Montana State University

Faculty Advisors for EES Program

2013-14 Participants

Assistant Professor, ECOLOGY Ph.D. 2008, Dartmouth College Community & pollination ecology; effects of environmental context (including climate, land use, wildfire, & invasive species) on plant-insect interactions.

Scott Creel

Professor, ECOLOGY

Ph.D. 1991, Purdue University

Behavioral endocrinology; conservation biology; population biology; social evolution; biology of carnivores.

Paul C. Cross

Wildlife Research Biologist, USGS NRMSC

Ph.D. 2005, University of California, Berkeley

Wildlife disease; epidemiological modeling; population dynamics

Assistant Professor, ECOLOGY Ph.D. 2004, University of Georgia Aquatic food webs and ecosystem; ecological stoichiometry; cross-ecosystem material subsidies

Cathy Cripps

Associate Professor, PSPP

Ph.D. 1995, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Study of the basic and applied aspects of higher fungi, particularly in extreme environments such as the alpine life zone and high-elevation smelter-impacted sites

Robert Garrott

Professor, ECOLOGY

Ph.D. 1980, University of Minnesota

Ecology; population dynamics; management; and conservation of mammalian species.

Robert Gresswell

Research Biologist, USGS NRMSC

Ph.D. 1994, Oregon State University

Salmonid habitat relationships; effects of fire on aquatic ecosystems; ecology of high mountain lakes

Christopher Guy

Affiliate Associate Professor, ECOLOGY

Ph.D. 1993, South Dakota State University

Applied fisheries science; population ecology; predator-prey interactions; fisheries management.

Andrew J. Hansen

Professor, ECOLOGY

Ph.D. 1984, University of Tennessee

Effects of natural disturbance and land use on vertebrate diversity; landscape ecology and management; computer simulation of forest dynamics; conservation biology.

Assistant Professor, ECOLOGY Ph.D. 2009, University of Colorado-Boulder

Plant physiological ecology, plant physiology, stable isotope biogeochemistry, climate change 

William P. Inskeep

Professor, LRES & TBI

PhD. 1985, University of Minnesota

Soil chemical processes important in agricultural systems and environmental sciences; fate and mobility of chemicals in the environment, and mechanisms of chemical adsorption, precipitation and dissolution in natural systems.

Michael Ivie

Professor, PSPP

Ph.D 1985, Ohio State University

Systematics of the Coleoptera and insect conservation biology.

Steven Kalinowski

Professor, ECOLOGY

Ph.D. 1999, Arizona State

Conservation genetics; evolutionary biology; wildlife and fisheries management.

Billie L. Kerans

Professor, ECOLOGY

Ph.D. 1989, Ohio State

Behavior; ecology and evolution of freshwater macro-invertebrates; assessing the impact of human disturbances on freshwater ecosystems.

Jeffrey L. Kershner

Director, USGS NRMSC

Ph.D. 1991, University of California, Davis

Aquatic ecology and fisheries

Matt Lavin

Professor, PSPP

Ph.D. 1986, The Univ. of Texas-Austin

Molecular systematics and biogeography of the plant family Leguminosae. The emphasis of my research is on the phylogeny, biogeography, and systematics of the plant family Leguminosae, including the cultivated species.

Rick L. Lawrence

Professor, LRES

Ph.D. 1998, Oregon State University

Teaching and research programs in the use and application of remote sensing technologies in managed and natural ecosystems.

Assistant Professor, ECOLOGY Ph.D 2007, University of Arizona Effects of human activities on wildlife populations and communities (including invasive species, changes in land-use, disturbance regimes, and climatic patterns); plant-animal interactions; restoration ecology; quantitative ecology

Clayton B. Marlow

Professor, ARNR

Ph.D. 1978, University of Wyoming

Identification and definition of the processes that create and maintain riparian ecosystems. Interactive processes between herbivory and vegetation with specific emphasis on water quality/erosion patterns.

Lucy Marshall

Assistant Professor, LRES

Ph.D. 2005, University of New South Wales, Australia

Quantitative analysis of hydrological data and processes, with emphases on uncertainty analysis probabilistic modeling, and risk analysis in water resources planning and hydrology.

Bruce D. Maxwell

Professor, LRES

Ph.D. 1990, Oregon State University

Invasive plant ecology in managed systems. Plant population and community ecology in agroecosystems and wildlands with an emphasis on applying science to solve management problems. Research approach often includes the use of simulation models to clarify and explore hypotheses associated with complex interactions associated with spatial and temporal plant population and community dynamics.

Timothy R. McDermott

Professor, LRES & TBI

PhD. 1989, University of Minnesota

Soil microbiology, focusing on plant-microbe interactions, biological transformations in soils, and microbial diversity in extreme thermal soils.

Thomas McMahon

Professor, ECOLOGY

Ph.D. 1984, Arizona

Wild trout management; fish-habitat relationships; winter ecology; conservation biology of salmonids.

Bret E. Olson

Professor, ARNR

Ph.D. 1987, Utah State University

Livestock use on the landscape on winter range; prediction of winter nutrient needs for livestock; grazing recommendations for controlling noxious weeds. Develop effective grazing recommendations for minimizing grasshopper outbreaks.

Duncan Patten

Research Professor, LRES

Ph.D 1962, Duke University

Dynamics of plant communities and ecosystems; desert to subalpine spruce-fir communities including riparian ecosystems that link the altitudinal zones together.

Research Scientist, Eco-Metrics, Inc.

Ph.D. University of Montana Integrate knowledge to understand the spatial ecology of stream and river ecosystems. Diverse interests include Landscape Ecology, Stream Ecology, Forest Ecology, Hydrology, Geomorphology, and Hydrogeolog. Most efforts relate to the study of flood plains and river networks in the emerging field of Fluvial Landscape Ecology.
Assistant Provessor, Ecology Ph.D. 2005, Duke University Terrestrial ecosystem modeling, vegetation dynamics, carbon cycle, disturbance, land cover and climate change impacts.

John C. Priscu

Professor, LRES

Ph.D. 1982, University of California, Davis

Microbial biogeochemistry in aquatic systems emphasizing the roles of nitrogen and phosphorus in microbial growth. Life associated with Antarctic ice and its relationship to global change and astrobiology.

Lisa Rew

Assistant Research Professor, LRES

Ph.D. 1993, University of Reading, Britain

Spatial distribution & dynamics of non-indigenous/weed populations & how to detect, map & model such populations, both in agricultural and natural systems.

David W. Roberts

Professor, ECOLOGY

Ph.D. 1984, U. of Wisconsin-Madison

Vegetation ecology, ecological modeling, multivariate analysis of ecological data.

Jay J. Rotella

Professor, ECOLOGY

Ph.D. 1990, University of Idaho

Ecology; population dynamics; habitat relationships; and management of avian species.

Mark L. Skidmore

Associate Professor, Earth Sciences

Ph.D. 2001, University of Alberta, Canada

Biogeochemistry and Geomicrobiology of Glaciated Systems

Bok F. Sowell

Professor, ARNR

Ph.D. 1989, New Mexico State University

Habitat ecology and management.  Wildlife and livestock herbivory.

David M Ward

Professor, LRES

Ph.D. 1975, University of Wisconsin

Microbial diversity, ecology and evolution. Fundamental studies of microbial population biology and community ecology in relation to principles of macroecology.

David K. Weaver

Associate Professor, LRES

Ph.D. 1990, McGill University

Chemical ecology and behavior, biological control, plant-insect interactions, and spatial ecology. Plant and insect semiochemical interactions

Molly A.H. Webb

Research Fishery Biologist, USFWS

Ph.D. 2000, University of California Davis

Reproductive physiology of fishes; physiological ecology; effects of temperature and contaminants on reproductive function of fishes

Cathy Whitlock

Professor, Earth Sciences

Ph.D. 1983, University of Washington

Paleoecology and climate change; long-term vegetation, fire, and climate dynamics in the western U.S. and southern South America; past human-fire interactions

David W. Willey

Research Assistant Professor, ECOLOGY

Ph.D. 1998, Colorado State University

Ecology; population dynamics; habitat relationships; and management of avian species.

Mark Young

Professor, PSPP & TBI

Ph.D. 1987, Univ. of California-Davis

Utilizing viruses to understand viral diseases and as model systems to explore cell biology; combining biochemical and genetic approaches with the tools of molecular and structural biology to examine the interplay of viral and host gene products

Cathy Zabinski

Associate Professor, LRES

PhD. 1991, University of Minnesota

Below-ground ecology of weed-invaded systems, metal-contaminated sites, and recreation-impacted high elevations sites; restoring impacted areas on both disturbed and undisturbed natural systems impacted areas

Alexander V. Zale

Affiliate Professor, ECOLOGY

Ph.D. 1984, University of Florida

Applied aquatic ecology; effects of hydropower and reservoirs on fish populations; fisheries management.