Arctic and Alpine Environments

Apple, Martha

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Biological Sciences
Montana Tech of the University of Montana

Martha E. Apple, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Montana Tech of the University of Montana
Butte, Montana 59701, (406) 496-4575

Current Research Interests:
Alpine Plants, Functional Traits, and Climate Change
GLORIA Long-term Alpine Plant and Climate Change Monitoring Site
Effects of Very High Soil CO2 on Plants and Mycorrhizae at the ZERT Facility, Bozeman, MT.

Cripps, Cathy

Associate Professor
Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology
Montana State University - Bozeman

Our lab examines basic and applied aspects of higher fungi, particularly in extreme environments such as the alpine life zone and high-elevation forests. Currently we are focused on the ectomycorrhizal fungi associated with whitebark pine and the biodiversity/biogeography of true alpine fungi in the Rocky Mountains. Whitebark pine forests are in serious decline in the West due to blister rust, mountain pine beetles, fire suppression and climate change. This landscape scale changes from forest decline will affect hydologic dynamics at the top of watersheds.

Florentine, Caitlyn

Lab Manager
Earth Sciences
Montana State University - Bozeman

I manage the MSU Paleoecology Lab, headed by Cathy Whitlock. The Paleoecology Lab group studies fire and vegetation history of the Quaternary Period via sediment core charcoal and pollen analysis. My undergraduate degree is from Colorado College in Geology and my M.S. is from MSU in Earth Sciences. My masters thesis project focused on rock glacier distribution, deformation mechanics, and rock glacier ice as a microbial habitat. I continue to be interested in cryospheric processes and alpine environments, particularly glacier mechanics and the role that debris plays in glacial systems.

Watts, Jennifer

Assistant Professor
Land Resources and Environmental Sciences
Montana State University; Woods Hole Research Center

I study carbon cycle dynamics, surface hydrology, and changes in permafrost affected landscapes across Arctic-Boreal regions. My research interests include using satellite remote sensing data to inform terrestrial carbon (CO2, CH4) flux modeling, using information from eddy covariance to improve carbon emission models, and better understanding biogeophysical processes regulating greenhouse gas emissions in northern landscapes. When not in the office, I am usually somewhere in the mountains – backpacking, skiing, or mountain biking.


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