Spring Semester 2021

Thursdays at 3:30-4:30pm

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, seminars will be 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.


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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.

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





Spring Seminar Schedule
February 25

15-Minute Professional Paper Presentations

Sean Hoy-Skubik — Physiological responses of high elevation conifers to environmental stressors   

Claire Bresnan — Drivers of movement in a social ungulate  

March 4

15-Minute Professional Paper Presentations

Kambwiri Banda — Impacts of snares on threatened wildlife species – lions and wild dogs

Elise Loggers — Assessing the efficacy of Yellowstone's bear management areas

March 11  

15-Minute Professional Paper Presentations

Kadie Heinle — "Assessing the effects of drought conditions and non-native brown trout on native Yellowstone cutthroat trout in a tributary system"

Ben Goodheart "Demographic responses of a subordinate carnivore when prey and dominant           competitors are reduced" 


March 18

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Cosima Porteus, Assistant Professor                                                                                   

University of Toronto

"Fish Physiology in a Changing World"

March 25

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Bob Garrott--Retired Professor of Ecology                                                                               

Montana State University

"An Integrated Science Project in Support of Bighorn Sheep Restoration and Management"

April 1


Break--No Seminar Scheduled


April 8


5-10 Minute Whiteboard Presentations

Elise Loggers--"The bear necessities: How do bears respond to limiting human access?"

Claire Bresnan--"How social networks might impact bison movement and behavior"

April 15

 5-10 Minute Whiteboard Presentations

Sean Hoy-Skubik--"Patterns of stress resistance in high-elevation conifers:  a physiological perspective"

Kambwiri Banda--"Demographic impacts of de-snaring threatened wildlife species--lions and wild dogs"

April 22

 5-10 Minute Whiteboard Presentations

Ben Goodheart--"African wild dogs are not competitively released by low lion density that is driven by prey depletion"

Kadie Heinle--"Investigating the effects of streamflow and non-native brown trout on Yellowstone cutthroat trout in a tributary system"