Cyberinfrastructure (CI), the merging of technology, data, and human resources into an integrated whole, plays an increasingly important role in all areas of research computation, data-enabled science, collaboration, and outreach.  To be nationally and internationally competitive in the environmental and ecosystem sciences, it is critical that Montana develop and implement cyberinfrastructure that fosters integrated outcomes and increased research competitiveness in ecosystem sciences.  The MT-EPSCoR and IoE are developing, through a cyberinfrastructure plan, targeted cyber-collaboration and cyberinfrastructure by expanding the training and use of technologies and services in support of integrated project research, education, and outreach goals and increased research competitiveness in ecosystem sciences.  This plan will serve as a model for integrated statewide collaboration for a larger spectrum of STEM fields in Montana.  This plan targets a series of objectives:

  • Establish an expanded IoE Cyberinfrastructure Committee to work closely with the MT-EPSCoR RII Track 1 project science teams (that include education, outreach, and diversity components) to ensure objectives are met in communication and collaboration, research, data management, knowledge dissemination and outreach products to stakeholders.
  • Create an IoE public-access data portal that provides a direct means of singular discovery and access to project data, models, and information/outreach products.
  • Expanded training and use of CI cyber-collaboration resources to increase communication and collaboration among all project participants. 
  • Develop and implement a data management plan (DMP) for all integrated science projects.  This DMP will be made available through the IoE website, with hotlinks from the MT-EPSCoR website, to all ecosystems scientists in the MUS.
  • Develop and implement a model for HPC that supports ecosystem modeling.
  • Increase MUS engagement with national and regional cyberinfrastructure programs.

IoE Cyberinfrastructure Committee Members:

  • Kenning Arlitsch, Dean, Montana State University Library
  • Michael Barber, CIO, Montana State University Billings
  • Michael Braden, Biomedical and Phamaceutical Sciences, University of Montana
  • Jeff Braun, Computer Science, Montana Tech of the University of Montana
  • Adam Edelman, Interim CIO, Montana State University
  • Beverly Hartline, Vice Chancelor for Research, Montana Tech of the University of Montana
  • Clem Izurieta, Computer Science, Montana State University
  • John Kimball, Flathead Lake Biological Station & Numerical Terradynamics Simulation Group, Universitiy of Montana
  • Todd Kipfer, Montana Institute on Ecosystems (Committee Chair)
  • Pol Llovet, ITC Research Computing, Montana State University
  • Martha Peters, MT-EPSCoR PA
  • Matt Riley, CIO, University of Montana
  • Suzi Taylor, Extended University, Montana State University
  • Maury Valett, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Montana


MSU IoE Office

Montana State University
605 Leon Johnson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717
(406) 994-2374
MSU Director: Cathy Whitlock

UM IoE Office

The Universityi of Montana

The University of Montana
Davidson Honors College
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-4848
UM Director: Ric Hauer

Montana EPSCoR

Program Director:  Ray Callaway
Project Administrator: Todd Kipfer
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-2617

Montana University System

Montana University System

Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
2500 Broadway Street
Helena, MT 59620