Spring Semester 2017
3:30-4:30pm, Lewis Hall Room 304

The basis of the Spring Ecology Seminar Series is BIOE 555, Communication in Ecological Sciences, a course in which Ecology graduate students gain experience presenting scientific information using a variety of communication methods. The seminar format and schedule are significantly different than the fall semester series, but the topics continue to be centered in ecology. Graduate students in the course prepare several presentations and topics presented in a variety of formats. The first four sessions consist of presentations focused on scientific papers, the next four sessions consist of no-slide presentations on each student's thesis or dissertation research, and the last session will consist of PechaKucha presentations. This format -- timed presentations, 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide -- gives students experience presenting complex science to lay audiences. The theme for each date's presentations and individual abstracts are provided a week in advance, as will be updated in the below schedule.

Attendance from campus and extended communities is encouraged and requested.
All who attend will be invited to evaluate each presentation.

Advance notice is requested so that accommodations can be made for special needs.
Contact ecology@montana.edu or (406) 994-4548.

 

Date Seminar Details
February 16
professional paper presentations

Shannon Hilty
Characterizing maternity roosts of bats and evaluating the effects of forest disturbance

Kyle Crapster
Understanding the Linkages between Unpaved Roads and In-Stream Sediment

Jennifer McCarty
Does thermal variation across a mountain riverscape shape the life-history traits of aquatic invertebrates?

February 23
professional paper presentations

Adeline Dutton
Conservation Propagation of Pallid Sturgeon: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Simone Durney
Understanding the Effects of Wildfire on Functional Traits of Pollinators

Nathaniel Bowersock
Using Camera Collars to Reassess the Foraging Strategies of Yellowstone Bears

March 2
professional paper presentations

Brent Cascaddan
Understanding the Effects of Mountain Pine Beetle on Elk Habitat and Nutrition

Allison Stringer
Our Dace are Numbered: Conservation of Montana Prairie Cyprinids

Michael Forzley
Factors Influencing Survival and Cause-Specific Mortality of Elk Calves

March 9
professional paper presentations

Kate Henderson
Interactive Effects of Climate Change and Eutrophication on Stream Food Webs

Daniel Kaus
How do introduced sportfish negatively affect recipient fish assemblages?

Michael Lance
Just Keep Swimming: Investigating Fish Movement in the Smith River Watershed in Central Montana

March 16

Spring BreakNo presentations this week.

March 23
no-slide presentations on student's
thesis or dissertation topic

Shannon Hilty
Characterizing foraging areas and maternity roost sites of bat species and evaluating the effects of forest disturbance

Kyle Crapster
Are estimates of road sediment contributions reflected in measures of instream sediment?

Jennifer McCarty
Aquatic insects: stream temperature determines life-history variation across a mountain riverscape

March 30
no-slide presentations on student's
thesis or dissertation topic

Adeline Dutton
Using food-web ecology to guide conservation propagation of Pallid Sturgeon in the upper Missouri River​

Simone Durney
Evaluating functional traits to understand the effects of wildfires on native pollinator communities

Nathaniel Bowersock
Using camera collars to reassess the foraging strategies of Yellowstone bears
April 6
no-slide presentations on student's
thesis or dissertation topic

Daniel Kaus
Evaluating the Feasibility of Non-native Walleye Population Suppression in a Wyoming Reservoir

Allison Stringer
Evaluating the distribution and threats to three native cyprinids to inform their conservation and management

Michael Lance
Quantifying Fish Movement Patterns in the Smith River Watershed in Central Montana

April 13
no-slide presentations on student's
thesis or dissertation topic

Kate Henderson
Interactive Effects of Warming and Eutrophication on Stream Food Webs

Brent Cascaddan
Understanding the Effects of Mountain Pine Beetle on Elk Habitat and Nutrition

Michael Forzley
Factors Influencing Survival and Cause-Specific Mortality of Elk Calves
April 20
PechaKucha presentations

Shannon Hilty
Furry Friends in the Sky

Kyle Crapster
Burning the Line between Natural and Anthropogenic Disturbance: A Historic and Contemporary Look at Wildfires in the Western United States

Jennifer McCarty
Cross-taxon Surrogates for Endangered Species Management: A Valuable Tool or Costly Temptation?

Daniel Kaus
Trouble in Paradise: A Minnesota Walleye Fishery in Crisis

Simone Durney
The Founding Females

Nathaniel Bowersock
Siberia's Top Predator

April 27
PechaKucha presentations

Adeline Dutton
From Hoonah to Hollis: Logging and Salmon on the Tongass National Forest

Allison Stringer
Trouble in Paradise: Deadly Predator Threatens Caribbean Reefs

Michael Forzley
Peer-reviewed Reptile Research in Montana: Or Lack Thereof

Kate Henderson
Rock Snot: How One Algae Species Got Our Attention

Brent Cascaddan
Modern Fur

Michael Lance
Rivers: Water's Journey Over Land

May 5 Finals Week. No presentations this week.