Adams, Dean

Foundations Coordinator, Assistant Professor
School of Art, Ceramics
Montana State University - Bozeman

I am an artist working primarily with wood-fired ceramics. I have an MFA from the University of Iowa. My research in combination with my creative work includes exploration and use of local clay and glaze materials, sustainable and renewable firing practices with local fuels, and environmentally friendly kiln design. I coordinate and primarily teach the freshman year, where non-art students have access to art classes.

Bixenmann, Ryan

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Land Resources and Environmental Sciences
Montana State University

My research focuses on the chemical interactions that underlie trophic interactions with particular focus on plant-herbivore interactions and indirect defenses. Currently, I am investigating the use of perennial grass species as alternative hosts and pest management strategy for the wheat pest Cephus cintus. In addition to managing perennial grasses as a pest management tool, I am investigating how to manage the same grass stands to promote pollinator diversity through the addition of native floral resources.

Bowler, Jonathan

Education Program Administrator
Education Program
Swan Valley Connections

Following a passion for the landscapes, communities, and wildlife of the West, Jonathan has worked in a variety of outdoor pursuits including as a researcher for the National Park Service and a field instructor for the Colorado Mountain College.  Professional experiences across the West led Jonathan to pursue graduate education at the University of Wyoming where he earned degrees in Environment and Natural Resources, Planning, and Water Resources focusing on the human dimensions of resource use and management. 

Brody, Michael

Associate Professor
Montana State University - Bozeman

My research and education activities include interdisciplinary projects that have an educational research component. This includes research and education activities related to teaching, learning, curriculum and assessment. I am also engaged in a number of projects which have an international focus. Several projects involve native people and indigenous knowledge.

First of four online climate science courses for teachers launches

As part of its professional development programming for science teachers, the Institute on Ecosystems is developing four online graduate courses on climate science, which, together, will form an online 12-credit graduate certificate.

Kelly, Lynn

7th Grade Science Teacher/Wildlife Biologist
Montana Loon Society, President
Montana Loon Society

I recently retired after 35 years of teaching 7th grade life science at the Polson Middle School (otherwise known as PMS - we all had it ... it's the place where menopause meets puberty head-on on the highway of life). I earned my B.S. degree in Biology/field ecology from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo in 1975. In 1976-77 I earned my teaching certification from the University of Montana. In 1986, I took a sabbatical leave to attend Montana State University in order to earn my Master's in Wildlife Management.

Outreach partnership honored

Living Colors: Microbes of Yellowstone

An educational partnership between the Institute on Ecosystems and the Yellowstone Association received an honorable mention in the Visitors Guide category of the Media & Partnership Awards for the Association of Partners for Public Lands. Living Colors: Microbes of Yellowstone is available in all Yellowstone National Park bookstores to help visitors learn about the abundance of microbial life in the Park and its role in the larger ecosystem.

Thompson, Holly

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
The University of Montana - Missoula

I currently teach organic and biochemistry. Research activities have included work in the areas of cell and developmental biology with emphasis on tissue interactions and extracellular matrix, carbohydrate biochemistry, photosynthesis/photorespiration and development of methods and silica surface chemistry for HPLC. Service activities include NSF review panels, UM committees related to undergraduate education such as Chair of Academic Standards and Curriculum Review Committee, and advisory committee for the UM Energy Technology Program.

Ward, Tony

Assistant Professor
Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
The University of Montana - Missoula

To be completed later.


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