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Ecology Department News

July 2017 New! 

July 18, 2017, Ecology Assistant Professor Lindsey Albertson received funding with collaborators Erick Johnson and Katey Plymesser through the College of Engineering as part of their inaugural Thorson Excellence in Engineering Research grant program to support research. The group's grant title is "Quantifying the Flow Resistance of a Net-Spinning Caddisfly Silk Structure using Particle Image Velocimetry."

July 13, 2017, MSU celebrates Spring 2017 graduates by releasing names and hometowns of 1,512 undergraduates. The Ecology Department had 43 students graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, spread across three of our four major options. 6 students in the Conservation Biology & Ecology option, 30 in Fish & Wildlife Ecology & Management, and 7 in Organismal Biology. We also had 4 Graduate Students graduate: Carson Butler, Cody Deane, Egil Dröge, and Adam Kehoe. Congratulations to our graduates!

July 12, 2017, Ecology doctoral student Leonardo Calle won an Outstanding Student Presentation Award in the Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences Section of the International joint conference between the Japan Geoscience Union and the American Geophysical Union in May, 2017. His presentation was titled, "Process attribution of observation-model error via time-series segmentation analysis."

July 10, 2017, The Ecology Department is involved in an initiative to fund a Trout and Coldwater Fisheries chair as a part of MSU's What It Takes capital campaign. This chair will strengthen the department's opportunities for fisheries students to learn about trout conservation and to participate in important research in Montana's coldwater fisheries.

July 1, 2017, The Department of Ecology welcomes our new Department Head, Diane Debinski, to MSU! See the event announcement about Diane posted by the College of Letters and Science for more information about our incoming leader.

June 2017 

June 14, 2017, Congratulations to the 73 undergraduate students from our department that made Dean's List after Spring 2017 grades. The Dean's Honor Roll includes the students earning grade point averages of 3.5 or above for the semester.

May 2017

May 31, 2017, MSU news highlights fox vocalization research of Ecology undergraduate student Savanah Leidholt. Leidholt, Biological Sciences - Conservation Biology and Ecology major, presented her research as a part of the National Conferences of Undergraduate Research, held April 2017 at the University of Memphis. Kevin Jones, Biological Sciences - Organismal Biology undergraduate student, also presented his poster on The Evolution of Human Pregnancy at the conference. This conference will held at MSU in 2020, and is expected to host more than 4,000 students.

May 24, 2017, MSU News and the Bozeman Chronicle both report on Doctoral Candidate Tony Chang, recipient of a 2017 David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship. Chang, who will receive his Ph.D in Ecology and Environmental Sciences under Dr. Andrew Hansen's lab this summer, will go on to collaborate with researchers at Conservation Sciences Partners, Inc., Colorado State University, and NASA during his fellowship.

May 9, 2017, MSU News reports on Ecology Ph.D. student Maureen Kessler's recent Fulbright Fellowship award. Kessler will travel to Australia for her 10-month fellowship studying the Hendra virus in flying foxes, a large fruit bat. She is a part of the Disease Ecology Lab at MSU, advised by assistant professor Raina Plowright.

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April 2017 

April 25, 2017, MSU News highlights MSU alum Isaac Miller, who now works in the Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE) and who has received a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Miller earned a bachelor's degree in 2015 in Biological Sciences - Organismal Biology through our department, and worked for two years at the Bozeman Fish Technology Center. He will begin PhD studies in Fall 2017 through MSU's Molecular Biosciences Program where he will continue work with the CBE and Bozeman Fish Technology Center.

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March 2017 

March 10, 2017, The Ecology Department had a strong presence at the Montana Chapter of The Wildlife Society meetings in Helena during the week of March 6-10. Attending were 20 undergraduate students, 10 graduate students, and 3 faculty. Ecology students and faculty gave 8 oral presentations and several poster presentations. Three students received awards: undergraduate student Thomas Sutton (advisor Andrea Litt) received the Wynn Freeman Award, graduate student Shannon Hilty (advisor Andrea Litt) received a small grant from the Chapter to support her research, and graduate student Anthony Slominski (advisor Laura Burkle) received the award for best student presentation. Congrats!

March 2017, Yellowstone Science publishes several papers co-authored by Ecology graduate students and faculty. Students Colleen Detjens and Kurt Heim co-authored Preservation of Native Cutthroat Trout in Northern Yellowstone and students Alex Poole and Nathan Thomas, along with Drs. Chris Guy and Al Zale. co-authored Lake Trout Supression Alternatives to Gillnetting. Detjens was also the main author on a short in the issue entitled, Fly Fishing Volunteers Support Native Fish Conservation in Yellowstone.

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 February 2017

February 14, 2017, MSU News highlights a paper co-authored by doctoral student Elizabeth Flesch, interdepartmental student in both our department and the Department of Animal and Range Sciences. Published in the journal Ecosphere, the paper Comparing citizen science and professional data to evaluate extrapolated mountain goat distribution modelsfocuses on data gathered in Glacier National Park as park of its High Country Citizen Science Project.

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January 2017

January 30, 2017, Graduate student Leonardo Calle, along with his advisor Benjamin Poulter, have co-authored a paper published by Nature Geoscience: Historical carbon dioxide emissions caused by land-use changes are possibly larger than assumed.

January 27, 2017, Frontiers in Marine Science accepts paper, Using optical sensors on gliders to estimate phytoplankton carbon concentrations and chlorophyll-to-carbon ratios in the Southern Ocean, co-authored by Ecology graduate student Gilbert Ogunkoya.

January 12, 2017, Congratulations to our students that made the President's Honor Roll and the Dean's Honor Roll for Fall 2016 semester!

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