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Montana climate researchers recommend summer reads

July 25, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN – In advance of its Aug. 22-23 meeting in Helena, the Montana Institute on Ecosystems is sharing a summer reading list for those interested in climatology and ecosystem science.

Researchers with the Montana Institute on Ecosystems, or IoE, are taking to Montana’s rivers, forests and plains to study the vulnerability of our landscapes and livelihoods to the effects of climate change. Their work takes them across ecosystems, from the crown of the continent at Glacier National Park to the Greater Yellowstone and beyond.

Including more than 20 titles from authors such as Bill McKibben, William Leroy Thomas and Elizabeth Kolbert, as well as blogs and other online resources, the list from IoE students and faculty showcases a huge array of scholarship on the issue of climate change. The list is available online: http://montanaioe.org/content/2013/readinglist.

The Montana IoE is a multi-institutional community dedicated to understanding complex ecosystems and the interconnectedness of people and nature. More information is available on the IoE website at http://montanaioe.org.

Scientists and researchers from across the state will convene in Helena Aug. 22-23 to discuss pressing environmental challenges facing mountain and high plains ecosystems and their communities during the 2013 Montana EPSCoR IoE Annual Summit.

The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is a program of the National Science Foundation that aims to strengthen research and education in science and engineering in the U.S. The Montana IoE, cooperatively run by Montana State University and the University of Montana, is the flagship program of the current Montana NSF EPSCoR award.

The event will showcase research progress and outcomes. The summit is also designed to expand statewide participation in the EPSCoR project across all components – research, education, diversity, workforce development, outreach and cyberinfrastructure – and increase visibility of the role and potential of IoE as a model of how a small-population state can excel in research and education and improve the lives of its residents.

The summit will be held at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel in Helena. To register, view an agenda or submit an abstract or poster for presentation, visit http://www.umt.edu/ce/cps/ioesummit/.

For more information call Montana IoE Program Manager Gay Allison at 406-243-2617 or email gay.allison@umontana.edu.

Contact: Martha Sellers, Montana Institute on Ecosystems, (406) 994-7568, marthabsellers@gmail.com.