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Abaye Abebe

Ph.D. Ecology & Environnmental 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

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Zane Ashford

M.S. Land Rehabilitation

Advisor: Cathy Zabinski

ashfordzane@gmail.com

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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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Kaleb Baber

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

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

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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.

John Bowley

John Bowley

M.S. Entomology

Advisor: Bob Peterson
 johnlawrencebowley@gmail.com 

Research Area: Studying thesurvivability of the Wetsalts Tiger Beetle in its extreme environment of Yellowstone National Park thermal features, recording thermal videography of habitat, and conducting a comparative analysis of internal temperatures when placed in simulated environments.
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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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Laissa Cavallini dos Santos

 M.S. Entomology

Advisors: David Weaver & Bob Peterson
l.cavallinidossantos@montana.edu

Research Area: Suitability for nectar access in Montana crop and wildland flowering species and the contribution to longevity and ovarian dynamics of braconid parasitoids that specialize on the wheat stem sawfly. 

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Dan Chichinsky

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

Advisors: Fabian Menalled& Tim Seipel

dchichinski@gmail.com

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Shea Crowther

M.S. Entomology

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

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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

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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    

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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. 

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Lochlin Ermatinger

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: David Weaver

Lochlin.ermatinger@gmail.com

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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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Simon Fordyce

 M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

Advisors: Clain Jones & Pat Carr
simon.fordyce@montana.edu 

Research Area: Predicting overwinter nitrate-N changes at the subfield scale in leaching-susceptible, agricultural soils. 

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Madison Foster

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Rob Payn
madisonjfoster@gmail.com  

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Willa Fouts

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Cathy Zabinski
willa.fouts@gmail.com 

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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

Molly Haviland

Molly Haviland

M.S. Land Rehabilitation

Advisor: Tony Hartshorn
molly.lscl@gmail.com 

Research Area:  Exploring soil biogeochemical effects of compost applications in organic dry-land spring wheat production where livestock integration is implemented.

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Paul Hegedus

Ph.D. Ecology & Environmental Sciences

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

Research Area: Data-intensive agricutlure approaches for optimizing variable rate nitrogen fetilizer based on maximized net-returns and minimized nitrogen fertilizer loss and aims to increase fertilizer use efficiency in conventional small grain dryland agroecosystems. 

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Kara Hettinger

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

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

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Skye Keeshin

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Stephanie Ewing

Keeshin.skye@gmail.com

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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

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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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Adrian Massey

M.S. Land Rehabilitation

Advisors: Bill Kleindl & Bob Peterson

adrianmassey42@gmail.com

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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  

Research Area:  TBA

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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

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Evelyn (Sale) Rhodes

Ph.D. Ecology & Environnmental Sciences

Advisors: Stephanie Ewing & Ann MArie Reinhold

esrhodes8@gmail.com

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Lilly Sencenbaugh

Lilly Sencenbaugh

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

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

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

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Amanda Shine

Ph.D. Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Advisors: Scott Powell & Jessica Torrion
amanda.shine@montana.edu    

Research Area: Nutrient management and irrigation strategies to optimize resilience, productivity, and profitability in Montana's forage production systems

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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.

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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

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Henry Stowell

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

Advisors: Cathy Zabinski & Eberly

henry.stowell@student.montana.edu

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Morgan Suddreth

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

Advisors: Bill Kleindl & Tony Hartshorn

morgan.suddreth@gmail.com

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Latrice Tatsey

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Tony Hartshorn
latrice.tatsey@yahoo.com

Research Area: Bison effects on soil health

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Erin Teichroew

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Lisa Rew

eteichroew15@gmail.com

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Madelyne Willis

Ph.D. Ecology & Environmental Sciences

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

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Kendall Wojcik

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Stephanie Ewing
kendall.wojcik@gmail.com 

Research Area:  How agricultural management interacts with dynamic plant communities to affect soil carbon cycling in semiarid landscapes. 

David Wood

David Wood

Ph.D. Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Scott Powell & Paul Stoy
wood.dja@gmail.com 

Research Area: Temporal and geographic trends in ecosystem condition from multiscale assessments of Eastern Montana grasslands and shrub steppe