Spring Semester 2018
Thursdays at 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 two sessions are 6-Minutes of Science presentations, formatted for the lay audience on a topic not directly related to students' thesis or dissertation topic. 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 15
professional paper presentations

Benjamin Triano
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Denil Fishways for Arctic Grayling in the Big Hole River

Andriana Puchany
Assessing the Recovery: Westslope Cutthroat Trout and Arctic Grayling in Yellowstone National Park

Nicholas Voss
What Limits the Distribution of Lotic Smallmouth Bass?

February 22
professional paper presentations

Michelle Briggs
The Effects of Lake Trout Suppression Methods on Amphipods in Yellowstone Lake

Lauren McGarvey
Non-lethal Tools to Assign Sex and Stage of Maturity in Burbot

Heidi Anderson
Environmental Factors Influencing Salmonfly Populations

March 1
professional paper presentations

Michael Coryell
The Human Gut Microbiome Mediates Arsenic Toxicity in the Host

Milan Vinks
Density and Survival of African Lions in a Depleted Ecosystem

Ethan Lula
Bighorn Sheep Resource Selection in Montana

March 8
professional paper presentations

Michael Yarnall
Survival and Reproduction of Wild Turkeys in the Northern Black Hills

David Laufenberg
Biophysical Gradients Associated with the Performance of Whitebark Pine in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Jacob Williams
Native Fish Conservation: A Case Study in Yellowstone Lake

March 15

Spring BreakNo presentations this week.

March 22
no-slide presentations on student's
thesis or dissertation topic

Benjamin Triano
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Denil Fishways for Arctic Grayling in the Big Hole River

Andriana Puchany
Assessing the Recovery of Westslope Cutthroat Trout and Arctic Grayling in Yellowstone National Park

Nicholas Voss
What Limits the Distribution of Lotic Smallmouth Bass?

March 29
no-slide presentations on student's
thesis or dissertation topic

Michelle Briggs
Investigating Amphipod Populations in Yellowstone Lake

Ethan Lula
RSF for BHS: Quantifying Bighorn Sheep Habitat in the Madison Range

Heidi Anderson
How Does Catchment Topography Influence Patterns of Salmonfly Emergence?

April 5
no-slide presentations on student's
thesis or dissertation topic

Michael Coryell
The Human Gut Microbiome Mediates Arsenic Toxicity in the Host

Milan Vinks
Measuring Densities and Survival With a Sensitive Tool

Lauren McGarvey
Non-lethal Tools to Assign Sex and Stage of Maturity in Burbot

April 12
no-slide presentations on student's
thesis or dissertation topic

Michael Yarnall
Estimating Vital Rates of Turkeys in the Black Hills

David Laufenberg
Measuring Whitebark Pine and its Environment in the Greater Yellowstone Area

Jacob Williams
Identifying Aggregations of Invasive Lake Trout in Yellowstone Lake to Improve Suppression Efficacy

April 19
6-Minutes of Science

Benjamin Triano
Catch and Release for Threatened Species: Conservation Cost or Benefit?

Andriana Puchany
Eyevolution

Nicholas Voss
A Second Look at GMOs

Michelle Briggs
The Elwha River Dam Removal

Lauren McGarvey
The Story of Plastic

Heidi Anderson
Foraging for Fungi Edible Mushrooms in Montana

April 26
6-Minutes of Science

Michael Coryell
Green is the New Gray: How Greenspace Might Influence the Human Brain

Milan Vinks
Domestication Syndrome

Ethan Lula
Ice Patch Paleoecology

Michael Yarnall
Funding Wildlife Conservation and Management

David Laufenberg
Raptors in the Region

Jacob Williams
Wilderness Warriors

May 3 Finals Week. No presentations this week.