the larger IoE communitiy of scholars and a newly established IoE advisory committee, we will continue to define long-term strategic activities and opportunities.
Current IoE activiteis is detailed in the IoE and MT-EPSCoR Integrative Goals, Objectives and Activities Plan (revised June 2016). The goals is listed below (see the attached plan for full details):
Goal 1. Investigate dynamics and vulnerabilities of Mountain and High Plains ecosystems through a portfolio of multi-scale research projects (Focus Areas 1, 2, and 3)
Goal 2. Ensure integrated research and outreach results across institutions and disciplines in ways that build permanent interdisciplinary capacity (Integration);
Goal 3. Ensure integration of social-ecological systems inquiry in the total portfolio of research capacity in this RII project and its key infrastructure effort, the Montana Institute on Ecosystems (IoE), to better understand ecosystems undergoing rapid change (Social- Ecological Systems Initiative).
HUMAN RESOURCE INFRASTUCTURE
Goal 4. Educate and train the next generation of professionals in emerging ecosystem sciences, including those pertaining to social-ecological systems (Education);
Goal 5. Expand and coordinate opportunities for knowledge dissemination and training to improve STEM workforce development (Workforce);
Goal 6. Engage the full diversity of Montana’s human and institutional resources in the achievement of the RII project goals and objectives (Diversity).
Goal 7. Implement new and integrate existing cyberinfrastructure to improve statewide (1) collaboration and communication, (2) education and outreach, and (3) research computing resources that foster integrated outcomes and increase competitiveness in ecosystem sciences (Cyberinfrastructure).
Goal 8. Create and maintain a science outreach network that increases the visibility of MT-EPSCoR and the IoE and engages IoE integrated science teams, Focus Area project outcomes, and statewide vulnerability to climate change assessment with stakeholders, focusing on resource managers, decision-makers, STEM educators, and the general public (Outreach).
MANAGEMENT AND EVALUATION
Goal 9. Develop the IoE as a collaborative structure and resource to improve statewide research, education, and science engagement capacity and competitiveness in interdisciplinary ecosystem and social-ecological system sciences (Collaborative Management);
Goal 10. Implement an integrated internal assessment and external evaluation program that allows for continual evolution, improvement and fine-tuning of the MT-EPSCoR programs and activities (Assessment).
Goal 11. Establish the IoE as a lasting statewide research, education, and outreach infrastructure (Sustainability)
Program Director: Ray Callaway
Project Administrator: Todd Kipfer
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
2500 Broadway Street
Helena, MT 59620