IoE Rough Cut Science Series - Dr. Dave McWethy and Graduate Students
- Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
- Barnard Hall, 126 - view map
As part of the Institute on Ecosystems' Rough Cut Science seminar series, Dr. Dave McWethy and his graduate students will give a talk titled "Earth, Wind, and Fire: Ecosystem Response to Disturbance, Climate Variability, and Human Impacts" on Wednesday, February 20 at noon in Barnard Hall 126.
Dave McWethy is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University. McWethy's research focuses on how past and present climate variability, natural disturbances and human activities shape the structure and function of ecosystems worldwide. His research involves the analysis and integration of multi-scale records of fire, climate, and vegetation (i.e., lake and peat sediments) across biophysical, environmental and human impact gradients. One of the primary goals of this research is to develop a framework for understanding the vulnerability of ecosystems to shifting fire regimes resulting from rapid climate and land-use change.
Graduate students that will be co-presenting with McWethy include:
- Pico Alt (M.S.): Fire and vegetation changes in the Northern Rocky Mountains
- Nick Kichas (Ph.D.): Growth-defense relationships for whitebark pine across high-elevation mixed-conifer sites on the Flathead Indian Reservation in northwestern Montana
- John Wendt (Ph.D.): Influence of herbivore-fire interactions on long-term ecotone dynamics and associated ecosystem processes
- Peter Billman (M.S.): Direct and indirect impact of aridity and other climatic factors on montane mammals that live in fragmented populations
- Shelby Sly (M.S.): Past fire regimes and climatic change at high elevation sites on Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribal lands
Watch the seminar live at https://zoom.us/j/283795654.
- Institute on Ecosystems