Join MPG at the Holiday Inn Parkside downtown in Missoula for our yearly research conference. MPG staff and supported researchers will present recent findings and describe future goals. The conference will allow all who conduct investigations at MPG, as well as the general public, to learn about current projects and to share ideas. Topics will include avian science, rangeland restoration, mammal ecology, pollinators, plant phenology, and soil ecology, among others. The public is invited to attend and you do not need to register for this event.
Monday, March 2nd
8:00 am Philip Ramsey Introduction 8:15 am Ylva Lekberg Do Soil Microbes Matter for Plant Invasive Success? 9:05 am Jeffrey S. Pippen Lepidoptera Monitoring Year One 9:30 am Lorinda Bullington Endophytes, Plants and Pathogens Break 10:15 am Beau Larkin Current Monitoring and Restoration Projects at MPG North 11:05 am Adam Shreading Blood-lead Levels of Golden and Bald Eagles Wintering in the Bitterroot Valley 11:30 am Morgan Luce A Novel, Rapid, Cheap and Reliable Method to Assess Root Viability Lunch 1:30 pm Joshua Lisbon Education and Community Outreach Projects Update 1:55 pm William Blake Lewis’s Woodpecker Banding and Monitoring at MPG Ranch 2:20 pm Mike Sawaya Noninvasive Genetic Sampling of Carnivore Populations at MPG Ranch Break 3:05 pm Kate Stone Movements and Habitat Use of Saw-whet Owls (Aegolius acadicus) During Fall Migration 3:55 pm Teagan Hayes Linking Plants and Elk: What Can Biomass Tell Us? 4:20 pm Marc Peipoch Biological Form and Function Across Montana’s Riverine Floodplains: the Case of the Bitterroot River
Tuesday, March 3rd
8:15 am Matthew Shertz Garter Snark Population Characteristics on MPG Properties 9:05 am Marirose Kuhlman Bee Monitoring Update 9:30 am Mollie Herget An Investigation of the Impacts of Seed Origin on Grassland Restoration Success Break 10:15 am Dan Mummey Analysis of Plant Communities to Inform Restoration Plant Materials Selection 10:40 am Peter Rice Restoration of Native Plants to Cheatgrass Dominated Grassland 11:05 am Alan Ramsey MPG Ranch Black Bears Lunch 1:30 pm Rob Domenech Summary of Raptor View Research Institutes Eagle Research on MPG Ranch 2:20 pm Alanna Shaw Poa secunda genetics: A Comparison of Local and Commercial Plant Materials Break 3:05 pm Megan Fylling Fall Songbird Migration Along the Bitterroot Corridor 3:30 pm Mike McTee The Biogeochemistry and Remediation of Elemental Sulfur Contaminated Soils 3:55 pm Anna Noson How Timing and Placement of Breeding Territories in Woody Draws Relate to Underlying Habitat Conditions for 5 Focal Species on MPG Ranch 4:20 pm Craig Jourdonnais Hunting Public Elk on Private Land: An Awkard Mesh of Goals and Objectives
Joshua graduated from the University of Montana, Missoula, in 2009 with an M.A. in Intercultural Youth and Family Development. Joshua has designed and implemented wilderness and experiential-based education programs for various agencies since 2001. He has worked in Missoula since 2005 predominately with disadvantaged populations providing challenging and empowering programming for youth and adults alike.At MPG, Joshua works to coordinate with local agencies and school districts as well as the university to connect students and members of the community to MPG’s work. He also recruits and mobilizes volunteers to accomplish various projects for the ranch. In his free time, Joshua enjoys exploring Montana’s wild places. As an avid outdoorsman, he enjoys any pursuit that keeps him connected to the natural world.