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Jerry O'Neal Fellowship: Matthew Larson, University of Montana

Avian Point Counts of Hayfields at Grant -Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site

Taylor Field at Grant-Kohrs Ranch

Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site (GRKO) is a working cattle ranch dedicated to historic preservation of the frontier cattle era. As part of the National Park Service, however, it is directed to conserve both its historic and natural resources.  The result is a working landscape that supports many native species of flora and fauna.

This project reflects GRKO’s mission: It informs best management practices of annual hay harvest with respect to grassland nesting bird species. Read More: Brief; Full Report

A field day

What's New

RM-CESU Current Newsletter:  April 2015

Past Newsletters: March 2015Winter 2014-2015Fall 2014Summer 2014April 2014March 2014; February 2014; December 2013/Janaury 2014


Aplication Deadline Extended - Jerry O'Neal National Park Service Student Fellowship Applications are now being accepted for the Jerry O'Neal Fellowship for work in Glacier National Park, Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS, and Little Bighorn Battlefield NM. The fellowship aims to provide educational assistance for students seeking to understand natural and cultural resources issues and how these interact with human values. Special consideration will be given to proposals that address the following:

  1. natural resource issues such as aquatic ecology, terrestrial ecology, fire ecology, invasive plants, and climate change
  2. cultural resource issues, such as history and architectural studies, cultural landscape reports, ethnographic research and archeology
  3. social science that informs resource management about a natural or cultural topic and/or that addresses visitor impacts to park resources

Competition is open to graduate students or superior upper division undergraduate students at RM-CESU universities and colleges only.  Awards range from $1000-5000. Application deadline exented to March 23, 2015. For details on the application process please click here.

RM-CESU Welcomes New NPS Research Coordinator and Science Advisor Dr. Brendan Moynahan will lead the RM-CESU for the National Park Service from the University of Montana based in Missoula, MT. Brendan comes to us from the USFWS National Bison Range in Montana where he served as a supervisory wildlife biologist.  Prior to that Brendan worked for the NPS as the I&M program manager for the Southeast Alaska Network, and for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as a wildlife biologist and Presidential Management Fellow.  Brendan holds degrees in political science (environmental policy) and ecology and received his Ph.D. in fish and wildlife biology from the University of Montana.  Brendan follows behind Dr. Kathy Tonnessen who retired in March.   

Upcoming RM-CESU and Partner Events

March 29 - April 2, 2015: 2015 George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural, Oakland, CA.

April 17-18, 2015: 3rd Conference of the North American Pika ConsortiumGolden, CO. Conference highlights a diversity of current research and monitoring efforts focused on pikas as an indicator species, including advances in understanding pika ecology and responses to environmental change.