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Shawn successfully defended his Ph.D.!

Solomon has been awarded NSF funding to study glacial refugia

Currently accepting applications for an MS position

Dobrowski (2011) and Crimmins et al. (2011) were selected for Faculty of 1000 Biology and Crimmins et al. (2011) was featured in Nature Climate Change.

Our paper on plant species' elevation shifts was published in the January 21 issue of Science. News coverage is listed here.

Lab Members

SolomonSolomon Dobrowski, Assistant Professor

Solomon Dobrowski received a B.S. in Resource Management from UC Berkeley and an M.S. in Horticulture and a Ph.D. in Ecology from UC Davis. His research involves exploring linkages among climate, topography, fire, and vegetation. 

Email: solomon.dobrowski 'at' cfc.umt.edu

SolomonChris Dolanc, Post-doctoral Researcher

Chris holds a B.S. in Biology from Missouri State University and an M.S. in Botany from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio). He received his PhD in Ecology in December 2011 from UC-Davis, where he did research on growth and demography of subalpine conifers in the Sierra Nevada and climate change. Before his PhD, he worked as a researcher for the US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station in California. Originally from a family of musicians, he is a cellist and plays in symphonies part-time. Chris also runs a professional string quartet with his wife, who is a violinist.

Email: crdolanc 'at' ucdavis.edu

SigneSigne Leirfallom, MS student

Originally from Missoula, Signe completed a B.S. in Environmental Science at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. She came running back to Montana and worked the usual array of seasonal field jobs before settling into a research technician position for the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station in fire ecology. Her masters research is focused on whitebark pine regeneration dynamics after stand-replacing fire.

Email: signe.leirfallom 'at' umontana.edu

AlanAlan Swanson, Research Assistant

Alan received a B.S. in Biology from Oregon State University and an M.S. in Statistics from Montana State. Before beginning his Ph.D., Alan worked as a biometrician for the Yellowstone Ecological Research Center in Bozeman, MT. He enjoys skiing and homebrewing. 

Email: alan.swanson 'at' umontana.edu

AlisonAlison Mynsberge, Research Assistant

Alison completed a B.A. in Biology and Russian from Grinnell College and an M.S. in Wildlife & Fisheries from West Virginia University. She is currently assisting with work on species distribution models. Outside of work, Alison is focusing on motherhood and finding spare moments for hockey, hiking, and gardening.

Email: alison.mynsberge 'at' umontana.edu

Lab Alumni

ShawnShawn Crimmins, PhD (2013)

Shawn received a B.S. in Fisheries & Wildlife from the University of Missouri and an M.S. in Wildlife & Fisheries from West Virginia University. His research examined the effects of climate change on species distributions and niche characteristics. His general research interests are spatial ecology and distribution and movement modeling.

ChrisChris Carlson, MS (2012)

Born and raised on the ridges and forests of western Montana, Chris received his B.S. in Geography from the University of Oregon in 2007. After working on research projects in Oregon, and Hawaii, he returned to Missoula to pursue a master’s degree studying forest and fire ecology. His masters research focused on how forest fuels treatments and wildfire impact stand carbon budgets.