plant ecology

Ament, Rob

Road Ecology Program Manager
Western Transportation Institute
Montana State University

BS Horticulture, Iowa State University
MSc Biological Sciences, Montana State University.

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.

Burkle, Laura

Assistant Professor
Ecology
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.

Mandy Slate

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

Maxwell, Bruce

Professor of Applied Plant Ecology/Agroecology
Land Resources and Environmental Sciences
Montana State University - Bozeman

Dr. Bruce Maxwell is Professor of Aplied Plant Ecology/Agroecology in the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Science at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. He was Interim Department Head in 2008 and 2009. Bruce is a native of Montana from Hamilton. He attended MSU for a B.S. Degree in Botany and following a Peace Corps experience, received a M.S. Degree in Agronomy. Bruce returned to Montana State University in 1992 from the University of Minnesota where he was Assistant Professor of Weed Ecology in the Agronomy and Plant Genetics Department.

Nelson, Cara

Assistant Professor
Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences, College of Forestry
The University of Montana - Missoula

My research focuses on three primary areas: 1) effects of large-scale disturbance on understory plants and trees, 2) conceptual basis for restoration ecology, and 3) efficacy and ecological impacts of restoration practices. In addition to my research contributions, I serve as the Director of the College of Forestry and Conservation’s Wildlands Restoration Program and teach its five-course sequence on the science and practice of restoration.

Rew, Lisa

Assistant Professor
Land Resources and Environmental Sciences
Montana State University - Bozeman

My main interests are in the spatial distribution and dynamics of non-native populations and how to detect, sample and model such populations, both in agricultural and natural systems. I am also very interested in plant dispersal and how we can use this information to improve spread predictions.

Tanya Skurski

AY2011-12
Department: 
Land Resources and Environmental Sciences
College/University: 
Montana State University

Woods, Art

Associate Professor
Division of Biological Sciences
University of Montana

I am a physiological ecologist working at the University of Montana. My primary interests are in plant-insect ecology, and the physiological and biophysical details of their interaction. Currently, my lab group and I work at a field site in southeastern Arizona, near the Chiricahua Mountains, on a desert population of hawkmoths and several of their native host plants. More broadly, I'm interested in the physiology of invertebrates, applications of information theory to physiological ecology, and modeling species distributions.

Zabinski, Catherine

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

My work in belowground ecology takes place in the context of restoration, comparing disturbed, undisturbed and restored sites; in the context of natural extreme sites, particularly the thermal sites in Yellowstone National Park; and increasingly on questions related to sustainable agriculture. I am interested in mycorrhizal ecology, root system dynamics, plant-microbe interactions, and soil processes including decomposition and nutrient cycling.

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