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Montana State University faculty, Lindsey Albertson, assistant professor of ecology, and Geoff Poole, professor of land resources and environmental sciences, have received a $1.17M grant from the National Science Foundation to study net-spinning caddisfly and how those nets may help the overall wellness of the streams they live in. MSU Photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez Montana State Researchers Earn National Science Foundation Grant to Study Caddisflies and Stream Health

Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Environmental Biology, a pair of Montana State University researchers are setting out to prove caddisflies are more than fish food.

A National Science Foundation EPSCoR award of $20 million to a consortium of Montana colleges and universities aims to advance research and education in water quality. MSU Photo by Kelly Gorham Three MSU Research Teams Set to Improve Water Quality with New Funding

As part of a statewide effort to advance research and education in water quality, three Montana State University research teams have won funding for projects that could lead to more affordable water monitoring, new treatment methods and better understanding of contamination sources.

Dr. Richard Ready Dr. Richard Ready to Talk Feb. 19 on the Social Cost of Carbon as Part of IoE Distinguished Lecturer Series

A Montana State University researcher will discuss recent developments in how the federal government incorporates mortality and climate change impacts into its analysis of environmental policies.

Rob Davies, physicist and professor at Utah State University, will discuss how the climate crisis is changing our world today at a free lecture on Feb. 18. A master class and panel discussion on climate solutions will also be offered. Photo courtesy of Rob Davies. Utah Professor to Lead Climate Change Lecture and Panel Feb. 18 at MSU

Rob Davies, physicist and professor of professional practice at Utah State University, will present a lecture about how the climate crisis is changing our world today at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Inspiration Hall in Montana State University’s Norm Asbjornson Hall.

A group of individuals stand in a circle talking on a ranch in Montana (IWJV photo) New Research Finds Ranchers Consider Diverse Factors in Managing Their Land

In a new study published in Rangeland Ecology and Management, researchers explore the diverse factors that influence how ranchers manage their land.

Montana State University faculty Elizabeth Shanahan, left, associate professor of political science and Ann Marie Reinhold, assistant research professor in land resources and environmental sciences, along with other MSU faculty collaborators, have co-authored a paper that will be published in PLOS One academic journal about the power of narrative in risk communications. MSU Photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez MSU Team Quantifies the Importance of Storytelling in Crisis Communication

A Montana State University team has discovered that telling a story about a potential hazard engages the audience significantly more than delivering straight facts.

Dr. Ricardo Salvador presenting at 2019 AERO Expo at MSU Dr. Ricardo Salvador, MSU Faculty and Students Present at 2019 AERO Expo

From October 25 to October 27, the Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO) hosted their Annual Expo at Montana State University.

Dr. Lisa Rew Dr. Lisa Rew to present on invasive plants as part of IoE Distinguished Lecturer Series

A Montana State University researcher will discuss her insights gained from studying invasive plants during a November talk on campus.

Dr. Wyatt Cross Dr. Wyatt Cross to lecture October 28 about the ecology of Western Rivers

Montana State University ecology professor Wyatt Cross will discuss the ecology of rivers in the American West and the threats facing them at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, at the Museum of the Rockies Hager Auditorium.

AERO Expo Logo Sustainable Food and Alternative Energy Expo set for Oct. 25-27 at MSU

The Alternative Energy Resources Organization will host a three-day conference focused on sustainable food systems on the Montana State University campus Oct. 25-27. Registration is open to the public for single days or the entire weekend.

John Wendt Ph.D. Student John Wendt Awarded Graduate Research Innovation Grant from the Joint Fire Science Program

John Wendt, a graduate student in the Department of Earth Sciences at MSU, and Dave McWethy, Assistant Research Professor of Earth Sciences at MSU and Wendt's advisor, have been awarded a Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) grant from the Joint Fire Science Program's (JFSP) to support research into how Norther

Grasslands Collaboration 101 Grasslands Collaboration 101

The second annual field tour of the Grassland Resilience Working Group focused on community stewardship and development projects in Central Montana. We had the incredible fortune of assembling a group of 24 MSU faculty and graduate students (and friends) who took time away from classes, writing and family to travel 724 miles in 3 days.

Researchers from the Montana State University Land Resources Environmental Sciences department recently traveled to Alaska to collect data on thawing permafrost soils in boreal and arctic regions to hopefully further knowledge about permafrost's contributions to climate-change-inducing emissions of carbon dioxide and methane. Submitted photo. MSU Research Group Travels to Alaska to Examine Climate Trends

A team of researchers from Montana State University’s College of Agriculture traveled to Fairbanks, Alaska, this summer to collect data they hope will help advance understanding of how thawing permafrost contributes to boreal greenhouse gas emissions. The team included faculty Jenny Watts and IoE affiliate Scott Powell of the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, doctoral student Mary Farina and undergraduates Hailey Webb and Nathan Barnes. From July 27 to Aug.

Wildfires in the West are becoming inevitable, and communities that rethink what it means to live with them will fare better than those that simply rebuild after they burn, according to a new paper published this week in Nature Sustainability. Photo courtesy of Lily Clarke. Researchers from MSU, UM, and USFS publish paper on wildfire research in Nature Sustainability

Wildfires in the West are becoming inevitable, and communities that rethink what it means to live with them will fare better than those that simply rebuild after they burn. So says a new paper published in Nature Sustainability, research stemming from a collaboration among scientists from the University of Montana’s W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, Montana State University, the U.S.

Dr. Jakki Mohr UM Professor and IoE Affiliate Jakki Mohr Contributes to Publication on Ecological Restoration

The ideas of a University of Montana management and marketing professor recently contributed to genomic research by Australian scientists trying to improve ecosystem restoration efforts.

A Montana University System project funded by the National Science Foundation will research water quality at several sites in Montana, including the Upper Clark Fork River (pictured). Photo by Robert Payn, Montana State University. Montana CREWS Project Seeks Input from Water Professionals

A statewide project supported by the National Science Foundation is seeking input from professionals working in water-related occupations on their professional development needs.

Christine Foreman, left, and Heidi Smith, right, in the McMurdo Dry Valleys region of Antarctica during a study that lead to a 2017 paper about carbon released by microbes in glacial meltwater MSU Researcher Co-Authors Paper that Raises Awareness of Microbes' Importance to Climate Change

A Montana State University researcher has joined scientific colleagues around the world in calling for greater attention to microbes when studying and addressing global climate change. 

An image of a pit membrane, the cellular structure linked to slow growth, drought resistance and longevity in ponderosa pines Cell Structure Linked to Longevity of Slow-Growing Ponderosa Pines

A new study led by Beth Roskilly, a University of Montana (UM) alumna, and Dr. Anna Sala, Professor in the Division of Biological Sciences at UM and IoE affiliate, has linked cell structure to the longevity of slow-growing ponderosa pines. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), finds that "ponderosa longevity might hinge on the shape of microscopic valve-like structures between the cells that transport water through the tree." 

MSU Photo by Kelly Gorham NSF EPSCoR Awards Montana $20 million to Advance Research and Education in Water Quality

From MSU News and UM News Services: "The National Science Foundation has funded a new $20 million research and education project on water quality in Montana.

Workshop participants and coauthors at UM in May 2017 New UM Study Highlights Fundamental Challenges of Living with Wildfire

From UM News Service: Wildfires can have dramatic impacts on Western landscapes and communities, but human values determine whether the changes caused by fire are desired or dreaded. This is the simple – but often overlooked – message from a collaborative team of 23 researchers led by University of Montana faculty in a study published in the May issue of the journal BioScience.

MSU Climate Research to be Featured on PBS Series 'NOVA'

From MSU News Service: Research conducted at Montana State University will be featured on a new episode of the popular PBS series “NOVA” this Wednesday. The episode, titled “Inside the Megafire,” will include the research of MSU ecology professor Cathy Whitlock and her laboratory group, as well as footage of the researchers’ fieldwork in Yellowstone National Park and MSU’s Paleoecology Lab.

Dr. Bruce Maxwell IoE Co-Director Bruce Maxwell Wins National Award for Weed Research

From MSU News Service: "Bruce Maxwell, professor in the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences in MSU's College of Agriculture and co-Director of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems at MSU, received the Outstanding Research Award at the organization's annual meeting in New Orleans in February. 'It's a nice honor,' said Maxwell, who has been a member of WSSA since he was a graduate student in the '80s.

Grain by Grain Press Image "Grain by Grain" Lecture and Book Signing on April 23

Bob Quinn, an organic farmer from Big Sandy, Montana and Liz Carlisle, a Lecturer in the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University, will deliver a lecture on their new book Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at the Procrastinator Theater.

MSU graduate student Alex McMenamin gently coaxes new Carniolan honey bees into their new home at the MSU Honeybee Research Site and Pollinator Garden. MSU Researchers to Share Latest on Bees at April 18 Symposium

From MSU News Service: Montana State University researchers will share their latest bee science at an evening symposium that will include short films and a question and answer session with an expert panel. The annual Pollinator Symposium will take place at Inspiration Hall in MSU's new Norm Asbjornson Hall on Thursday, April 18, starting at 6 p.m. The event runs until 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Paris to Pittsburgh Film Poster IoE and MSU Office of Sustainability to Host Free Screening of Film "Paris to Pittsburgh"

Please join the Montana Institute on Ecosystems and the MSU Office of Sustainability on Monday, April 8 at 4 p.m. in the Procrastinator Theater for a FREE screening of Paris to Pittsburgha new film from National Geographic. From coastal cities to America’s heartland, the consequences of climate change are becoming increasingly evident across the country.


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