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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

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RM-CESU Current Newsletter:  September-October 2015

Past Newsletters: August 2015;  June-July 2015May 2015April 2015March 2015Winter 2014-2015Fall 2014Summer 2014April 2014March 2014


RM-CESU Announces the Annual Competition for Student Award  The RM-CESU Student Award recognizes "above and beyond” accomplishments by students involved in Rocky Mountains Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (RM-CESU) projects.  Nominations may be submitted by any representative of the federal agency that sponsored the RM-CESU project, or by the student’s RM-CESU university.

Nominations for Student Award are due July 15, 2015. The Award winner(s) will receive a citation and give a presentation on their project results at annual RM-CESU Fall Meeting in October. Nomination instructions.

MSU Undergrad Awarded Jerry O’Neal Fellowship for Bat Research in Glacier National Park  Cheyenne Stirling, an undergrad at Montana State University in Biological Sciences, is the recipient of a 2015 Jerry O’Neal National Park Service Student Fellowship.  Cheyenne will use her fellowship to support “Bats in Bats in Buildings: Assessing Human Structures as Roost Sites in Glacier National Park.” The objective of this study is to document the locations and types of roost sites occurring in human structures throughout Glacier National Park (GNP). This information will aid biologists in GNP on the impacts of white-nose syndrome should it arrive here. Study data will also help expedite the compliance review process for projects that seek to remodel, restore, or repair buildings by informing managers about whether the structure is, or has been, occupied by bats. If bats are using a structure, this study will provide park staff with the necessary information to develop mitigation measures to protect bats.

The Jerry O’Neal National Park Service Student Fellowship is named for the former deputy superintendent at Glacier NP, in honor of his dedication to science and research in the NPS. The Fellowship is for work in Glacier National Park, Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS, or Little Bighorn Battlefield NM. The competition is facilitated through the Rocky Mountains CESU and is open to students at all of the RM-CESU universities.  For more details contact Lisa Gerloff, Executive Coordinator of the RM-CESU at the University of Montana, at 

Climate Change issue of Yellowstone Science Features RM CESU Cooperators:
The March 2015 special issue of Yellowstone Science is titled, Ecological Implications of Climate Change on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystems, put together by Guest Editor Ann Rodman, Yellowstone NP.  The topics covered in this issue include natural and cultural resources research results, and a social science short article on how to measure visitors’ support for Yellowstone NP.  The RM-CESU cooperators whose results are featured in this special issue include, NPS, USGS, USDA-Forest Service, University of Montana, Montana State University, University of Wyoming, Colorado State University and University of Colorado Boulder.  The issue can be downloaded at Yellowstone Science.

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.