Belote, Travis

Senior Research Ecologist
Research Department, Northern Rockies Office
The Wilderness Society

Dr. Travis Belote earned his PhD in Biological Sciences from Virginia Tech in 2008 and serves as a forest ecologist in the Research Department of The Wilderness Society in its Northern Rockies Regional Office in Bozeman, Montana. His research focuses on questions related to how ecological communities are structured and their response to disturbance, land use change, natural resource management, and aspects of global change (including biological invasions).

Burchfield, James

Dean of the College of Forestry and Conservation; Professor of Natural Resources Social Sciences
College of Forestry and Conservation
The University of Montana - Missoula

Collaboration in natural resources management; monitoring environmental impacts; community perceptions of wildfire; institutional policies regarding wildfire.

Gresswell, Robert

Research Biologist
US Geological Survey, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center

I have been studying habitat relationships and life-history organization of cutthroat trout for more than 35 years. I am currently a research biologist with the USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center in Bozeman, Montana, and I am an affiliate assistant professor in the Department of Ecology at Montana State University. My interest in the role of disturbance in shaping the aquatic systems has led to research on the interactions among landscape-scale environmental features, instream habitat characteristics, and cutthroat trout abundance and distribution.

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).

ICN Graduate student researches microscopic pioneers of ecosystem succession

Wildfire is a common and prominent force that is constantly reshaping ecosystems in the Northern Rockies. The response of various species to wildfire has been heavily studied and is relatively well-understood. However, interactions among species after fire is a somewhat overlooked area of research. 

Ireland, Kathryn

Postdoctoral Researcher
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.

Kolb, Peter

Montana State University Extension Forestry Specialist
Department of Forest Management - University of Montana
Montana State University - Bozeman

Peter F. Kolb is the Montana State University Extension Forestry Specialist and an Associate Professor of Forest Ecology & Management at the University of Montana. He works with the faculty of both Montana State and the University of Montana. He earned his PhD from the University of Idaho in plant ecophysiology and forest and range ecology in 2004, his M.S. from Idaho in forest protection/silviculture in 1987, and his B.S. in Forestry from Michigan State University in 1983.

Legg, Kristin

Program Manager
National Park Service
Greater Yellowstone Inventory and Monitoring Network

Currently I provide oversight of an inventory and monitoring program of natural resources in national parks. The Greater Yellowstone Network is one of 32 networks across the National Park Service that supports science programs that are integrated into management decisions. We support work in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, and Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Prior to this position I was a chief of natural and cultural resource management in 3 national park sites and worked in numerous capacities in Yellowstone National Park.

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.

McMahon, Thomas

Professor of Fisheries
Ecology/Fish & Wildlife Ecology & Management Program
Montana State University - Bozeman

Research interests are fish ecology and management. I teach the following courses at MSU: WILD 201 Introduction to Fish and Wildlife, WILD 301 Principles of Fish and Wildlife Management (with Bob Garrott), BIOO 415 Ichthyology, WILD 513 Fisheries Habitat Management, and MSSE Ecology of Trout Streams (with Billie Kerans).

McWethy, David

Assistant Research Professor
Earth Sciences
Montana State University - Bozeman

I have been an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences since 2009, and prior to this, served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department since 2007. I received my Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Studies from Montana State University in 2007 (A. Hansen, advisor), a M.S. in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1998 (Advisor D. Waller) and a B.A. in Political Science and African Studies from St. Lawrence University in 1992.

Sala, Anna

Division of Biological Sciences
The University of Montana - Missoula

Plant Physiological Ecology: physiological basis of plant performance in the field, with a special focus on plant resource dynamics and its implications on plant life history strategies and plant responses to the environment.

1992 PhD Univ. Barcelona (Spain)

1993-1995. Post Doctoral University of Nevada (Reno and Las Vegas)

1995-Present DBS University of Montana

Shawn Crimmins

Forest Management
University of Montana

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.

Virginia Iglesias

Earth Sciences
Montana State University

Whitlock, Cathy

Professor or Earth Sciences
Earth Sciences
Montana State University - Bozeman

Cathy Whitlock is the former MSU Director of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems, a MSU IoE Fellow, lead author of the 2017 Montana Climate Assessment, 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.



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