Six Lab

The Six Lab is a diverse place. We work on many questions from many different angles: everything from evolution to ecology to management and effects of global change, and from the micro- to the landscape level. Most of our work focuses in one way or another on bark or ambrosia beetles and their interactions with fungi. But sometimes studies on fire or invasives sneak in, just 'cause we find them interesting. Our work occurs in many places. Some of our work is local (Montana and surrounding states) and some not so local (southern Africa, Asia, Australia and Mexico). 

Life of Pine

The recent mountain pine beetle outbreak has been the biggest in history. In "Life of Pine," hear about what has driven this outbreak to be so severe and what we may learn from looking at the survivors.

Life of Pine / Featuring Diana Six from CJ O'Flair on Vimeo.

An Evolutionary Marriage

Scientists in Montana are learning about the evolution of symbiosis by studying the genomes of fungal species associated with bark beetles. As a beetle and fungus become dependent, their futures become intertwined. With climate change hurtling them toward the unknown, will the beetles' symbiotic fungi help or hinder their survival?

An Evolutionary Marriage from Christina Shirley Choate on Vimeo.