Department: Land Resources & Environmental Sciences
University System: Montana State University - Bozeman
Dr. Bruce Maxwell is a Professor of Applied Plant Ecology and 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. Bruce holds a doctorate degree in Crop Science and Forest Ecology from Oregon State University.
Maxwell has received national awards for outstanding teaching, best peer reviewed papers and outstanding graduate student from the Weed Science Society of America. During his career he has published nearly 100 scientific journal articles and book chapters, chaired and been a member on numerous agricultural and ecological research grant review panels and been a member of two National Academy of Science - National Research Council Committees.
His current research has two main focus areas: 1) Understanding the how different forcing variables and processes influence the rate of plant invasions, and 2) How changes in climate, crop price and input management may interact to drive agroecosystems over sustainability thresholds.