climate science

Alexis Gibson

AY2012-13
Department: 
Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences
College/University: 
University of Montana

Andrea Stanley

AY2011-12
Department: 
Geosciences
College/University: 
University of Montana

Andrew Hursh

AY2012-13
Department: 
Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences
College/University: 
University of Montana

Annie Cooper

AY2013-14
Department: 
Systems Ecology
College/University: 
University of Montana

Apple, Martha

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

BIOSKETCH
Martha E. Apple, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Montana Tech of the University of Montana
Butte, Montana 59701
mapple@mtech.edu, (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.

Ballantyne, Ashley

Assistant Professor
Ecosystem and Conservation Science
The University of Montana - Missoula

I am interested in the interaction between climate and biology over a range of time scales.

Beever, Erik

Research Ecologist
Dept. of Ecology
U.S. Geological Survey, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center

After completing my B.S. in Biological Sciences at U.C. Davis and my Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology at Univ. of NV, Reno under Drs. Joel Berger and Peter Brussard, I performed postdoctoral research under Dr. Dennis Murphy (in montane biodiversity) and Dr. David Pyke (in aridlands and rangeland ecologies).

Bhiwapurkar, Pravin

Assistant Professor
School of Architecture
Montana State University

My research is at the intersection of changing urban climate, urban design and urban building energy use in order to mitigate negative environmental effects of urban built environment. This research contributes towards understanding the role of built environment through morphological and materials perspectives that create unique urban micro-climatic conditions, which significantly influence energy, environmental and sustainable performance.

Bordokoff, Peter

Climate Change Adaptation Scientist
Geography
The University of Montana

To be completed later

Bosak, Keith

Associate Professor
College of Forestry and conservation
The university of Montana

Nature-based tourism
Ecotourism
Community development
International conservation and development
Geographies of Tourism
GIS
people and protected areas
climate change
mountain geography

Climate in My Backyard summer camp session immerses kids grades 5–7 in climate and ecosystem science

Dan Vanderpool teaches students about pine beetles.

Whether you ski, float, farm or fish, the climate affects you and your ecosystem – from microbes to entire watersheds. That was the main message conveyed to participants in the June 2013 IoE session of Montana State University’s weeklong Peaks & Potentials camp for high ability kids entering grades 5, 6 and 7.

Cross, Molly

Climate Change Adaptation Scientist
North America Program
Wildlife Conservation Society

Molly Cross is the Climate Change Adaptation Coordinator for the North America Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Her work focuses on bringing together experts in the fields of climate change, ecology, conservation-planning and land management to translate broad-brush climate change adaptation strategies into on-the-ground conservation actions. Molly is leading scenario-based climate change planning efforts involving government agencies and diverse stakeholders at several landscapes across North America--including the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, northern U.S.

Dore, John

Associate Research Professor
Land Resources & Environmental Sciences
Montana State University - Bozeman

My research focuses on understanding physical and chemical influences on ecosystem structure and dynamics and associated feedback mechanisms. I am particularly interested in climate variability and its influence on biogeochemistry and the cycling of greenhouse gases.

Edwards, Robert L.

Project Manager
Land Resources & Environmental Sciences
MSU-Bozeman

MS 1985, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Curriculum in Ecology.
SB 1978, Cornell University. Ecology and Systematics.
I have worked in a technical capacity with a broad array of ecosystem research, from upland catchments to pelagic oceans, centering on interdisciplinary, process-oriented ecology.

Gannon, Paul

Assistant Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Montana State University - Bozeman

My research focuses on high-temperature materials used in advanced energy conversion and chemical processes such as combustion, catalysis, and materials synthesis/separation/purification.

My education efforts focus on materials science and thermodynamics for engineering majors (2-500 level), and energy and environmental science for non-science majors (1-200 level).

Greenwood, Mark

Associate Professor of Statistics
Mathematical Sciences
Montana State University - Bozeman

Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Wyoming (2004). Research includes statistical methods in climate change, environmental and educational statistics. Statistical methods often are related to high time frequency multiple time series using functional data analysis and generalized additive mixed models. I am also interested in clustering, classification and regression trees, and permutation testing methods. I have experience running Montana State University’s Statistical Consulting Center and working on collaborative research in many different disciplines.

Gunnar Carnwath

AY2012-13
Department: 
Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences
College/University: 
University of Montana

Hansen, Andrew

Professor
Ecology
Montana State University - Bozeman

Andrew Hansen is Professor in the Ecology Department and Director of the Landscape Biodiversity Lab at Montana State University. He teaches macroecology to undergraduates and landscape ecology to graduate students. His research focuses on interactions among biodiversity, climate change, and land use, with an emphasis on landscape management and protected areas. He received a Ph.D. in ecology at the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr.

Heyerdahl, Emily

Research Forester
Rocky Mountain Research Station
USDA Forest Service

I am a dendroecologist whose work focuses on reconstructing multi-century fire and forest histories from tree rings and from 20th-century archival records and indentifying the drivers of their temporal and spatial variation (e.g., climate, land use, vegetation, and topography).

Ireland, Kathryn

Postdoctoral Researcher
Ecology
Montana State University - Bozeman

My primary research interest is understanding both the historical links and potential future interactions between climatic conditions, forest fires, and forest communities. I am particularly interested in applying simulation models to explore the potential impacts of climatic change on vegetation structure and composition and the resulting impacts on ecosystem function.

Leslie Jones

AY2012-13
Department: 
Division of Biological Sciences
College/University: 
University of Montana

Litt, Andrea

Assistant Professor
Ecology
Montana State University - Bozeman

My primary research interests include understanding the effects of abiotic and biotic factors on wildlife communities and populations, studying a diversity of animal taxonomic groups that will best help to answer the questions of interest, and collecting information that can be used to develop practical solutions to ecological problems and guide policy and management.

Loehman, Rachel

Research Ecologist
Fire Sciences Laboratory
US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station

My academic background and research experience include fundamental themes in ecosystems ecology, spatial statistics, landscape ecology, biogeography, and ecosystems ecology (MA Biogeography, University of New Mexico; Ph.D. Forestry, University of Montana. I am currently a Research Ecologist with the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station – Missoula Fire Sciences Lab. My work is focused on understanding and assessing interactions among climate, disturbance processes, and landscape dynamics, principally using ecological modeling tools.

McEvoy, Jamie

Dr. Jamie McEvoy
Earth Sciences, Resource Geography
Montana State University

I am a human-environment geographer with three streams of research interests: 1) using a political ecology approach to investigate the social, political, and economic drivers of water management and environmental change 2) assessing climate change vulnerability, identifying equitable adaptation options, and fostering adaptive capacity, and 3) using a science and technology studies (STS) approach to understand technological change and risk in socioecological systems.

Miller, Jennifer

Montana Program Manager
Northern Rockies Regional Office
The Wilderness Society

I currently serve as The Wilderness Society's Montana Program Manager, based in the Northern Rockies office in Bozeman, with primary responsibility for program work on the local Gallatin Range. I also work in TWS' climate program, which focuses on bringing credible, plain-language information about impacts to everyday Montanans who are seeing changes to the lands, waters, and wildlife that they love.

Moon, Twila

PhD candidate
Earth & Space Sciences
University of Washington

My research focuses on the mass balance of the Greenland ice sheet. Particularly, I am interested in how the hundreds of outlet glaciers around the margin of the ice sheet change. These changes are linked to atmosphere and ocean conditions, and present fascinating questions on 1-km and 100-km scales. Most of my work is conducted using observational data from satellites, so I'm familiar with remote sensing and GIS techniques that have a wide range of applications.

Munro, Greg

Professor and Director of Professional Skills
Law
The University of Montana - Missoula

JD UM 1975, 13 years private practice experience as civil trial lawyer in Billings, MT; Full Professsor of Law UM School of Law 1988 to present; Areas of legal expertise are insurance law, tort law, civil justice system and professional skills development and assessment.

Nathan Piekielek

AY2011-12
Department: 
Ecology
College/University: 
Montana State University

Olliff, Tom

Co-Coordinator
National Park Service
Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative

As co-coordinator for the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative, an area extending across 260 million acres, Tom Olliff is taking a broad view of land management and conservation, increasing dialogue across an international landscape, including federal, state, tribal, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and Canadian organization, to inform management of land, water, fish, wildlife, and cultural heritage resources in response to climate change and other landscape-level stressors.

Patrick Lawrence

AY2012-13
Department: 
Land Resources and Environmental Sciences
College/University: 
Montana State University

Pederson, Gregory

Research Ecologist
Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey

My research is focused primarily on climate variability and its role in driving biological and physical components of mountainous ecosystems of western North America. In addressing these issues I use instrumental and tree-ring based records of climate to assess the time intervals and spatial scales over which these processes operate. Of particular interest is the influence of interdecadal climate regimes, long-term temperature trends, and ocean-atmosphere teleconnections in driving observed changes in mountain snowpack, streamflow, glaciers, and forest disturbance events.

Phear, Nicolette

Adjunct Faculty
Climate Change Studies Program
The University of Montana - Missoula

I coordinate and instruct in the University of Montana's Climate Change Studies program, a minor degree program that offers students a multidisciplinary understanding in climate change, and involves them in developing solutions. I develop experiential learning opportunities for students through internships, practicums, and field courses. I have done research on the human dimensions of climate change, in particular how ranchers perceive climate change and how they have been able to adapt to drought.

Poulter, Ben

Assistant Professor
Ecology
Montana State University - Bozeman

Ben Poulter is an ecosystem ecologist and investigates how vegetation responds to climate change, land management, and disturbance using dynamic global vegetation models (DGVM). DGVM models combine species biogeography and eco-physiological processes to represent how ecosystems function in terms of the coupling between carbon, water, energy, and nutrient cycles.

Raile, Eric

Assistant Research Professor
Political Science
Montana State University - Bozeman

After working on international anticorruption issues for the U.S. government for a few years, I earned a Ph.D. in political science with specialties in public policy and comparative politics from Michigan State University. Subsequently I have held academic and research positions at North Dakota State University and Montana State University - Bozeman. My research has received support from the U.S. Department of Defense and the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Regan Nelson

AY2012-13
Department: 
Ecology
College/University: 
Montana State University

Shane Vatland

AY2011-12
Department: 
Ecology
College/University: 
Montana State University

Shawn Crimmins

AY2012-13
Department: 
Forest Management
College/University: 
University of Montana

Six, Diana

Professor
Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences
The University of Montana - Missoula

Diana Six, PhD, is professor of forest entomology and pathology in the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences at the University of Montana, Missoula, where her research focuses on just about every aspect of bark beetles possible from evolution, to symbiosis with microbes, to ecology, to management. In recent years, it has expanded to include how global change is affecting these ecologically and economically important insects and the forests within which they live.

Stahle, Laura

Graduate Student
Earth Sciences
Montana State University - Bozeman

My research seeks to understand history of fire through the Holocene in Tasmania, Australia. My work will contribute to the understanding of the role of fire plays in structuring the diverse plant communities present in the island's temperate rainforests. The primary proxies I use to reconstruct fire regimes and vegetation assemblages are charcoal and pollen preserved in lake sediments.

State Climate Office provides critical info to Montanans

The Montana State Climate Office is online at http://www.climate.umt.edu

The newly established Montana State Climate Office is working to provide targeted water and climate information to the people of Montana.

Study of climate, land use and invasive species in and near national parks yields projections on biome vulnerability

Professor Andy Hansen, Professor Steve Running and post-doc Nathan Piekielek, conducted a study on the impact of changing climate, how land is used and the presence of invasive species on Protected Area Centered Ecosystems, or PACEs, which are national parks and the area immediately around them.

Thoma, David

ecologist
Inventory and Monitoring
National Park Service

I am an ecologist for the National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program serving parks on the Colorado Plateau and the Greater Yellowstone Area. I develop and implement monitoring programs that deliver management relevant information about natural resources to park staff. My focus areas are remote sensing of vegetation condition, phenology, and snow cover interpreted in the context of weather and climate.

Thompson, Sally

Anthropologist
Dept of Anthropology
The University of Montana - Missoula

I've spent over thirty years working with the native tribes of the Rocky Mountain West. Trained as an anthropologist (Ph.D., CU, Boulder, 1980), I have worked as an archaeologist, ethnographer, and ethnohistorian. My dissertation research focused on assessing human adaptations to climate change at the Plains-Mountain interface of Wyoming and Colorado through the examination of Holocene archaeological data.

Virginia Iglesias

AY2011-12
Department: 
Earth Sciences
College/University: 
Montana State University

Wade, Alisa

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Geosciences
The University of Montana - Missoula

To be completed later.

White, Nadia

Associate professor
School of Journalism
The University of Montana-Missoula

Nadia White's work at the University of Montana has included ground breaking coordination with the School of Law to cover the criminal trial of W.R. Grace executives. Subsequent work with the law school provided coverage of the debate over the sale of Mountain Water, Missoula's public water provider, to a private equity firm. She teaches public affairs reporting, sports reporting and global current events in addition to graduate courses in science and natural resource journalism.

Whitlock, Cathy

Professor or Earth Sciences and MSU IoE Director
Earth Sciences
Montana State University - Bozeman

Cathy Whitlock is the MSU Director of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems and Professor of Earth Sciences.  She is nationally and internationally recognized for her scholarly contributions and leadership activities in the field of past climatic and environmental change, and she has published over 140 reviewed journal articles and book chapters on this topic.  Her current research sites extend from Yellowstone and the western U.S.

Yano, Yuriko

Research Associate
LRES
MSU

My general interest in ecological studies is to understand biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nutrients at plot, watershed, and global scales. In particular, I am interested in the controls of soil mineralogy, hydrology, and vegetation type on biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nutrients, the land-water interaction via biogeochemical cycling, and the long-term effects of human-caused changes (e.g., land-use change, pollution, and global warming) on the natural biogeochemical cycles and the function of watersheds, including riparian systems.

Yung, Laurie

Associate Professor
Society and Conservation
The University of Montana - Missoula

My teaching and research focus on the social and political aspects of conservation, with an emphasis on rural communities and public lands in the Northern Rockies. I serve as the Director of the Resource Conservation Program and as Associate Professor of Natural Resource Social Science in the Department of Society and Conservation. I teach NRSM 121S, Nature of Montana, NRSM 370S, Wildland Conservation Policy and Governance, and NRSM 570, Political Ecology.

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