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Collaborative Research at Undergraduate Institutions: An Ecology Odyssey


Biology Speaker Series:
Collaborative Research at Undergraduate Institutions: An Ecology Odyssey presented by Michelle L. Anderson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, The University of Montana-Western.

Michelle Anderson embraces change—especially in an ecological context!  Her research explores how natural and anthropogenic disturbances shape ecological interactions in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.  Her most recent work examines how ecosystems in the Rockies respond to fluctuations in temperature, hydrology, and vegetation structure, and the human dimensions of these changes. Michelle’s interest in disturbance impacts provides diverse opportunities to work with students, private landowners, non-profit scientific organizations and public land management agencies.  Due to the unique block scheduling at the University of Montana-Western, she is able to pursue authentic fisheries, wildlife, and climate research activities in the context of her undergraduate classes.  This work is facilitated by collaborating with scientists from the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Yellowstone National Park, Flathead Lake Biological Station, Ecological Research as Education Network (EREN), and National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON).