Spring Semester 2023

Thursdays at 3:30-4:30pm in 304 Lewis Hall.  The talks will not be offered virtually this year.

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.


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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
Seminar Presentations

March 23


15-Minute Scientific Presentation with Slides

Kaitlyn Furey:  "Biomanipulation to Improve Fishing in Georgetown Lake"

Alzada Roche: "Climate Change Across Aquatic-Terrestrial Boundaries:  Effect on Giant Salmonfly Emergence"

Teodora Rautu:  "Forest-Water Relations:  Whitebark Pine's Role as a Key Hydrologic Regulator"

March 30

 No Class

April 6


15-Minute Scientific Presentation with Slides

Anna Kusler:  "Sprinting from Extinction?  Investigating the Limiting Factors of Zambia's Rarest Large Carnivore"

Elisabeth Krieger: "Elk in Prairie Landscapes: Habitat Use in Response to Hunting"

Parker Levinson: "A Population at the Extreme: Weddell Seal Pup Production Under Variable Environmental Conditions"

April 13


15-Minute Scientific Presentation with Slides

Kelsey Flathers:"Impacts of Drought and Soil Climate Legacy on Root Exudates and Carbon Allocation in Blue Grama"

Stephen Huysman: "Whitebark Pine Climate Change Refugia: Planting for Success Now and Into the Future"

Jacob Melhuish:  "Mind the Gap: Addressing the Great Information Need in Montana Bat Knowledge"

April 20

 10-15 Minute Whiteboard Presentations

Elisabeth Krieger:"Evaluating Elk Habitat During Hunting in Prairie Landscapes"

Kaitlyn Furey:  "It Takes Guts: Using Stomach Contents to Learn about Predator-Prey Dynamics"

Anna Kusler:"Large Landscapes and Low Densities: Investigating the Limiting Factors of Zambia’s Rarest Large Carnivore"

April 27

10-15 Minute Whiteboard Presentations

Jacob Melhuish:"Using Telemetry to Find Bat Roosts in the Last Best Place"

Kelsey Flathers:"Belowground with Blue Grama: Carbon Allocation, Root Exudation, and Soil Climate Legacy Under Drought"

Alzada Roche:"How Does Climate Change Affect Giant Salmonfly Emergence?"

May 4

10-15 Minute Whiteboard Presentations

Teodora Rautu:"Modelling Snowpack and Streamflow in Whitebark Pine Forests within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem"

Parker Levinson:"Investigating Environmental Influences on Trends and Variability in Annual Pup Production of Weddell Seals"

Stephen Huysman: "Whitebark Pine Climate Change Refugia: Water Balance and the Landscape"