Class of 2018

Congratulations to the class of 2018!

Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society Members 2018

Ecosystem Sciences & Restoration: Mike Fazekas, Colton Kyro, Rebecca Tueller
Forestry: Lawrence Crofutt, Mary-Ellen Reyna
Parks, Tourism & Recreation Management: Julia Kast, Jerry Townsend
Resource Conservation: Lione Clare
Wildlife Biology: Sarah Gaulke, Katie Jacquet, Carly Muench, Sydney Young


Outstanding Seniors 2018

Ecosystem Sciences & Restoration: Claire Vergobbi
Forestry: Lauren Converse
Parks, Tourism & Recreation Management: Ryan Barr
Resource Conservation: Nicole Beard
Wildlife Biology: Jeremy SunderRaj

Celebrating our grads!

LioneClare-web.jpgCongratulations Lione Clare! She graduated with a degree in Resource Conservation and minors in Climate Change Studies and Media Arts. Lione is from Sitka, Alaska, a small town of 9,000 people on an island in Southeast Alaska and loves taking nature and outdoor recreation photographs, traveling, and doing anything outside, especially hiking, biking, sea kayaking, and running.

“My time at UM definitely exceeded my expectations. I cannot stress enough how much I appreciate the dedication of my professors and my mentors in the Davidson Honors College that put extra effort into providing me with valuable opportunities to incorporate and share my photographic and storytelling interests with my education,” Lione says.

She created a photo story about climate change in Vietnam for her Climate Changes Studies practicum project and has presented it at UM’s undergraduate research conference and to the Juneau World Affairs Council, among other venues.

Lione received a 2018 UM Mortar Board award. Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for their achievements in scholarship, leadership and service. She was a member of the Davidson Honors College. At the Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, she received a Franke Sustainability Fellowship to support her field experience and course in Vietnam and also received the Robert S. Morgan Scholarship, the Danny On Memorial Scholarship, the Myrick-Hansen Scholarship. She traveled to Tanzania on a photo safari after her first year at UM, a fully funded experience that was supported, in part, by the Davidson Honors College and the President’s Fund.

CarlyMuench-web.jpgCongratulations Carly Muench! Carly is from Aliso Viejo, California, and has been involved in theThe University of Montana Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society for four years and have been an officer for three. TWS has provided tremendous leaps and bounds for her career in wildlife. She has gained appreciation and knowledge for various wildlife careers, gotten inspiration to create her own research, and made friends with other wildlife st

“I have loved being able to conduct my undergrad thesis as a senior and I believe the experience has paved the way for future opportunities as a graduate student,” Carly says.

Carly will spend her summer working on a goshawk research project in Idaho and then work on pursuing her lifelong dream of falconry and working at the Raptor View Research Institute and the Rocky Mountain Research Station.

Carly received the Philip L. Wright Research Award and is a Mortar Board recipient. Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for their achievements in scholarship, leadership and service. Her talk on ‘Use of genetic techniques to address biases in Northern goshawk turnover metrics” at the 2018 UM undergraduate research conference won first prize for oral presentation. She also received the Wynn Freeman Award from the Montana chapter of The Wildlife Society.

ColtonKyro-web.jpgCongratulations Colton Kyro! He graduated with a degree in Ecosystem Science and Restoration with an aquatic focus as well as minors in Wildlife Biology and Biology. He’s a city slicker from Seattle that found a passion for the outdoors early in his life. The passion for the outdoors made Missoula and the Franke College of Forestry & Conservation a perfect fit.

“The University of Montana has been integral part of my success through excellent teachers in the college, and providing research opportunities during the summer,” Colton says.

Colton has worked with a PhD student in Virginia and with the Biological Station at Flathead. These both gave him great experience and were excellent opportunities to learn about his field. He shares this advice: “Pay attention, ask questions, enjoy the moment.”

Colton’s taking a year off to travel and then will attend graduate school. He received a 2018 UM Mortar Board award. Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for their achievements in scholarship, leadership and service.

JerryTownsend-web.jpgCongratulations to Jerry Townsend! He graduated with a degree in Parks, Tourism & Recreation Management and a minor in Wildlife Biology. Jerry is from Manhattan, Montana, and was a member of 4-H from age 5 to age 18, working in poultry, rabbits, and swine. Jerry loves hunting, fishing, and ATV riding and agriculture is a big part of his life: his family has a ranch in eastern Montana where he’s spent a lot of time and where he learned manyvaluable skills he uses in his everyday life.

“The University of Montana has been a great institution. The PTRM faculty of Libby Metcalf, Jenn Thomsen, Bill Borrie and Keith Bosak has been great teachers. One of my favorite classes has been Rangeland Ecology taught by Brady Allred,” Jerry said. His advice: “One bad grade doesn’t define who you are.” Jerry has a job for the season with the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National forest as a Rangeland Management Technician.

Jerry received a 2018 UM Mortar Board award. Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for their achievements in scholarship, leadership and service.

LawrenceCrofutt-web.jpgCongratulations to Lawrence Crofutt! He graduated with a degree in Forestry and minor in Wildland Fire Science and Management.

Lawrence grew up in Central Montana. When he was 20, he started working in natural resources and found his passion working on the front lines of conservation. After a nine-year hiatus from higher education, he decided to apply for the forestry program at the University of Montana, and to his relief was accepted!

I am grateful for the faculty and students in the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation for the direction, motivation, and friendly competition. A very special thanks to all the donors and especially to the Franke family for their generous support,” Lawrence says

Lawrence is working toward a permanent position in the U.S. Forest Service – or grad school – whichever new opportunity comes his way next!

Lawrence received a 2018 UM Mortar Board award. Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for their achievements in scholarship, leadership and service.

AcaciaProbert-web.jpgCongratulations Acacia Probert! She graduated with a degree in Resource Conservation and will spend the summer working for Discover Your Northwest as a visitor information specialist along the Lochsa River corridor in Idaho. She'll be at the Lolo Pass Visitor Center, Lochsa Historical Ranger Station, or doing evening campground interpretive presentations. This fall Acacia will apply for the Peace Corps. She is from Dubois, Idaho, a small to

She says UM has helped shape her into who she is today: someone she’s proud of. She’s been inspired by her peers and her professors, who’ve inspired her and made her hopeful for a better tomorrow. Acacia especially recognizes the role two faculty played in her journey: Laurie Yung, for being so involved in your students’ lives, and truly caring about our success inside and outside the classroom; and Jill Belsky, who helped Acacia find her path in life.

She says about Professor Belsky “Your classes have been the best and most influential throughout my entire academic career, I am excited to begin exercising all the lessons you have taught me in the real world, in real communities, making real differences.

SydneyYoung_1.jpgCongratulations Sydney Young! Sydney graduated with honors from UM this May with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology. She will be sworn in as a Montana game warden two days after she graduates, making her one of only four female wardens among the roughly 75 spread across Big Sky Country. From Snoqualmie, Washington, Sydney has worked toward becoming a warden since spring 2017.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to protect the natural resources of the Last Best Place,” she said, adding that Associate Professor Lisa Eby’s dedication to students and the field of fisheries helped shape her academic journey.

Sydney received the Kenneth P. Davis Scholarship, the Mary Cardell Moore Memorial Scholarship, and the Westslope Chapter of Trout Unlimited Scholarship. She also completed an internship with the Yakima Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited, was an officer in the UM Student Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, and was a resident assistant at UM – among many other accomplishments.

RobertLivesay-web.jpgCongratulations Robert Livesay! Robert greaduated this spring with a master’s degree in forestry. He’s got a job lined up as a stream hydrologist working on the Teton River near Choteau for an environmental consulting firm. Robert is from near Corvallis, Oregon. He spent much of his youth raising show pigs for 4-H and state competitions. Robert received a bachelor's degree in geosciences from UM.

He says, “I spent a large portion of my time here at the Franke College of Forestry and Conservation up at Lubrecht Forest, hiking hillslopes and drilling bedrock wells. My favorite memory from fieldwork is that I drank fresh groundwater from a 30-foot deep well I drilled and didn’t get giardia!"

MaryEllenReyna-1.JPGCongratulations to Mary-Ellen Reyna! She graduated with a degree in Forestry then will spend the summer working with professor Beth Dodson and graduate student Lucas Townsend on a research project in the southwestern United States. Mary-Ellen is from Anacortes, Washington. While at UM, she interned for Weyerhaeuser as a forest engineering and forestry intern and for the Washington Department of Natural Resources.

She says “The last two years of my time at UM, I have had classes with Professor Beth Dodson. She has taught me almost everything I know about forestry operations and is such a helpful and inspiring professor for me. One of the best classes she has taught has got to be her Advanced Timber Harvesting and Roads course. It allowed me to spend hours with industry professionals in the field, learning from the best people as well as work with the technology used by foresters. Professor Dodson has really been an amazing professor to work with and helped me find my path towards forest operations in forestry.

Mary-Ellen received the Garrett Grothen Memorial Scholarship, the John Fidler Memorial Scholarship, the Bruce and Catherine Fortin Scholarship and the Susan Neal Scholarship from the Franke College of Forestry & Conservation.

SophiaWeinmann-web.jpgCongratulations to Sophia Weinmann. She graduated with a M.S. in Resource Conservation – International Conservation & Development option and then will continue working for the Peace Corps as the regional recruiter in northern Ohio. Sophia served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea, West Africa before coming to UM to pursue her master’s degree.

While at UM, Sophia received a Fulbright award and spent a year in Kenya researching how changes in agricultural practices might deter crop-raiding elephants and reduce human-elephant conflicts in the region. Sophia says “The support of my advisor Jill Belsky has been invaluable."

SarahGaulke-web.jpgCongratulations to Sarah Gaulke! She graduated with a degree in Wildlife Biology and minor in Ecological Restoration. She’s from Fairfax, Virginia and has a job lined up as a biological technician doing fisheries work for the Army Corps of Engineers in southeastern Washington.

“I loved going to UM and particularly enjoyed all the opportunities that UM provided including my first internship as a Loon Ranger on the Flathead National Forest, a backpacking expedition in Patagonia, Chile, and my senior thesis studying bat hibernation in talus slopes,” Sarah says. Her presentation on that senior thesis received Best Student Poster award at the Montana chapter of The Wildlife Society meeting.

At UM, Sarah was a member of the Davidson Honors College and a Presidential Leadership Scholar and was president of the Honors Student Association and a member of the DHC Student Advisory Council and the UM Wilderness Association. She received a Philip L. Wright Research award, and the Kenneth P. Davis scholarship.

Sarah received a 2018 UM Mortar Board award. Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for their achievements in scholarship, leadership and service.