Systems Ecology Seminar Series Spring 2020

Location: FOR 305  |  Time: Thursdays 3:30 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.

For information contact Diana L. Six at

Generously supported by the NSF Institute on Ecosystems, The UM Water Center, and the Higuera, Valett, Metcalf, and Six Labs







Jan 16

No speaker


Intro meeting with enrolled students

Diana Six

Jan 23

Angie Luis


Assistant Professor WBIO/DECS UM

Diversity, density, decorum and drama determine disease dynamics: Diversity has both positive and negative effects on hantavirus transmission in deer mice

Diana Six

Jan 30

Dean Pearson


Research Scientist, USFS Forest Sciences Lab, Missoula

Preventing a series of unfortunate events:

Applying qualitative models for improved conservation in species introductions and extirpations

Diana Six

Feb 6

Marco Maneta


Associate Professor, Geosciences, UM

Imbalances in water supply and demand alter terrestrial systems

Cory Cleveland

Feb 13


 Di Yang


Postdoc, Spatial Analysis Lab, UM

Forest mosaics: Spatial vegetation biodiversity patterns from stand to regional scales in the eastern US

Diana Six

Feb 20

Arthur Endsley


Postdoc, NTSG, UM

Global assessment of topsoil health and its role in terrestrial carbon balance using NASA's Soil Moisture Active/ Passive Level-4 Carbon product

John Kimball

Feb 27

Tabitha Graves


Research Scientist, USGS, Glacier National Park

Bears to bees

Diana Six

Mar 5

Shawn Devlin


Research Scientist, FLBS UM

A vibrant oasis in the world’s coldest desert: Benthic ecology of Antarctic lakes

Diana Six

Mar 12






Mar 19

Spring Break

No seminar


Mar 26

Kenneth Wallen

Assistant Professor, University of Idaho, Moscow

The Four Fixes: A Behavioral Design Framework for Social-Ecological Systems

Alex Metcalf/SE grad students


Apr 2

Tara Hudiburg


Assistant Professor, University of Idaho, Moscow

Forest-atmosphere interactions in an era of fire and drought

Phil Higuera/SE grad students


Apr 9

Room change possible

Cathy Whitlock


Regents Professor, Montana State University, Bozeman

Paleoecology, conservation, and the future




Diana Six/Phil Higuera/SE grad students


Apr 16

Kerry Kemp



Forest Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy, Baker City, OR

Restoring social-ecological resilience in fire-prone forest landscapes of the Pacific Northwest

Phil Higuera, Kim Davis

Apr 23

Steve Thomas



Professor, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Using isotopes to track elemental cycling in stream ecosystems: foundations and frontiers

Maury Valett/SE graduate students

WED Apr 30

4PM ISB 110

Jose Hierro


CONICET and UNLPam, Santa Rosa, La Pampa, Argentina

NOTE: This is a joint Seminar with DBS-OBEE  TBA

Supported by DBS-OBEE



2020 FCFC SoCon Spring Seminar

Location: FOR 206  |  Time: Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m.




Title/Topic (Tentative)

January 14th

No Public Meeting

Class overview and orientation

January 21st

Dr. Kyle Bocinsky

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center; MT Climate Office

Climate challenges and opportunities for the alpine ski industry in MT: A preliminary assessment

January 28th

Dr. Sarah Church

MSU Dept. of Earth Sciences

Common ground, common water: Film as a tool for shared understanding of water resource management

February 4th

Dr. Shandin Pete

Salish Kootenai College

Heart of the Monster, Buffalo Trails, and River Crossings: Intersecting ancient Salish hydrological knowledge with modern hydrological tools

February 11th

Three common marketing analyses underutilized by environmental social science

Three common marketing analyses underutilized by environmental social science

February 18th

Dr. John Chandler

UM College of Business

Conservation opportunities to apply business analytics techniques

February 25th

No Public Meeting

Grad student professional development

March 3rd

Dr. Jill Belsky

Dept. of Society & Conservation

Powers of inclusion: Challenges for environmental social scientists in Montana and beyond

March 10th

Dr. Kristal Jones

JG Research & Evaluations

Empirical and epistemological challenges of social-environmental research

March 17th

No meeting


March 24th

Dr. Carina Wyborn

Luc Hoffmann Institute

Biodiversity futures: The pragmatic, political, and philosophical dimensions of transformative ecological change

March 31st

Dr. Lauren Miller

Yellowstone National Park

Social Science in Yellowstone and the National Parks

April 7th

Mr. Monte Mills, Esq.

Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic; UM Law

‘Third Way’: The future of legal protections for sacred sites and indigenous cultures

April 14th

Dr. Leigh Welling

National Park Service, Alaska

Managing Protected Areas under a Changing Climate: Examples from Alaska and the Arctic

April 21st

Dr. Zack Wurtzebach

Center for Landscape Conservation

Policy tools for adaptive decision-making in large landscape conservation

April 28th

Dr. Lance Gunderson

Emory University




Graduate Seminar in Wildlife Biology - WILD 594

Location: FOR 206   |    Time: Fridays from 1:00 to 2:50

For dates and more information vistit the Wildlife Biology webpage.


This seminar is only offered during the fall semester.

Fall FCFC Seminar 2020

Location: FOR 106  |  Time: Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.

These informative talks are free and open to the public.




September 3, 2019

Post-Fire Transport and Persistence of Pyrogenic Carbon by Asmeret Berhe, UC Merced

September 10, 2019

A Political Ecology of the Biophysical Contradictions of Climate-Smart Agroforestry in Northern Ghana by Hanson Nyantakyi-Frimpong, University of Denver

September 17, 2019

Learning More About Informal Leaders in Environmental Governance through Social Network Analysis by Brian Chaffin, FCFC SoCon

September 24, 2019

Forestry Takes the Fork in the Road. Which Fork Will You Take? by Jerry Franklin, University of Washington

October 1, 2019

Carbon Cycling in Some Streams by Bob Hall, UM Flathead Lake Biological Station

October 8, 2019

Saving Forest History: A Unique Organziation and Its Storied Past by Steven Anderson, Forest History Society, Duke University

October 15, 2019

George Bird Grinnell and the Origins of Progressive Conservation by author John Taliaferro

October 22, 2019

A Street-View of Earth’s Changing Climate by Solomon Dobrowski, FCFC DFM

October 29, 2019

Return Migration to Geographically Disadvantaged Rural Communities by Christiane VonReichert, FCFC GEOG

November 5, 2019

The Geography of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism in Montana by Jeremy Sage, FCFC GEOG/Institute of Tourism and Recreation Research

November 12, 2019

Adoption of Agricultural Conservation Practices: Can We Move the Needle? by Linda Prokopy, Purdue

November 19, 2019

Application of Emerging Ideas in Plant Ecology and Evolution to the Selection of Plant Materials for Ecological Restoration by Cara Nelson, FCFC DECS

November 26, 2019

Thanksgiving Week – No Lecture

December 3, 2019

Overview of the Fire Fuels and Smoke Science Program at the Missoula Fire Lab by Sara Brown, USFS Fire Lab


Wilderness Lecture Seminar 2020

Location: GBB 123  |  Time: Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.

Sign up for NRSM 371 Wilderness Issues Lecture Series! The work required for the UG section (NRSM 371, CRN: 30238) includes attendance at all course meetings, 2 page reflection/response paper on 5 of 6 lectures, your choice.

Please note: for the first time there is a graduate seminar associated with these lectures!
NRSM 594 03 River Science and Conservation (1 credit). The workload for G section includes the same as UG section, plus synthesis/integration of assigned readings (1 or 2 per speaker) in the paper.

All talks are open to the public so if you can’t make enough to sign up for the seminar, please stop by to the ones that you find interesting.

For more information, please contact: Joanna Campbell ( or visit the Wilderness Institute website.







Ellen Wohl – Professor, Geosciences, Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University

Messy Rivers are Healthy Rivers: The Role of Spatial Heterogeneity in Sustaining River Ecosystems


Les Evarts – Fisheries Program Manager Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Rewilding the Jocko River Watershed


Erin Sexton – Senior Scientist, Flathead Lake Biological Station University of Montana

A Tale of Two Rivers; The Transboundary Flathead and Kootenai Watersheds


George Pess – Program Manager of the Watershed Program NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Ecosystem Response to the Removal of the Elwha River Dams


Daniel Schindler -Professor, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences University of Washington

Bristol Bay, Alaska: Where the Worlds Last Great Salmon Fishery is Threatened by Development of Industrial-Scale Mining


Ladd Knotek – Fisheries Management Biologist Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Fisheries and Wildlands Management in the Rattlesnake: Balancing Watershed Restoration, Native Trout Recovery, and Wilderness Character