Christian Larson graduated with a B.S. in Land rehabilitation (2013) and a M.S. in Environmental Science (2016) from Montana State University. His master’s research focused on the non-native invasive species Bromus tectorum and its response to altered climate conditions in the sagebrush steppe of southwestern Montana. He is the lab and field manager for Dr.’s Menalled and Seipel of the cropland weeds lab. Currently, the cropland weeds lab has several large field projects underway at different agricultural research centers across the state. As the lab and field manager, Christian coordinates with research center personnel and oversees the implementation and execution of each project by undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, he mentors both graduate and undergraduate students on individual research projects, specifically focusing on invasive plant responses across climate/elevation gradients and competition between native and non-native plant species in greenhouse and field settings. He also works closely with Dr.’s Menalled and Seipel on cropland weeds research; currently the research is focused on the effects of farm management system on weed communities through time. Finally, during fall semesters Christian co-instructs a field based ecology course on biodiversity sampling methods and analysis.


Rew LJ, Brummer TJ, Pollnac FW, Larson CD, Taylor K, Taper ML, Fleming J, Balbach HE (2018) Hitching a ride: seed accrual rates on different types of vehicles. Journal of Environmental Management, 206:547-555. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.10.060

Larson CD, Lehnhoff EA, Noffsinger C, Rew LJ (2017) Competition between cheatgrass and bluebunch wheatgrass is altered by temperature, resource availability, and atmospheric CO2 concentration. Oecologia, 1-14. doi: 10.1007/s00442-017-4046-6

Larson CD, Lehnhoff EA, Rew LJ (2017) A warmer and drier climate in the northern sagebrush biome does not promote cheatgrass invasion or change its response to fire. Oecologia, 185:763-774. doi: 10.1007/s00442-017-3976-3


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