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Doing Business As Name:Montana University System Office
  • Ragan M Callaway
  • (406) 243-5077
Award Date:09/22/2011
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 20,000,000
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 7,268,017
  • FY 2012=$2,000,000
  • FY 2013=$1,268,017
  • FY 2011=$4,000,000
Start Date:09/01/2011
End Date:06/30/2014
Transaction Type: Cooperative Agreements
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.083
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:Infrastructure via Science and Technology Enhanced Partnerships III
Federal Award ID Number:1101342
DUNS ID:065569048
Parent DUNS ID:079602596
Program:EPSCoR Research Infrastructure
Program Officer:
  • Timothy VanReken
  • (703) 292-7378

Awardee Location

Street:307 Montana Hall
Awardee Cong. District:00

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Montana State University
Cong. District:00

Abstract at Time of Award

This RII award to Montana EPSCoR will build a coordinated research program linking microbiology, ecology, and climatology to understand the dynamics of the processes that govern how an ecosystem responds to climate change. Through this interdisciplinary and ecosystem-centric approach, the program will provide an innovative model that is both regionally relevant and nationally significant, while capitalizing on the unique resources and scientific strengths in Montana. The funded participants include Montana University System (MUS), University of Montana (UM), and seven tribal colleges: Blackfeet Community College, Fort Peck Community College, Little Big Horn College, Stone Child College, Fort Belknap College, Fort Peck Community College, and Salish Koontenai College. This project will form a single statewide umbrella institute, the Montana University System Consortium for Ecosystem Research and Education (MtCERE), which will build on past EPSCoR investments to acquire new talent in targeted scientific areas, establish shared research facilities, and develop an integrated education, diversity, and outreach program. Intellectual Merit The proposed MT EPSCoR research program aims to link microbial ecology, systems ecology, and climatology to investigate the multi-scale processes that govern ecosystem responses to climate change. In particular, researchers will examine how physical and biotic processes, operating at multiple scales, interact to govern ecosystem structure and function and the influence of climate change on these systems. The project has identified three focal areas to study: 1) feedback between microbial dynamics and ecosystem processes; 2) linkages among landscape patterns and ecosystem processes; and 3) impacts of multi-scale interactions and specific vulnerabilities of species and ecosystems to climate change. The project will involve interdisciplinary experimentation, observation, modeling, and iterative data-model comparisons in four benchmark Montana ecosystems, including the Crown of the Continent, High Plains, Upper Missouri, and Greater Yellowstone. Broader Impacts The research outcomes will have strong relevance to a broad set of research fields, both within Montana and nationally. The project has an extensive diversity plan to enhance math and science success for Native American undergraduate students and other underrepresented groups, improve core environmental sciences education at Tribal Colleges, support accelerated math preparation for Tribal College students, and increase the number of Native American Ph.D. students in environmental sciences. Workforce development efforts include research partnerships, teaching-the-teacher programs, pre-college student opportunities, team-centered research internships and mentoring, and new approaches for science communication to promote Montana?s connection to science and provide the state?s rural and underrepresented populations. In addition, the project plans to take advantage of Montana?s unique natural areas, including Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, to have extensive external engagement with the general public.

Publications Produced as a Result of this Research

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Rosen, BP; Ajees, AA; McDermott, TR "Life and death with arsenic Arsenic life: An analysis of the recent report "A bacterium that can grow by using arsenic instead of phosphorus"" BIOESSAYS, v.33, 2011, p.350. doi:10.1002/bies.20110001  View record at Web of Science

McCutcheon, J.P. and Moran, N.A. "Extreme genome reduction in symbiotic bacteria" Nature Reviews Microbiology, v.10, 2012, p.13-26.

Hansen, AJ; Davis, CR; Piekielek, N; Gross, J; Theobald, DM; Goetz, S; Melton, F; DeFries, R "Delineating the Ecosystems Containing Protected Areas for Monitoring and Management" BIOSCIENCE, v.61, 2011, p.363. doi:10.1525/bio.2011.61.5.  View record at Web of Science

Liu, G., M. Liu, E-H. Kim, W. Matty, B. Bothner, B. Lei, C. Rensing, G. Wang, and T.R. McDermott. "A periplasmic arsenite-binding protein involved in regulating arsenite oxidation." Environ. Microbiol, v., 2011, p.. doi:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2011.02672.x 

Dixon, K.J. "Historical Archaeologies in the American West" Journal of Archaeological Research, v.21, 2013, p.4.

De Melo-Martin, I; Intemann, K "Feminist Resources for Biomedical Research: Lessons from the HPV Vaccines" HYPATIA-A JOURNAL OF FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY, v.26, 2011, p.79. doi:10.1111/j.1527-2001.2010.01144.  View record at Web of Science

Shaw G.E. White E., Gammons C.H. "Characterizing groundwater?lake interactions and its impact on lake water quality" Journal of Hydrology, v.492, 2013, p.69-78. 

Meadow, JF; Zabinski, CA "Linking symbiont community structures in a model arbuscular mycorrhizal system" NEW PHYTOLOGIST, v.194, 2012, p.800. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2012.04096.  View record at Web of Science

Lucero JE, Payne J, McMillan BR. "The valve method of decanting seeds from a flotation solution" Seed Technology, v.34, 2012, p.217-226.

Clingenpeel, S; Macur, RE; Kan, JJ; Inskeep, WP; Lovalvo, D; Varley, J; Mathur, E; Nealson, K; Gorby, Y; Jiang, HC; LaFracois, T; McDermott, TR "Yellowstone Lake: high-energy geochemistry and rich bacterial diversity" ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY, v.13, 2011, p.2172. doi:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2011.02466.  View record at Web of Science

Fockler, M. "Review of Field Guide to California Agriculture." Historical Geography, v.39, 2012, p..

Shang, J; Cheng, F; Dubey, M; Kaplan, JM; Rawal, M; Jiang, X; Newburg, DS; Sullivan, PA; Andrade, RB; Ratner, DM "An Organophosphonate Strategy for Functionalizing Silicon Photonic Biosensors" LANGMUIR, v.28, 2012, p.3338. doi:10.1021/la204315  View record at Web of Science

Mumma, S.A., Whitlock, C., and Pierce, K.P "A 28,000-year history of vegetation and climate from Lower Red Rock Lake, Centennial Valley, southwestern Montana, USA." Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 326-328: 30-4., v.326-328, 2013, p.30-41. 

Fockler, Matthew. "The National Forest Imperative: A Historical Geography of National Forest Landscapes, Land Use, and Policy, Northern Rockies, Montana." Past Place, v.20/1, 2011, p.11.

Van Leuven, J.T., McCutcheon, J.P. "An AT mutational bias in the tiny GC-rich endosymbiont genome of Hodgkinia" Genome Biology and Evolution, v.4, 2012, p.24-27.

Kan, JJ; Clingenpeel, S; Macur, RE; Inskeep, WP; Lovalvo, D; Varley, J; Gorby, Y; McDermott, TR; Nealson, K "Archaea in Yellowstone Lake" ISME JOURNAL, v.5, 2011, p.1784. doi:10.1038/ismej.2011.5  View record at Web of Science

Pollnac, F. W., T. Seipel, et al. "Plant invasion at landscape and local scales along roadways in the mountainous region of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem" Biological Invasions, v., 2012, p.. doi:10.1007/s10530-012-0188-y 

de Melo-Martin, I; Intemann, K "INTERPRETING EVIDENCE why values can matter as much as science" PERSPECTIVES IN BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE, v.55, 2012, p.59. View record at Web of Science

Olbricht, BC; Sullivan, PA; Dennis, PC; Hurst, JT; Johnson, LE; Benight, SJ; Davies, JA; Chen, AT; Eichinger, BE; Reid, PJ; Dalton, LR; Robinson, BH "Measuring Order in Contact-Poled Organic Electrooptic Materials with Variable-Angle Polarization-Referenced Absorption Spectroscopy (VAPRAS)" JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, v.115, 2011, p.231. doi:10.1021/jp107995  View record at Web of Science

Whitlock, C "Review of Fire Management in the American West: Forest Politics and the Rise of Megafires by Mark Hudson, University Press of Colorado." The Wyoming Historical Journal, v.84, 2012, p.26-27.

Crimmins, SM; Dobrowski, SZ; Greenberg, JA; Abatzoglou, JT; Mynsberge, AR "Changes in Climatic Water Balance Drive Downhill Shifts in Plant Species' Optimum Elevations" SCIENCE, v.331, 2011, p.324. doi:10.1126/science.119904  View record at Web of Science

Gammons C.H., Brown A., Poulson S.R., and Henderson T. "Using stable isotopes (S, O) of sulfate to track contamination of the Madison karst aquifer, Montana, from coal mine drainage." Applied Geochemistry, v.31, 2013, p.228-238.. 

Hamilton, TL; Boyd, ES; Peters, JW "Environmental Constraints Underpin the Distribution and Phylogenetic Diversity of nifH in the Yellowstone Geothermal Complex" MICROBIAL ECOLOGY, v.61, 2011, p.860. doi:10.1007/s00248-011-9824-  View record at Web of Science

Dobrowski, SZ; Crimmins, SM; Greenberg, JA; Abatzoglou, JT; Mynsberge, AR "Response to Comments on "Changes in Climatic Water Balance Drive Downhill Shifts in Plant Species' Optimum Elevations"" SCIENCE, v.334, 2011, p.. doi:10.1126/science.120502  View record at Web of Science

Timmons, M.A. and Dixon, K.J. "Coloma Mining District: Gold Mining and Community in Western Montana's Garnet Range" Industrial Archaeology, v.36, 2013, p.2. doi:ISSN 0160-1040 

Hansen, AJ; Phillips, LB; Flather, CH; Robison-Cox, J "Carrying capacity for species richness as a context for conservation: a case study of North American breeding birds" GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY, v.20, 2011, p.817. doi:10.1111/j.1466-8238.2011.00670.  View record at Web of Science

Schleier, JJ; Peterson, RKD "The Joint Toxicity of Type I, II, and Nonester Pyrethroid Insecticides" JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC ENTOMOLOGY, v.105, 2012, p.85. doi:10.1603/EC1126  View record at Web of Science

Davis, CR; Hansen, AJ "Trajectories in land use change around U.S. National Parks and challenges and opportunities for management" ECOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS, v.21, 2011, p.3299. View record at Web of Science

Crimmins, S.M., N.M. Roberts, and D.A. Hamilton. "Age specific reproductive rates of river otters in southern Missouri." Southeastern Naturalist, v.10, 2011, p.501.

Dobrowski, SZ; Thorne, JH; Greenberg, JA; Safford, HD; Mynsberge, AR; Crimmins, SM; Swanson, AK "Modeling plant ranges over 75 years of climate change in California, USA: temporal transferability and species traits" ECOLOGICAL MONOGRAPHS, v.81, 2011, p.241. View record at Web of Science

Baril, LM; Hansen, AJ; Renkin, R; Lawrence, R "Songbird response to increased willow (Salix spp.) growth in Yellowstone's northern range" ECOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS, v.21, 2011, p.2283. View record at Web of Science

Fockler, Matthew. "Raising the Profile: Social Media - Putting the Social in Social Sciences." Past Place, v.20/1, 2011, p.8.

Perry, GLW; Wilmshurst, JM; McGlone, MS; McWethy, DB; Whitlock, C "Explaining fire-driven landscape transformation during the Initial Burning Period of New Zealand's prehistory" GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, v.18, 2012, p.1609. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2011.02631.  View record at Web of Science

Whitlock, C., Dean, W.E., Fritz, S.C., Stevens, L.R., Stone, J.R., Power, M.J., Rosenbaum, J.R., Pierce, K.L., and Bracht-Flyr, B.B "Holocene seasonal variability inferred from multiple proxy records from Crevice Lake, Yellowstone National Park, USA." Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v.331-332, 2013, p.90-103.., 

Maneta, M. and Wallender, W. "Pilot-point based multi-objective calibration in a surface-subsurface distributed hydrologic model" Hydrological Sciences, v.58, 2013, p.1-18.

Landguth, E.L., C.C. Muhlfeld, and G. Luikart "CDFISH: an individual-based, spatially-explicit, landscape genetics simulator for aquatic species in complex riverscapes." Molecular Ecology Resources, v.4, 2013, p.133-136. doi:DOI:10.1007/s12686-011-9492-6. 

Silverman, N. L., M. P. Maneta, S.-H. Chen, and J. T. Harper "Dynamically downscaled winter precipitation over complex terrain of the Central Rockies of Western Montana, USA," Water Resources Reserach, v.49, 2013, p.458-470.

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