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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.



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