Predicting outbreaks of zoonotic infections in reservoir hosts that live in highly fluctuating environments, such as Sin Nombre virus in deer mice, is particularly challenging. Professor Angie Luis just discovered how to make that prediction easier. Read more in this article in the journal Ecology.
The land’s ability to continue absorbing carbon despite forest loss, agricultural practices and spreading cities impresses professor Ashley Ballantyne. “The biosphere is remarkably resilient, even though humans are taxing it,” he says. Read more in this story in UM's research magazine.
The Montana Expression 2015: Bicycling a study by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research
Future productivity and carbon storage limited by terrestrial nutrient availability in Nature Geoscience, April 20, 2015. Cory Cleveland
Ecosystem services lost to oil and gas in North America in Science, April 24, 2015. Brady Allred, Dave Naugle, Steve Running
Forest structure and species traits mediate projected recruitment declines in western US tree species in Global Ecology and Biogeography, April 2015. Solomon Dobrowski
Research in the Media
Sorry, "skeptics": Global warming may not be so great for plant life after all - The Washington Post - Steve Running's study on how climate change will affect plant growth
Soil Nutrients May Keep Plants from Slowing Down Climate Change - Nature World News - Cory Cleveland's recent study of how nitrogen limitations will reduce plant's uptake of C02
Drilling Continues on Critical Alberta Caribou Habitat Despite Recovery Deadline - HuffPost Alberta - Professors Mark Hebblewhite and Brady Allred analyzed the impact of energy development on caribou habitat in Alberta
Experts highlight importance of bike tourism to Montana economy - Missoulian - Norma Nickerson details the economic impact of bikers to Montana
Pine Beetle Epidemic - National Geographic - Professor Diana Six leads readers into an exploration of the tiny beetle that is changing western forests