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Public Release of 2017 Montana Climate Assessment

The Montana Institute on Ecosystems is excited to announce the public release of the 2017 Montana Climate Assessment.

The Montana Climate Assessment (MCA) is a product of the Montana University System's Montana Institute on Ecosystems, in collaboration with the Montana Climate Office, Montana Water Center, and MSU Extension.The MCA, the first in a series of assessments, focuses on climate trends and their consequences for three of Montana's vital sectors: water, forests, agriculture. 

Montana Wheat and Barley Committee to Host Roundtable Focused on Ag Technologies

The Montana Wheat and Barley Committee (MWBC), in partnership with the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC), will host a farmers' roundtable discussion on September 14th from 1pm to 5pm at the GranTree Inn in Bozeman. 

Bruce Maxwell takes over as IoE co-Director at MSU

Dr. Bruce Maxwell, Professor of Land Resourcs and Environmental Sciences assumed the role of Director of the IoE at MSU on Sept 1, 2017. Bruce has been invovled with the IoE since inception and has extensive experience with interdisciplinary programs as MSU. He replaces Dr. Cathy Whitlock who will remain with the IoE focused on the Montana Climate Assessment.

MSU Undergraduate Interns Post Blogs

Take a look!  MSU's IoE undergraduate interns are starting to post blogs about their summers.  Their research is cool, and their dedication is inspiring.  Read Here.  

IoE Participates In Community Dialogues

"The Resilience Dialogues program provides resources and expertise to help communities build individualized plans for resilience in the face of climate change." -AGU News

Graduate Student, Matthew Weingart, awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Matthew Weingart, first-year M.S. student in Earth Sciences, has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) fellowship in the area of Earth Sciences – Paleoecology, specifically for his research “examining the relationship between climate, fire, and humans over the last 15,000 years in diverse forests where people have been living for at least 13,000 years on the Flathead Indian Reservation.” 

MSU Extension and student-run SNOW : Climate Science and Outreach Forum

 

UM Professor and Chapter Author of the MCA is Published in Journal "Nature"

UM Professor of Forestry and author of the Forests chapter of the Montana Climage Assessment, Ashley Ballantyne, has recently had an article published about carbon uptake and climate change.  The article, featured in the journal "Nature" is titled, "Accelerating net terrestrial carbon uptake during the warming hiatus due to reduced respiration."  This article was contributed to by fellow IoE faculty members Dr. Steve Running (UM) and Dr. Ben Poulter (MSU/NASA).

"Montana's Changing Climate" Webinar Course - Videos Online!

Authors of the Montana Climate Assessment, due out in August of this year, are giving a preview into their emerging findings.  You can sign up to see the webinars live, or check them out online after the fact.  We will update this post as the videos get posted online!

Video 1: Kelsey Jencso, MT Climate Office 

Video 2: Wyatt Cross, MT Water Center 

Video 3: Bruce Maxwell, MSU Agroecology and LRES

Viedo 4: Ashley Ballantyne, UM Forestry and the MT Climate Office

Whitlock, Menalled, and Maxwell Talk Climate With Sen. Tester, Bozeman Public

MSU professors Cathy Whitlock, Fabian Menalled, and Bruce Maxwell talked to an audience of roughly 300 on Friday, Feb. 10th, about climate change in Montana.  U.S. Senator Jon Tester listened closely, and added his take on the subject, as did Montana rancher and Farmer Erik Kalstra.  Read about it here.  

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