Boyd, Eric

Assistant Research Professor
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Montana State University - Bozeman

The distribution of microorganisms and the functions that they catalyze on Earth today is rooted, at least in part, to the numerous adaptations to occupy discrete ecological niches (e.g., multiplicity of environmental factors characterizing a microenvironment) that have played out over evolutionary time. Such responses are recorded in the extant distributional pattern of organisms, as well as the genetic record of those organisms.

Burkle, Laura

Assistant Professor
Montana State University - Bozeman

My research interests include understanding the consequences of environmental factors, such as climate change, invasive species, land-use change, and nutrient availability on the biodiversity of native plants and their interactions with animal mutualists and antagonists. In particular, I use a combination of observational, experimental, and theoretical approaches to examine the structure and function of plant-pollinator interactions at the community level.

Fishman, Lila

Associate Professor
Organismal Biology & Ecology, DBS
University of Montana

I am an evolutionary geneticist interested in the processes of adaptation and speciation in plants. I joined the UM faculty in 2003, after completing a PhD at Princeton and postdoctoral work at the University of Oregon and Duke University. My IoE-related research focuses on the genetic mechanisms and ecological correlates of divergence in traits such as flowering time and life-history, which are important for both current adaptation and responses to ongoing climate change.

Ivie, Michael

Associate Professor and Curator of Entomology
Montana State University - Bozeman

My research centers on the systematics, taxonomy, and biodiversity of beetles, with regional specializations on the Northern Rockies and West Indies. I curate the largest natural history museum in Montana, the Montana Entomology Collection. I teach Insect Identification, Biosystematics and advise graduate students.

Martin Kardos

Division of Biological Sciences
University of Montana

Miller, Scott

Associate Professor
Division of Biological Sciences
The University of Montana - Missoula

Research: We take an integrative approach to address central questions in evolution and ecology regarding the origins, maintenance and distribution of biodiversity, and its impacts on ecosystem structure and function, with a particular emphasis on temperature adaptation of cyanobacteria along environmental gradients.

Perkins, Alison

Adjunct Faculty
School of Journalism Radio-Television Production
The University of Montana - Missoula

Dr. Perkins' interests lie at the intersection of media and science education. She holds a MS in Wildlife Biology, a MA in Radio-Television Production, and a PhD in Forestry and Conservation from The University of Montana. Her research interests include ecology education, how people learn about science, and sources of ecological knowledge (especially media). Perkins also is an independent producer with The Broadcast Media Center, where she is actively pursuing productions that enhance understanding of ecology and the environment.

Six, Diana

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.


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