Incubation Projects (Year 1)

Year 1 EPSCoR Incubation Grants - Focus 1

  • Linking microbial processes to landscape-scale trace gas fluxes via hydrologic controls on soil chemistry in a forested Montana ecosystems (Dore (MSU), Gammons (MT-TECH), McDermott (MSU), McGlynn (MSU), Popp (U Hawaii-Manoa))
  • The role of antecedent conditions on snow physics and cold-season ecosystem gas flux (Adams (MSU), Miller (MSU), Dore (MSU), Stoy (MSU), McGlynn (MSU))
  • Water, carbon, and nitrogen dynamics in a floodplain riverscape: isotopic and sensor approaches to link biogeochemical cycles (Valett (UM), Payn (MSU), Brookshire (MSU), DeGrandpre (UM), Whalen (UNC))
  • The genomics of beetle-fungal symbiosis with massive implications for forest disturbance ecology (McCutcheon (UM), Six (UM), Cripps (MSU))

Project abstracts here

Year 1 EPSCoR Incubation Grants - Focus 2

  • Seasonality and sources of recharge water to the Nyack floodplain in relation to rates of biogeochemical processes and ecosystem function (Parker (MT-TECH), Gammons (MT-TECH), Valett (UM), Poole (MSU), Izurieta (MSU))
  • The sound of rivers (Lorang (UM), Maher (MSU), Philp (TerraEchos Inc))
  • Tree responses to drought: carbon reserves and associated trade-offs (Sala (UM), H. Thompson (UM), Kolb (UM))
  • Does watershed topography drive the response of terrestrial-aquatic ecosystems to disturbance? (_____)
  • Long-term water balance and nitrate biogeochemistry in cultivated alluvial landscapes of central Montana (Ewing (MSU), G. Shaw (MT-TECH), Brookshire (MSU), Gammons (MT-TECH), Jones (MSU), Stoy (MSU))
  • Controls on productivity and biogeochemical cycling in sub-alpine grasslands of the Northern Rocky Mountains (Brookshire (MSU), Ewing (MSU), Stoy (MSU), Weaver (MSU))

Project abstracts here

Year 1 EPSCoR Incubation Grants - Focus 3

  • Climate change vulnerability and adaptive capacity in Montana: Using multi-scaled, iterative scenario-building and social network analysis to investigate community decision-making under uncertainty (Yung (UM), Murphy (UM), Cleveland (UM), Dobrowski (UM), Eby (UM), Lachapelle (MSU), Shanahan (MSU))
  • Montana Anthropogenic Research Cooperative (MARC) project (______)
  • Drivers of forest structure and function on tribal lands of northwestern Montana: Interactions among climate, disturbance, ecosystem legacies and management (McWethy (MSU), Leighton (SKCC), Nelson (UM), Pederson (USGS), Heyerdahl (USFS))
  • Projecting climate change in Pacific Rim rivers: landscape scale influences on salmonid vulnerability using satellite remote sensing and genomics (Luikart (UM), Kimball (UM), Stanford (UM), Duffield (UM), Landguth (UM), Poole (MSU), Payn (MSU), Izurieta (MSU), Madsen (CDKCC), Muhlfeld (USGS), Boyer (MT FWP))
  • Direct and indirect responses to herbivory in semi-arid ecosystems: indicators of vulnerability to climate and land-use changes in the High Plains region of Montana (Litt (MSU), Callaway (UM), Dobrowski (UM))
  • Landscape systems and environmental change in Western Montana: a multidisciplinary approach to hydrology, ecology, and economics ( Maneta (UM), Crabtree (UM), Kellenberg (UM), Marshall (MSU), Hebblewhite (UM), Kimball (UM))
  • Identifying the factors and interactions that drive agroecosystems over sustainability thresholds (Maxwell (MSU), Bekkerman (MSU), Rew (MSU), Barroso (MSU), Belsky (UM))
  • Examining risk and resilience in the Crown of the Continent and Greater Yellowstone ecosystems: ecological, social, and ethical dimensions of water governance under conditions of climate change ( Dunkel (MSU), Halvorson (UM), Broberg (UM), Montagne (MSU), Almquist (UM), S. Thompson (UM), Scott (UM), Lyle (ProjectWET), Muhlfeld (USGS), Madsen (CDKCC), McKay (BCC))

Project abstracts here


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