Spring Semester 2022

Thursdays at 3:30-4:30pm via webex (please contact [email protected] for login information).

The basis of the Spring Ecology Seminar Series is BIOE 555, Communication in Ecological Sciences, a course in which Ecology graduate students gain experience presenting scientific information using a variety of communication methods. The seminar format and schedule are significantly different than the fall semester series, but the topics continue to be centered in ecology. Graduate students in the course prepare several presentations and topics presented in a variety of formats. The first four sessions consist of presentations focused on scientific papers, the next four sessions consist of no-slide presentations on each student's thesis or dissertation research, and the last two sessions are 6-Minutes of Science presentations, formatted for the lay audience on a topic not directly related to students' thesis or dissertation topic. The titles of the presentations will be provided a week in advance and listed in campus-wide seminar announcements.

Attendance from campus and extended communities is encouraged and requested.
All who attend will be invited to evaluate each presentation.

Advance notice is requested so that accommodations can be made for special needs.  Contact [email protected] or (406) 994-4548.


Today's Voices of Conservation Science Podcast Artwork Image


In addition to presentations, students are interviewed about their research and what inspired them to get into a career in conservation for the podcast “Today’s Voices of Conservation Science.” You can listen to the podcast on Buzzsprout or on iTunes or Stitcher.





Spring Seminar Schedule

March 3

(This session

begins at 4:15pm)

15-Minute Scientific Presentation with Slides

Fritz Kalakay:Assessing Effectiveness of a Revised Restoration Plan in the Custer-Gallatin
National Forest

Thomas Meinzen: Bees and Butterflies in Unlikely Landscapes: Roadside Pollinator Diversity of Idaho's Snake River Plain

Nathaniel Heili: Irrigation Ditches as Novel Ecosystems that Promote Ecological Connections
Across Aquatic-Terrestrial Boundaries

March 10

15-Minute Scientific Presentation with Slides

Anna French: The Influence of Ecosystem Engineering by the Invasive Signal Crayfish on
Stream Nutrient Cycling

Lauren Gedlinske:Floral Scent, Pollination, and Plant Reproductive Success

Katherine Sparks: Bringing Back High-Fives: Drought Effects on Two High-Elevation, Five-
Needle Fascicled Pines

March 17

Spring Break--No Seminar

March 24


15-Minute Scientific Presentation with Slides

Keith Wellstone:Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout Conservation in the Lamar River Watershed,
Yellowstone National Park

Coltan Pipinich: An Evaluation of Habitat Fragmentation Effects on Upper Missouri River
Brown Trout

Drew MacDonald:Understanding Juvenile Lake Trout Ecology Could Improve Lake Trout
Suppression Efficacy

Jessica Harris: Assessing Growth Traits and Ecotypic Variation to Predict High Elevation Pine

March 31


15-Minute Scientific Presentation with Slides

Cayley Faurot-Daniels:Assessing Temporal Changes of High Elevation Pollinator Communities
in Glacier National Park

Alyson East:Is Satellite LiDAR a New Instrument in the Toolbox of Measuring Amazonian

Carlisle Segal: Grassland Arthropod Communities in Relation to Vegetation Heterogeneity

April 7



April 14

 10-15 Minute Whiteboard Presentations

Jessica Harris:Using Physiological Traits to Understand Interspecific Variation in High
Elevation Pine Populations

Anna French:Stirring Up Change: The Effects of Invasive Signal Crayfish Bioturbation on
Stream Nitrogen Cycling

Lauren Gedlinske:Understanding Olfactory Cues in Floral Forage Selection

Fritz Kalakay: Methods to Assess the Effectiveness of Restoration Techniques in the Custer-
Gallatin National Forest

April 21

10-15 Minute Whiteboard Presentations

Katherine Sparks: For the Foxtails: Measuring Morphology to Inform Management

Thomas Meinzen:
Life Along the Road: Patterns of Pollinator Diversity in Southern Idaho

Nathaniel Heili:
Ditching Pristine Environments: Flux of Aquatic Insects in Agro-ecosystems

April 28

10-15 Minute Whiteboard Presentations

Carlisle Segal: Evaluating the Combined Factors of Bison Grazing and Vegetation Heterogeneity on Arthropod Communities

Coltan Pipinich:
Hear! Hear!: The Use of Ear Bones to Define Brown Trout Natal Origins

Keith Wellstone:
Sampling Strategies for Estimating Trout Abundance in a Medium-Sized River
System: Implication for Long-Term Monitoring

May 5

10-15 Minute Whiteboard Presentations

Drew MacDonald: Juvenile Lake Trout Ecology: A Black Box

Alyson East:
Satellite LiDAR Accuracy Assessment and Applicability to Amazonian Fire

Cayley Faurot-Daniels:
Flower Forensics: Methods of Detecting Arthropods from Floral-
Associated DNA