Grad student selected as Wyss Scholar

Alex Barton was a recipient this year of a scholarship from the Wyss Scholars Program for Conservation Leaders in the American West; for his master’s thesis research he will be evaluating the Blackfoot Community Conservation Area’s management and socio-ecological outcomes over the last decade. 

Barton completed a degree in Environmental Studies and Anthropology at Bates College in Maine in 2012 then joined a conservation corps based out of Flagstaff, Arizona. THe spent a formative season working across the public lands and wilderness of the southwest, which played a part in leading me to Montana.  In 2014, he completed his second year of AmeriCorps service with the Montana Conservation Corps and in that year solidified plans to return to school at UM. "There's no better place to find innovative and devoted conservationists and scholars," says Barton.  In the long term, Barton hopes to help build a conservation non-profit that interacts with local, regional, and national partners to solve problems and weave together conserved lands and rural livelihoods.