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Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir forest burned in the 1994 Idaho City Complex Fire on the Boise National Forest in Idaho, and little regeneration has occurred since. (Courtesy of Kimberley Davis) New Study from University of Montana Focuses on Forest Recovery After Wildfires

A new study from researchers at the University of Montana focuses on the ability of low-elevation forests to regenerate after wildfires. The study, titled "Wildfires and Climate Change Push Low-elevation Forests Across a Critical Climate Threshold for Regeneration" and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that climate change makes it increasingly difficult for tree seedlings to regenerate following wildfires in low-elevation forests, which could contribute to abrupt forest loss.

Dr. Jean Dixon *EVENT CANCELED - IoE Fellow Jean Dixon to Discuss Soil as part of Distinguished Lecturer Series on March 11

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED BUT WILL BE RESCHEDULED IN LATE MARCH OR APRIL.

Dr. Jean Dixon, Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences at Montana State University, will deliver a lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, March 11, as part of the Montana Institute of Ecosystems’ Distinguished Lecturer Series.

Wildfire and smoke IoE to Co-Sponsor Two-Part Seminar Series on Climate Change and Human Health in Montana

The Montana Institute on Ecosystems, in partnership with the American Lung Association and the UM School of Public and Community Health Sciences, will co-sponsor a two-part interactive seminar series exploring human health and climate change in Montana on Wednesday, February 27 and Thursday, February 28. The program is geared toward health, medical, and policy professionals and students, as well as interested members of the public.

Landscape in Antarctica MSU Ecologist Jay Rotella to Speak on Antarctic Mammal Research as part of IoE Distinguished Lecturer Series

Jay Rotella, a professor in the Department of Ecology in MSU’s College of Letters and Science, will deliver “Insights from 40 years of Study on Earth’s Southernmost Mammal: Antarctica’s Weddell Seal” at 7 p.m. Jan. 30, at the Procrastinator Theater. Light refreshments will be served prior to the talk.

Dr. Diana Six. Photo courtesy of UM News Service UM Professor Diana Six Co-Author on New "Forest Health and Biotechnology" Report

Diana Six, a University of Montana Professor of forest entomology and pathology and IoE affiliate, is a co-author on a newly released report titled "Forest Health and Biotechnology: Possibilities and Considerations." The report was released January 8 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and

Dr. Cathy Whitlock Dr. Cathy Whitlock to Lecture at Museum of the Rockies on Jan. 15

Dr. Cathy Whitlock, Professor of Earth SciencesIoE Fellow, and Montana State University's newest Regents Professor, will give a talk titled "Looking backward, thinking forward: Perspectives of a paleoecologist" at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15 at the Museum of the Rockies' Hager Auditorium. 

Fall 2018 Newsletter Cover Fall 2018 Newsletter from MT NSF EPSCoR Highlights Research from RII Track-1 Project (2011-2018)

Montana NSF EPSCoR has released their Fall 2018 newsletter, a special issue that highlights research and work that took place during the 2011-2018 RII Track-1 project. The newsletter includes pieces ranging from a summary of the 2017 Montana Climate Assessment to research on lichens, the impact of bison re-introduction to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, and the success of the

Acoustic Atlas New Acoustic Atlas Project Highlights the Sounds of Montana Ecosystems

A new project from the Acoustic Atlas highlights the various sounds and noises found in four of Montana's major ecosystems. The project, titled "Sounds of the Wild West," allows users to scroll through an online Story Map and learn about different features of each ecosystem, including the flora, fauna, and humans that live there, along with a sound bite accompanying the text description.

Photo Credit: Shannon Hilty Dr. Andrea Litt To Give Lecture on Bat Conservation

Dr. Andrea Litt, an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology at Montana State University, will deliver "Going to Bat for Bats: Informing Bat Conservation at Three Scales" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 27 in the Procrastinator Theater (MSU SUB). Light refreshments will be served prior to the talk. The event is free and open to the public as part of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems' Distinguished Lecturer Series.

Joshua Botti-Anderson giving research presentation IoE Undergraduate Summer Research Experience Students Give Final Presentations

Nine MSU undergraduate students presented on their summer research experiences on Thursday, October 18 as part of the IoE's Undergraduate Summer Research Experience Program. As part of the session, each student gave a 10-minute presentation and then answered audience questions about their projects.

Dr. Clayton Marlow to Give Talk on Conserving Grass and Shrublands in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Dr. Clayton Marlow, a Professor in the Department of Animal & Range Sciences at Montana State University, will deliver "It Isn't Just Climate Change: Conserving the Grass and Shrublands of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem" at 7 p.m. Monday, October 22 in the Procrastinator Theater (MSU SUB). Light refreshments will be served prior to the talk. The event is free and open to the public as part of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems' Distinguished Lecturer Series.

Dr. Paul West Visiting Lecturer to Discuss Challenges and Opportunities for Feeding a Growing Population on a Warming Planet

Dr. Paul West, co-director and lead scientist of the Global Landscapes Initiative at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, will deliver “Sustainably Feeding a Growing Population on a Warming Planet” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Museum of the Rockies. Light refreshments will be served prior to the talk.

Dave McWethy IoE Fellow Dave McWethy Publishes New Research on Fires in South-Central Chile

Dr. Dave McWethy, an Assistant Research Professor in the MSU Department of Earth Sciences and Fellow of the Institute on Ecosystems, has published new research on fires in south-central Chile that examines some of the factors contributing to these fires, including climatic variables and human activity.

Students pull weeds at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch as part of Climate Class 2018 New Summer Field Course Focuses on Montana's Changing Climate

A new summer field course is allowing students to "take the pulse" of stakeholders across the state after the release of the 2017 Montana Climate Assessment last September. The three-week course, supported by the MSU Honors College, is led by Dr. Tony Hartshorn and Dr.

Carl Yeoman and student IoE Affiliate Publishes Breakthrough Research on Gut Microbes in Cattle

Carl Yeoman, an associate professor in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at MSU and affiliate of the Institute on Ecosystems, has published new research in Scientific Reports, a publication of the science journal Nature.

Lemhi Mountains in Idaho IoE Undergraduate Student Summer Research Blogs

Have you ever wondered about the diversity and abundance of cavity-nesting bees and wasps in Bozeman? Been curious about the impact of sheep and goat grazing in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco? If you want to learn more about these topics and others, then check out the blog posts from our 2018 IoE undergraduate summer research students

Lake Trout from Yellowstone National Park New Research Demonstrates Effectiveness of LiDAR to Detect Invasive Fish in Yellowstone Lake

New research published in the journal Applied Optics describes the potential of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology to locate invasive lake trout.

Dr. Andrew Hansen MSU Ecologist Awarded Fulbright to Work on International Conservation Project in Colombia

Dr. Andrew Hansen, a professor in the MSU Department of Ecology and Fellow of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems, has been awarded the Fulbright-Universidad Nacional de Colombia Distinguished Chair in Biodiversity and Sustainable Development. As a Fulbright Scholar in the Distinguished Chairs Program, Hansen will work on a project to help countries meet conservation goals outlined in the Convention on Biological Diversity 2010

Dr. Cathy Whitlock IoE Fellow Cathy Whitlock Elected to U.S. National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Cathy Whitlock, IoE Fellow and lead author of the 2017 Montana Climate Assessment, was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences according to an announcement made on May 1st. Whitlock is the first scientist from a Montana institution to receive this honor, in which members are elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. From a press release published by MSU News:

Our Shared Place Symposium Poster "Our Shared Place" Summit Examines the Changing Landscape of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

In a recent summit hosted by the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, land managers, conservationists, researchers, and students came together to discuss the changing landscape of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE).

Blackfeet climate change adaptation plan cover Blackfeet Nation Release Climate Change Adaptation Plan

The Blackfeet Nation recently released a Climate Change Adaptation Plan, the result of a planning process which began in 2016 and was led by Gerald Wagner of the Blackfeet Environmental Office and facilitated by the Center for Large Landscape Conservation. The plan addresses eight major sectors: agriculture, cultural resources and traditions, fish, forestry, human health, land and range, water, and wildlife.

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