Two OBEE first year students, Hila Chase and Emily Kopania, earned 3-year NSF Graduate Research Fellowships ($138,000 each) to support their PhD studies. Another student in the cohort, Anthony Lapansky, received Honorable Mention for his proposal. Emily (Good Lab, left) will investigate the consequences of variation in gene number in mammals. Hila (Tobalske Lab, middle) focuses on bone micro-structure and clues if can provide about ancient and modern avian flight. Anthony (Tobalske Lab, right) will study the biomechanics of wings and legs in birds such as dippers.
A guest opinion column signed by all DBS faculty appeared in the today's (3/15/17) Missoulian. While acknowledging that UM and every program within it faces significant challenges at this time, the column emphasizes a reality that Biology students and faculty experience daily -- "the quality of our faculty and the education we give our students have never been better". (Photo: DBS senior and Udall Scholar Mariah McIntosh, who studies how plants respond to soil microbes).
A team of ecologists, led by Ric Hauer and other researchers from DBS, CFC, FLBS, and the UM Center for Integrated Research on the Environment (CIRE), recently characterized the central (and previously underappreciated) role for gravel-bed rivers in glaciated mountain ecosystems (photo: Charlie Janson). The definitive work, which calls for greater conservation focus on gravel-bed rivers, was published this summer in Science Advances and is featured in the New York Times Science Times this week.
The National Science Foundation has made a $500,000 grant to DBS faculty to secure and grow the Wright Museum's regionally and historically significant bird and mammal collections. Broad support from UM alums, friends and community supporters, who donated funds to prepare the new space for modern museum cabinets, was key to the proposal's success. Work on the new space will start this year and the transition will be complete by Fall 2018.
Dr. Jedediah Brodie (left), the John J. Craighead Chair in Wildlife Biology, and Dr. Matt Church (right), Associate Professor at the Flathead Lake Biological Station, join DBS's OBEE grad program this Fall. Dr. Brodie is a conservation ecologist working to understand human impacts on plant and animal communities world-wide. Dr. Church is a renowned oceanographer who brings expertise in tracking the causes and consequences of microbial population cycles to less-studied freshwater systems.