Alexis Gibson

Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences
University of Montana

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).

Cripps, Cathy

Associate Professor
Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology
Montana State University - Bozeman

Our lab examines basic and applied aspects of higher fungi, particularly in extreme environments such as the alpine life zone and high-elevation forests. Currently we are focused on the ectomycorrhizal fungi associated with whitebark pine and the biodiversity/biogeography of true alpine fungi in the Rocky Mountains. Whitebark pine forests are in serious decline in the West due to blister rust, mountain pine beetles, fire suppression and climate change. This landscape scale changes from forest decline will affect hydologic dynamics at the top of watersheds.

Kunkel, Kyran

Senior Scientist
Wildlife Restoration and Science
American Prairie Reserve

Dr. Kyran Kunkel is also an affiliate professor in the Wildlife Biology Program at the University of Montana and a research associate at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Kyran leads the science program for American Prairie Reserve where we are working in Montana to build and restore the largest wildlife reserve in the lower 48 states. We have countless opportunities and needs to collaborate with science institutions to assess ecological baselines, implement restorations, conduct basic research, monitor system responses and successes, and adapt.

Larson, Andrew

Assistant Professor
Forest Management
The University of Montana - Missoula

To be completed later.

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.

Rice, Peter

Research Ecologist
Division of Biological Sciences
The University of Montana - Missoula

My work focuses on planning and coordination of multi disciplinary studies in applied ecology and resource management with emphasis on invasive plant control, invasive aquatic plants, and native plant community restoration. I often examine the impacts of exotic species on biological diversity. Integrated weed management methods (herbicides, burning, biocontrols, revegetation) alter the competitive interactions between the target weeds and non-target natives. Related work includes exotic plant biogeography and GIS applications in weed management.

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.

Zale, Alexander

Professor and Unit Leader
Montana Cooperative Fishery Research Unit and Ecology
Montana State University - Bozeman

I lead, coordinate, and administer an applied fisheries research program addressing topics and issues of concern to the State of Montana and the U.S. Department of the Interior. Technical areas of special emphasis include restoration of native fishes, whirling disease, thermal ecology, population dynamics and effects of exotic fishes, and effects of environmental degradation on recreational salmonid fisheries. I advise graduate students and teach a graduate level course entitled Human Dimensions of Fish and wildlife Management.


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