whitebark pine

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.

Eleanor Lahr

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

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