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Institute on Ecosystems undergrads begin environmental research across Montana

June 26, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN – Seventeen undergraduates from the Montana University System and one student from Salish Kootenai College have received summer internships from the Montana Institute on Ecosystems to research environmental and climate change-related projects throughout Montana.

Students will work with faculty at Montana State University, the University of Montana and Montana Tech on a variety of projects, including invasive cheatgrass, Douglas fir, the influence of wildfire and fire history, honeybees, cicadas and westslope cutthroat trout.

The Institute on Ecosystems is a multi-institutional community with hubs at MSU and UM. IoE is the flagship research program of the Montana NSF EPSCoR program and is dedicated to understanding complex ecosystems and the interconnectedness of people and nature. Its internship program supports students who explore the effects of climate change in sustaining healthy ecosystems and economic growth.

“We are excited to support the next generation of ecosystem scientists,” said Ric Hauer, Institute on Ecosystems director at UM. “Their research will contribute to a better understanding of Montana’s complex species and landscapes, thereby helping to safeguard the environment.”

The students’ research findings will be presented at the undergraduate research symposium in Bozeman on Aug. 6, as well as via Twitter – follow @MTIoE and #ioesummer.

“The impacts from climate change can be felt in all sectors of our economy – from tourism to agriculture,” said Cathy Whitlock, MSU's IoE director. "These students are researching important questions that will help us be better prepared for the future.”

For more information on the Montana IoE interns and their projects, visit the IoE website.

Contact: Sandra Cavalieri, (406) 994-2374,