Bridget Guildner, M.S. (2016)
Bridget recieved an M.S. in Systems Ecology from UM in 2016. Bridget studied the way that the range margins of western U.S. tree species will change in a changing climate. She's using mechanistic and statistical modeling to predict the probability of a species regenerating. Bridget looked at a fine resolution across the landscape using occurrence data, forest structural measures and regional climate grids, with study sites at UM's Lubrecht Forest, Tenderfoot Creek Experimental Forest and in western Oregon.
Signe Leirfallom, M.S. (2014)
Signe recieved an M.S. in Forestry from UM in 2014. Originally from Missoula, Signe completed a B.S. in Environmental Science at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. She came running back to Montana and worked the usual array of seasonal field jobs before settling into a research technician position for the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station in fire ecology. Her master's research focused on whitebark pine regeneration dynamics after stand-replacing fire. Her thesis was The effects of seed source health on whitebark pine regeneration density after wildfire.
Alison Mynsberge, Research Assistant
Alison completed a B.A. in Biology and Russian from Grinnell College and an M.S. in Wildlife & Fisheries from West Virginia University. She worked in the Forest Landscape Ecology Lab on species distribution models. Outside of work, Alison is focusing on motherhood and finding spare moments for hockey, hiking, and gardening.
Alan Swanson, Research Assistant
Alan received a B.S. in Biology from Oregon State University and an M.S. in Statistics from Montana State. Before beginning his Ph.D., Alan worked as a biometrician for the Yellowstone Ecological Research Center in Bozeman, MT. He enjoys skiing and homebrewing.
Chris Dolanc, Post-doctoral Researcher
Chris holds a B.S. in Biology from Missouri State University and an M.S. in Botany from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio). He received his PhD in Ecology in December 2011 from UC-Davis, where he did research on growth and demography of subalpine conifers in the Sierra Nevada and climate change. Before his PhD, he worked as a researcher for the US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station in California. Originally from a family of musicians, he is a cellist and plays in symphonies part-time. Chris also runs a professional string quartet with his wife, who is a violinist.
Shawn Crimmins, PhD (2013)
Shawn received a B.S. in Fisheries & Wildlife from the University of Missouri and an M.S. in Wildlife & Fisheries from West Virginia University. His research examined the effects of climate change on species distributions and niche characteristics. His general research interests are spatial ecology and distribution and movement modeling.
Chris Carlson, MS (2012)
Born and raised on the ridges and forests of western Montana, Chris received his B.S. in Geography from the University of Oregon in 2007. After working on research projects in Oregon, and Hawaii, he returned to Missoula to pursue a master’s degree studying forest and fire ecology. His masters research focused on how forest fuels treatments and wildfire impact stand carbon budgets.