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Science talks from Institute on Ecosystems to be webcast

February 11, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN – Starting Wednesday at noon, presentations by scientists with the Montana Institute on Ecosystems will be webcast so that anyone in Montana can view the spring semester talks and submit questions for the presenters.

The talks are part of the Montanaf IoE's Rough Cut Science seminar series, which takes place on Wednesdays at noon and features scientists from Montana State University and the University of Montana. The “rough cut” concept is borrowed from the film world, in which directors draw feedback from an early edit, or rough cut, of their work. Montana IoE researchers will present their work, often in its early stages, so audience members can suggest ideas for new directions and interdisciplinary collaborations.

The series kicks off on Wednesday, with a talk by MSU’s Andrew Hansen, professor of ecology. He will speak on “Assessing Vulnerability of Ecosystems to Climate Change in the Northern Rockies.”

Additional talks will come from: 

  • Ben Poulter, ecology, MSU, Feb. 19;
  • Marco Maneta, geosciences, UM, Feb. 26;
  • Joseph Shaw, electrical and computer engineering, MSU, March 5;
  • Diana Six, forestry and conservation, UM, March 19;
  • Ryan Jones, land resources and environmental sciences, MSU, April 9.

Other talks will be added throughout the semester, and presentation recordings will be posted online. See for details.

To participate in the talks, go to at noon on the day of the talk. A broadband Internet connection is recommended.

The Montana Institute on Ecosystems is a multi-institutional community dedicated to understanding complex ecosystems and the interconnectedness of people and nature with offices at Montana State University and the University of Montana.

Contact: Suzi Taylor, MSU Extended University, (406) 994-7957,