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Research that Matters

Andrew Larson - Survey Yosemite PlotOur research faculty and graduate students produce award-winning and important work to address pressing natural resource issues.

Some examples of recent research include:

  • Associate Research Professor Carl Seielstad and several grad students are measuring trees with a ground-based laser. The laser scanner helps them efficiently and accurately measure and quantify forest landscapes. Their data is being used in a variety of ways: to estimate tree crown biomass, for fire spread models, and to improve and automate fuel characterizations used for forest plans, environmental assessments, and fire plans. Read more about our wildland fire sciences and management program.
  • Wildlife Biology professor Mark Hebblewhite talks about his research findings on elk populations in the Bitterroot Valley, and a proposed study of mountain lions there in this Ravalli Republic article.
  • Forest ecology professor Andrew Larson and students spent a week in the Bob Marshall Wilderness earlier this month, studying how old-growth larch trees handle wildfire. Read the UM Kaimin article about their trip.
  • New CFC faculty member's study finds that over the past 50 years the earth has doubled its carbon absorption even as CO2 emissions have quadrupled. Incoming professor of bioclimatology Ashley Ballantyne's findings are published in the journal Nature.
  • Professor Diana Six and graduate students are investigating the relationship of pine beetles to their symbiotic fungi. As a beetle and fungus become dependent, their futures become intertwined. With climate change hurtling them toward the unknown, will the beetles' symbiotic fungi help or hinder their survival? Watch a video.