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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.

Snowy mountain landscape Snowpack Levels Declining Across Western U.S.

A new study published in npj Climate and Atmospheric Science (Nature publication) shows that snowpack levels across the western U.S. have declined over the last 100 years. The team of researchers analyzed data from snow monitoring sites across the West and found declines between 15 to 30 percent with the largest impacts occurring in the spring due to warming temperatures.

Breeding Spring Wheat for a Changing Climate

As Montana’s climate is projected to warm in the coming decades, spring wheat breeders at MSU are focusing on conventional breeding techniques to boost tolerance to drought and hotter temperatures in spring wheat varieties.

Brown and white snowshoe hares on snow at a UM research facility (L.S. Mills research photo by Jaco and Lindsey Barnard) Mapping Adaptive Hotspots for Wildlife

Recent research published in Science has identified “adaptive hot spots” for species that change their coat color in the winter from brown to white. As a changing climate leads to reduced snow cover in the winter, certain species like the snowshoe hare will be negatively impacted due to coat-color mismatch and consequently increased predation. By identifying adaptive hostpots in which brown and white-coated individuals coexist in winter, the international research team, led by Dr. L.

The research will focus on the Upper Missouri River Basin (UMRB), which refers to the Missouri River and all its tributaries upstream of Sioux City, Iowa. New article in Science features WAFERx research

A new article in Science features the Water, Agriculture, Food, Energy, Research Nexus (WAFERx) project, with a focus on the project's research into bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) in the Upper Missouri River Basin. As the impacts of climate change become more pronounced in coming years, BECCS and other negative emissions technologies are looked to as a means of avoiding dangerous future climate scenarios by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Release of "Montana's Changing Climate" Online Educational Module

MSU Academic Technology and Outreach and the Montana Institute on Ecosystems are excited to announce the release of "Montana's Changing Climate," an online educational module that allows users to explore the key sectors from the 2017 Montana Climate Assessment as well as learn more about general climate science.

MSU Seeks Geocachers for Statewide Project

Interested in geocaching? Want to learn more about Montana's climate? MSU Academic Technology & Outreach and the Montana Institute on Ecosystems have launched a statewide geocaching project linked to the 2017 Montana Climate Assessment.

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.

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