News from the Litt lab

News coverage/Outreachnews
  • Bears and rub trees - Hitomi Okada presented her research at the Student Research Celebration at MSU.  You can read the article in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle here or here.
  • Science Sleuth - Andrea talked about several projects that are making use of non-invasive sampling methods to understand changes in animal populations at a College of Letters and Science event featuring all 15 departments in the College. 
  • Demography of turkeys in South Dakota - Michael Yarnall was interviewed was interviewed for the podcast, "Today's Voices of Conservation Science". You can listen here.
  • Bat conservation in Montana - Shannon Hilty was interviewed for the podcast, "Today's Voices of Conservation Science". You can have a listen here.
  • Effects of prescribed fire - Andrea was part of a team that wrote a technical review for The Wildlife Society on the effects of prescribed fire on wildlife. You can read more herehere, and here.
  • A bear's-eye view - Check out the amazing footage from camera collars used in Nate Bowersock's work, which have been included this interactive coverage by National Geographic here.
  • Marmots speak - Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks developed a video about Ben Turnock's research, which was also covered in this article from the Great Falls Tribune.  
  • Searching for signs of roosting bats - Montana State University wrote an article about Cheyenne Stirling's undergraduate research here
Awards and other announcements
  • Hitomi Okada and Monique Metza both received funds from the Undergraduate Scholars Program at MSU to support their summer research projects on bears and bats, respectively.
  • Shannon HIlty and Michael Yarnall were awarded travel grants from the College of Letters and Science and Jacob Melhuish received funds from the Undergraduate Scholars Program at MSU to attend and present at the 2018 meeting of the Montana Chapter of The Wildlife Society in Butte, MT
  • Hitomi Okada was awarded funds from the Undergraduate Scholars Program at MSU to support her independent research project on bears and rub trees.
  • At the recent Ecology BBQ/Awards Banquet, Michael Yarnall was awarded a scholarship from the Shikar Safari Foundation ($4000), Shannon Hilty received the Don C. Quimby Graduate Wildlife Research Scholarship ($1950), and Megan Heinemann received the Jack Creek Preserve Wildlife Scholarship ($2500).
  • Megan Heinemann was awarded funds from the Undergraduate Scholars Program at MSU to support her independent research project on predation of fish by white pelicans.
  • James Waxe received a Graduate Enhancement Award from the Montana Institute on Ecosystems to support some of his isotope analyses.  
  • Shannon Hilty was awarded a EchoMeter Touch 2 at the recent meeting of the Western Bat Working Group, which will allow her to detect, record, and listen to bat calls in real time.  
  • Mary Levandowski was awarded $5000 from the University of Wyoming-NPS Research Station in support of her work on wetlands. 
  • Jacob Melhuish was awarded funds from the Undergraduate Scholars Program at MSU to support his independent research project on wild turkeys.  
  • At the 2017 meeting of the Montana chapter of The Wildlife Society, Thomas Sutton was honored with the Wynn Freeman Award and Shannon Hilty received a Small Grant Award to support her research on bats.  Way to go!
  • James Waxe will participate in a short course (Isotopes in Spatial Ecology and Biogeochemistry, SPATIAL) during summer 2017.  He also was awarded a scholarship to cover course fees.
  • Thomas Sutton and Michael Yarnall were awarded funds from the College of Letters and Science to attend and present at the 2017 meeting of the Montana Chapter of The Wildlife Society in Helena, MT.
  • Shannon Hilty recently was elected to serve as a Representative-at-Large for the Western Bat Working Group.  
  • Dr. Katie Banner joined the group in January 2017 as a post-doctoral researcher, in collaboration with researchers from the US Geological Survey and National Park Service.  She will be focused on improving statistical inferences based on acoustic survey data to inform monitoring and conservation of North American bats.  
  • Nate Bowersock received the Kenneth D. Lorang Memorial Award at the annual Ecology awards banquet in fall 2016.
  • Thomas Sutton received funding from the MSU Undergraduate Scholars Program in summer and fall 2016 to support his research with Michael Yarnall on Merriam's turkeys. 
  • Ben Turnock was honored with the Wynn Freeman Award at the Montana chapter of The Wildlife Society meeting in 2016.