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Abaye Abebe

Ph.D. Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Rob Payn
abayeabebe@gmail.com

Research Area: Hydrological analysis and modeling in an Earth System Modeling framework.

Byron Amerson

Byron Amerson

Ph.D. Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Geoffrey Poole
byron.amerson@gmail.com

Research Area: A multi-scale evaluation of the rate and magnitude of water exchange between surface flow and the alluvial aquifer in restored and unrestored river channels

Zane Ashford

Zane Ashford

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Cathy Zabinski

ashfordzane@gmail.com

Research Area: Impacts of Cropping Systems on Soil Health in the Northern Great Plains

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Kaleb Baber

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Clain Jones
kaleb.baber@student.montana.edu 

Research Area: Pulse crop management to enhance biological nitrogen fixation in the northern Great Plains

Tommy Bass

Thomas "Tommy" Bass

Ph.D. Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Bruce Maxwell
tmbass@montana.edu

Research Area: Considerations of ecological and social interactions in food system development, scale, diversity, management, and vulnerability

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Andrew Bobst

Ph.D. Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Rob Payn
albobst@hotmail.com 

Research Area: Using Beaver Mimicry Stream Restoration as manipulative experiments to better understand groundwater/surface-water interactions, and transient water storage in floodplains.

Keenan Brame

Keenan Brame

Ph.D. Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Advisors: Tim McDermott & Anne Camper
kbrame3@gmail.com

Research Area: Freshwater quality on the Little Bighorn River involving microbial pathogens, their mode of transport through a freshwater system and their anticipated impacts on water quality due to climate change projections.

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Peter Bugoni

Ph.D. Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Jane Mangold
peterbugoni@gmail.com

Research Area: Renovating Monocultures of Exotic Cool-Season Grass Seedings to Diverse Multifunctional Ecosystems

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Dan Chichinsky

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

Advisors: Fabian Menalled& Tim Seipel

dchichinski@gmail.com

Research Area: Integration of thistle rust into organic management of Canada thistle

Shea Crowther

Shea Crowther

M.S. Entomology

Advisors: Kevin O'Neill & Anthony Slominski
swbcrowther@gmail.com  

Research Area: Investigating The Impact of the Interaction of the Neonicotinoid Pesticide Imidacloprid and Temperature on Post-Winter Alfalfa Leafcutting Bees, Megachile rotundata

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Bryce Currey

Ph.D. Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Jack Brookshire
brycecurrey93@gmail.com

Research Area:  Investigating the effects of fire on soil properties and vegetation dynamics in the Missouri River Breaks and Musselshell  areas of central Montana. 

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Het Desai 

Ph.D. Ecology & Environnmental Sciences

Advisors: Fabian Menalled & Lovreet Shergill

het.desai@student.montana.edu

Research Area: Monitoring and management of problematic weeds in Montana cropping systems

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Matt Deyoe

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

Advisors: Tony Hartshorn & Bill Kleindl

Matt.deyoe@student.montana.edu 

Research Area:  Determining benthic invertebrate tropic structure on a superfund restoration site using stable isotopes. 

Claire Dittemore

Clare Dittemore

M.S. Entomology
Advisor: Robert Peterson

claredittemore@icloud.com    

Research Area: Natal Origin, Migratory Patterns, and Abundance of the Army 
Cutworm Moth, Euxoa Auxiliaris

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Hannah Duff

Ph.D. Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Bruce Maxwell
hannahduff8@gmail.com 

Research Area:  The effects of habitat heterogeneity on crop yield and biodiversity in small grain production systems in the Northern Great Plains. Her work uses profit mapping to identify low-producing areas that can be taken out of production to save producers time and money and create wildlife habitat in agricultural landscapes. Quantifying the economic and ecological effects of midfield islets (refugia) will determine if they provide benefits such as enhanced biodiversity, ecosystem services and farm productivity in our agroecosystems. 

Lochlin Ermatinger

Lochlin Ermatinger

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: David Weaver

Lochlin.ermatinger@gmail.com

Research Area: Using the spectral signature of wheat to detect wheat stem sawfly infestation in growing wheat plants.

Mary Farina

Mary Farina

Ph.D. Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Scott Powell
mfarina@whrc.org 

Research Area:  Assessing spatial and temporal variability in Arctic-boreal carbon fluxes using satellite and drone remote sensing. 

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Zachariah Fighter

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

Advisors: Jane Mangold & Scott Powell
zachfighter@gmail.com  

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S. Katie Fogg

Ph.D. Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Geoffrey Poole
s.katie.fogg@gmail.com

Research Area: Simulating hyporheic influences on stream channel temperature

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Madison Foster

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Rob Payn
madisonjfoster@gmail.com  

Research Area: Linking diel patterns in the processing of stream nitrate concentrations to stream corridor hydrologic and biogeochemical function in agricultural headwaters 

Justin Gay

Justin Gay

Ph.D. Ecology & Environmental Science

Advisor: Jack Brookshire
justin.gay802@gmail.com

Research Area: Impacts of Climate Change on Biogeochemical Pathways in Terrestrial Ecosystems

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Paul Hegedus

Ph.D. Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Advisors: Bruce Maxwell & Stephanie Ewing
paulhegedus@montana.edu 

Research Area: Data-intensive approaches for optimizing variable rate nitrogen fertilizer, based on maximized net-returns and nitrogen use efficiency, in conventionally managed small-grain dryland agroecosystems.

Kara Hettinger

Kara Hettinger

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

Advisors: Perry Miller & Tim Seipel
karahettinger11@gmail.com 

Research Area: Integrated weed management of perennial weeds (Cirsium arvense, convolvulus arvensis) in organic cropping systems

Skye Keeshin

Skye Keeshin

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Stephanie Ewing

skye.keeshin@student.montana.edu 

Research Area:

I am interested in connections between hydrologic processes and water quality in Montana. One of my projects is in the Powder River Basin in eastern Montana looking at water quality and surface-groundwater connection around a reclaimed coal mine. Additionally, I work in the Gallatin Valley around Bozeman looking at processes of rangefront recharge to the valley aquifer and discharge to spring creeks in the lower portion of the valley. I’m interested in how this surface and subsurface movement of water dictates the introduction and transport of contaminants like nitrate.

Samuel Koeshall

Samuel Koeshall

Ph.D. Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Perry Miller
samuel.koeshall@student.montana.edu   

Research Area:  Investigating intra-field variability of field pea protein and greain yeild across Montana cropping systems, quantifying N credits and soil fertility following long-term legume and non-legume crop rotations in semi-arid cropping systems, and other Montana cropping systems research related to pulse crop problems. 

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Emma Kubinski

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Fabian Menalled

emma.kubinski@student.montana.edu

Research Area: Carrots as a Model for Holistically Increasing Sustainability of Vegetable Production

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R. Sasha Loewen

Ph.D. Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Bruce Maxwell
sashaloewen@gmail.com 

Research Area: The use of on farm precision experimentation (OFPE) to improve management practices in organic grain farming. 

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Katerina Lozano

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Robert Peterson & Dan Tyers
lozanokaterina6204@gmail.com  

Research Area: Determining food resources available for grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis) at moth aggregation sites. 

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Ian McRyhew

M.S. Land Rehabilitation

Advisor: Jane Mangold

ianmcryhew3@gmail.com

Research Area: Grassland restoration and pollinator conservation on Tribal lands degraded by annual invasive grasses.

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Caitlin Mitchell

Ph.D. Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Stephanie Ewing
caitlin.mitchell@student.montana.edu  

Research Area: Investigating the biogeochemical cycle of nutrients through cultivated soils and groundwater-stream systems. 

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Elizabeth Mohr

Ph.D. Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Geoffrey Poole
elizabethjmohr@gmail.com

Research Area: Simulation and experimental investigation of biogeochemical cycling in flowing water ecosystems.

Colter Mumford

Colter Mumford

Ph.D. Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Lisa Rew
colter.mumford@student.montana.edu  

Research Area:  Quantifying the efficacy of management methods to control Bromus tectorum in the Centennial Valley of Southwest Montana

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Winifred Nichols

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Bill Inskeep
winifred.nichols@student.montana.edu  

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Hayley Oakland

Ph.D. Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Geoff Poole
hayley.oakland@gmail.com 

Research Area:  Ecosystem engineering by net-spinning caddisflies and associated effects on microbial communities, stream metabolism and nutrient cycling

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Elizabeth Reiva

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

Advisors: Fabian Menalled & Roland Ebel HHD

reiveli@bvu.edu

Research Area: Household Biodigesters: A Source of Biofertilizer

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Evelyn (Sale) Rhodes

Ph.D. Ecology & Environnmental Sciences

Advisors: Stephanie Ewing & Ann MArie Reinhold

esrhodes8@gmail.com

Research Area: Research Area: How soil influences the fate and transport of aqueous contaminants. Focus on nitrogen, specifically impacts that soil development and fertilization have on groundwater nitrate concentrations, to address the intersection of land management, ecosystem integrity, and human health in the Northern Great Plains and beyond. 

 

Rich Schonenberg

Rich Schonenberg

M.S. Land Rehabilitation

Advisor: Tony Hartshorn

rich.schonenberg@montana.edu

Research Area: Utilizing the 2020 Bridger Foothills Fire as a case study for post fire erosion monitoring. 

Lilly Sencenbaugh

Lilly Sencenbaugh

Ph.D. Ecology & Environmental Science

Advisor: Lisa Rew
lilly.sencenbaugh@student.montana.edu  

Research Area: Effectiveness of traditional and novel management control strategies of Ventenata dubia and Bromus tectorum

Akamjot Singh Brar

Akamjot Singh Brar 

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Fabian Menalled

Research Area: Weed Management in Specialty crops

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Meryl Storb

Ph.D. Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Rob Payn
meryl.storb@gmail.com

Research Area: Watershed hydrology stream ecosystem interaction.

Jackson Strand

Jackson Strand

M.S. Entomology

Advisors: David Weaver & Tracy Sterling

jackson.strand@student.montana.edu

Research Area: Understanding the importance of smooth brome in promoting a Braconid parasitoid that targets the Wheat Stem Sawfly

Henry Stowell

Henry Stowell

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

Advisors: Cathy Zabinski & Eberly

henry.stowell@student.montana.edu

Research Area: Identifying plant growth promoting rhizobacteria candidates to increase oil yields of Camelina sativa, and predicting effects of climate change on oil yields of Camelina sativa.

Morgan Suddreth

Morgan Suddreth

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

Advisors: Bill Kleindl & Tony Hartshorn

morgan.suddreth@gmail.com

Research Area: Development of rapid wetland assessment strategies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

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Erin Teichroew

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Lisa Rew

Erin.teichroew@student.montana.edu

Research Area: Evaluating different management treatments for reducing Bromus tectorum cover and reestablishing native grass species

Madelyne Willis

Madelyne Willis

Ph.D. Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Advisors: Tracy Sterling & Christine Foreman
madie.willis@gmail.com  

Research Area: Microbial analysis of the Taylor Glacier ice core: investigating the presence and possible impacts of englacial microbial activity through time