When it comes to carbon sequestration and climate change adaptation, we can have our cake and eat it too, says professor Andrew Larson, about his new research, highlighted in Science, on how tree density affects carbon storage.
Undergraduate student research
All of our undergraduate students are encouraged to do a senior research project if that fits in with their academic and career goals. Students will work one-on-one with a faculty mentor to design and implement a reserach project. Several of our scholarships directly support undergraduate research (Irene Evers, Philip L. Wright, Alaback and Brewer Melipal Fellowship). Our general scholarship funds can also support student research. Each year the University of Montana hosts a Conference on Undergraduate Research where students can present a poster or talk about their research findings.
Resource Conservation major Jessica DellaRossa, mentored by professor Brian Chaffin, presented her poster on "Institutional Mapping of Montana Water Law" at this year's undergraduate research conference and won first place. Last year Ecosystem Science & Restoration major Jessie Bunker also won a first place prize for his research on whitebark pine.
Generalized spatial mark-resight models with an application to grizzly bears - Journal of Applied Ecology - Mark Hebblewhite
Competition alters tree growth responses to climate at individual and stand scales - Canadian Journal of Forest Research - Andrew Larson
Climate change velocity underestimates climate change exposure in mountainous regions - Nature Communications - Solomon Dobrowski
Post-fire morel (Morchella) mushroom abundance, spatial structure, and harvest sustainability - Forest Ecology and Management - Andrew Larson
Research in the Media
Tiger experts cross the globe to learn from Montana biologists - Missoulian - May 11, 2017
Montana Tourism Spending Down, Despite Higher Visitor Numbers - MTPR - May 2, 2017
To save forests, cut some trees down, scientists say - Science - April 2017
Research shows importance of remote cameras as biodiversity tools - ScienceDaily - Feb. 2017
Forests 'hold their breath' during global warming hiatus, research shows - Phys.org - Jan. 2017
Two Lesser-Known Reasons to Celebrate our Public Lands - High Country News - Nov. 2016
Research: Sage Grouse Umbrella Helps Other Bird Species - Public News Service - Nov. 2016
Looking to the Stars - The LaGrande Observer - Oct. 2016
New study: More mushrooms thrive in Rim Fire burn - The Union Democrat - July 2016
Grant fueling wildlfire research at UM - KPAX - May 2016