Fall Semester 2023
Thursdays 3:30-4:30

Live talks will be held in 304 Lewis Hall unless otherwise noted.  Please check the individual seminars below for information on which seminars will be live and/or virtual. In-person seminars will not be offered virtually, and are not recorded.

Undergraduate students may get credit for attending/viewing seminars and writing critiques in course BIOE 494, a 1-credit, fall-only course. Please see your advisor if interested.  

Date Seminar Details More Info

August 24

Department Introductions
Lab group introductions, graduate students explain their current research

Current Grad Students

304 Lewis


August 31

Sara Goeking, Ph.D.

Supervisory Biological Scientist at Rocky Mountain Research Station:  Inventory & Monitoring, US Forest Service

"Forest disturbance and scarce water in a changing climate:  Insights from broad-scale forest monitoring"

304 Lewis
September 14

Thomas Riecke, Ph.D.

James K. Ringelman Chair in Waterfowl Conservation, University of Montana: W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation

"Embracing heterogeneity in ecological models"


304 Lewis

*Special day/ time/location

Monday, September 18

1:10-2:00 PM


Ellen Welti, Ph.D.

Research Ecologist, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Insitute and MSU

"Consequences for Invertebrate Communities on a Changing Planet"

This special seminar is co-sponsored by LRES and Ecology,  Please note the different day, time, and location!


In person:  Leon Johnson Hall, Room 346

Virtual: https://montana.webex.com/montana/j.php?MTID=m5c5fd4e606b9b4f45676bb393dcced72

September 28

Jay Rotella, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Ecology, MSU

“Overview of the long-term population study of Weddell Seal in Erebus Bay, Antarctica”

304 Lewis

October 5

Madaline Cochrane, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral researcher, Cline Lab, MSU

"Individual and population responses to hydrologic variation in a headwater stream salamander"

304 Lewis
October 12

Brandon Peoples, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Fisheries Ecology, Forestry & Environmental Conservation Department, Clemson University 

"Positive interactions among stream fishes: new insight across spatial scales"


Virtual--also projected in 304 Lewis
October 19

Scott Creel, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Ecology, MSU

"Anthropogenic resource depletion and interspecific competition"

304 Lewis
October 26

Kim Ballare, Ph.D.

Research Ecologist, U.S. Forest Service

304 Lewis

November 2

Ted Grantham, Ph.D.

Associate Cooperative Extension Specialist and Adjunct Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management, UC Berkeley

"Restoring Functional Flows in California's Rivers"

304 Lewis

Also available via webex

November 9

Kristen Legg, M.S.

Program Manager at Greater Yellowstone Network

"Science Supporting Parks: Inventory and Monitoring in Your National Parks"

Byker Auditorium

Chemistry & Biochemistry Building

Also available via Webex

November 16

Ellen Whittle, M.S.

Bat Research Coordinator for the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database

"Sasquatch of the Sky: Characterizing Habitats of Cryptic Bats"


304 Lewis
November 23

Thanksgiving Break

November 30

Robert Peterson, Ph.D.

Department Head, Land Resources & Environmental Sciences, Montana State University

“The Tigers of Yellowstone: Insects in Extreme Environments”

304 Lewis
December 7

Jonathan Armstrong, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences, Oregon State University

"How cold-water fishes survive and thrive in warm river basins, examples from Oregon"

304 Lewis