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Gabrielle Blanchette - MS Candidate

Advisors: Dr. Craig Carr and Dr. Hayes Goosey
Research Topic: Effects of livestock grazing management on native rangeland pollinators.
 

Sarah Blatter - MS Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Thomson
Research Topic: The pattern of gene expression in muscle and adipose tissue and its relationship to growth and quality grade of beef carcasses.

 

Joanna Borgogna - PhD Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Carl Yeoman
Research Topic: Broadly investigates the vaginal microbiome and metabolome of women in relation to disease and health.
Email:  joanna.borgogna@gmail.com

 

Cayce Cover - MS Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Shannon Moreaux
Research Topic: The effects of using probiotics and/or prebiotics on equine hindgut digestion.
Email:  cayce.cover94@gmail.com

 

Kyle Cutting - PhD Candidate

Advisor: Drs. Bok Sowell, Jay Rotella and Dan Tyres
Research Topic: Working with sage grouse and grazing in the Centennial Valley, MT. 
 
 

Hannah Del Curto - PhD Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Jan Bowman
Research Topic:
Email: hannah.delcurto@montana.edu
 
 

Krista Eiseman - PhD Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Megan Van Emon
Research Topic:
Email: krista.eiseman@student.montana.edu
 

Elizabeth Flesch - PhD Candidate

Advisor: Drs. Jennifer Thomson and Bob Garrott (Ecology)
Research Topic: Bighorn sheep genetics.
Email:  elizabeth.flesch@yahoo.com

 

Neto Garcia - PhD Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Clayton Marlow
Research Topic: Generalizing and transferring a GIS-based bison distribution model from one hot spot to another hot spot.

Jordan Hieber – PhD Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Thomson
Research Topic: Inbreeding and Inbreeding Depression in Linebred Beef Cattle
 

Ashton Hubbard - MS Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Rachel Endecott
Research Topic: Investigating whether calcium propionate elicits similar feed efficiency and reproductive responses as Rumensin in developing heifers.
Email: ashtonhubbard@ymail.com

 

Brittani Johnson - MS Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Lance McNew
Research Topic: Electric fence permeability and how it affects grizzly and black bear movement on a small and large scale in the Blackfoot Valley of Montana.

 

Ryan Knuth - MS Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Tom Murphy
Research Topic: The effect of maternal zinc supplementation on ewe mastitis and lamb performance.
Email: ryan.knuth@montana.edu

 

Mark Kurzen - MS Candidate

Advisor: Drs. Dan Tyres and Bok Sowell
Research Topic: Snowshoe hare population and habitat selection in the Bear Creek drainage.

Ian McGregor - MS Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Megan Van Emon
Research Topic: Determining the impacts of sugar beets on steer backgrounding performance and sheep nutrient metabolism. 
Email: irmcgreg@ncsu.edu  
 

Megan Milligan – PhD Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Lance McNew
Research Topic: Effects of grazing management on the ecology of sharp-tailed grouse
Email:  megan.milligan11@gmail.com
 
 

Erika Nunlist – MS Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Bok Sowell
Research Topic: Grizzly bear and human use around alpine aggregations of army cutworm moths and natal origins of the moths using stable isotope analysis.
Email: erikanunlist@gmail.com

Chad Page - MS Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Tom Murphy
Research Topic: Trace mineral survey in weaned ram lambs across Montana, and chelated mineral supplementation and the effects it has on fertility and growth in ram lambs.
 
 

Cory Parsons – PhD Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Tim Del Curto
Research Topic:
Email: cory.parsons@montana.edu
 

Jarrett Payne - MS Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Jeff Mosley
Research Topic: Targeted cattle grazing to improve greater sage grouse brood rearing habitat through protein supplementation.
 

Kate Perz - PhD Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Thomson
Research Topic: Mechanisms that underpin variation in livestock feed efficiency.
 
 

John Pulliam – MS Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Lance McNew
Research Topic:
Email: john.pulliam@montana.edu
 

Torrey Ritter - MS Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Lance McNew
Research Topic: Habitat selection, movements, and survival of dispersing juvenile beavers in Southwestern Montana.
 

Anish Sapkota - MS Candidate

Advisor: Drs. Emily Glunk and Jessica Torrion.
Research Topic: Optimizing boron maintenance fertilization for alfalfa.
 

Skyler Vold - MS Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Lance McNew
Research Topic: Effects of grazing systems on the abundance and diversity of grassland birds and mesocarnivores in northern mixed-grass prairie habitats
 
 

Alyson Williams (Hicks-Lynch) - MS Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Tim DelCurto
Research Topic: Grazing distribution patterns and forage intake differences between mother beef cows of differing size and efficiency classification.
Email:  alysonrose@gorge.net
 
 

Hayley White – MS Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Tim Del Curto
Research Topic: Salt Limited Intake: Impacts of Salt Level, Frequency, and Form of Supplement on Intake, Nutrient Digestion, and Variability of Supplement Intake in Beef Cattle
Email: hayw3e@gmail.com 
 

Sam Wyffels - PhD Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Lance McNew
Research Topic: Grazing Ecology and Ecophysiology
 
 
 

Recent Graduates

2017

Omolola Betiku 
Degree: PhD in Animal & Range Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Pat Hatfield
 
Eric Elkins
Degree: MS in Animal & Range Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Bok Sowell
 
Rashelle Herrygers
Degree: MS in Animal & Range Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Jim Berardinelli
 
Danielle Staudenmeyer
Degree: MS in Animal & Range Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Emily Glunk
 
Smith Wells
Degree: MS in Animal & Range Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Lance McNew

2016

Emily Gates
Degree: MS in Animal & Range Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Clayton Marlow and Dr. Lance Vermeire (USDA-ARS Fort Keogh)
 
Rebecca Ozeran
Degree: MS in Animal & Range Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Craig Carr
 
JoãoRossi
Degree: MS in Animal & Range Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Bok Sowell
 
Brooke Regan
Degree: MS in Animal & Range Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Bok Sowell
 
Sean Schroff
Degree: MS in Animal & Range Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Bok Sowell
 
Jasmine Westbook
Degree: MS in Animal & Range Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Craig Carr
 

2015

Joshua Buckmaster
Degree:  MS in Animal & Range Sciences 
Advisors:  Dr. Clayton Marlow

Sam Tulganyam
Degree:  MS in Animal & Range Sciences 
Advisors:  Dr. Craig Carr

Andrew Williams
Degree:  MS in Animal & Range Sciences 
Advisors:  Dr. Jane Boles

2014

Brian Roy Ham
Degree:  MS in Animal & Range Sciences 
Thesis:  2014.  The evaluation of pellet type-preference and dietary soy sensitivity in Snake River cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkia). 
Advisors:  Dr. Wendy Sealey, Dr. Carl Yeoman

Kaitlyn Claire Spence
Degree:  MS in Animal & Range Sciences 
Thesis:  2014.  The effects of feeding high-linoleic safflower seeds on estrus synchronization in beef heifers. 
Advisors:  Dr. Jan Bowman and Dr. Glenn Duff

Jeffrey David Swartz
Degree:  MS in Animal & Range Sciences 
Thesis:  2014.  Metabolic and microbial impacts on reproduction in livestock. 
Advisor:  Dr. Carl Yeoman

2013

Jacob Michael Anderson
Degree:  MS in Animal & Range Sciences 
Thesis:  2013.  The decline of a riparian gallery forest in Devils Tower, Wyoming : causation and management techniques for restoration. 
Advisor:  Dr. Clayton Marlow

Paula Helmecke
Degree:  MS in Animal & Range Sciences 
Thesis:  2013.  Effects of psyllium supplementation on serum protein, triglycerides, electrolytes and packed cell volume in horses grazing rapidly growing cool season grasses. 
Advisor:  Dr. Shannon John J. Moreaux

Katelyn Storey Kohlbeck
Degree:  MS in Animal & Range Sciences 
Thesis:  2013.  Effect of temperament and growth rate on tenderness of beef steaks from Simmental cross steers. 
Advisor:  Dr. Jane Ann Boles

Katharine Anna Perz
Degree:  MS in Animal & Range Sciences 
Thesis:  2013.  Effect of growth path on carcass composition and meat quality. 
Advisor:  Dr. Jane Ann Boles

Tucker Fredrick Porter
Degree:  MS in Animal & Range Sciences 
Thesis:  2013.  Comparison of three remote sensing techniques to measure biomass on CRP pastureland. 
Advisor:  Dr. Bok Sowell

Jaclyn Lenae Rohrs
Degree:  MS in Animal & Range Sciences 
Thesis:  2013.  Metabolic and morphometric effects of psyllium supplementation in horses grazing rapidly growing cool season grasses. 
Advisor:  Dr. Shannon John J. Moreaux

Molly Jean Runyon
Degree:  MS in Animal & Range Sciences 
Thesis:  2013.  Effects of beaver reintroduction and ungulate browsing on aspen recovery in the Eagle Creek drainage of the northern Yellowstone winter range. 
Advisor:  Dr. Bok Sowell

Katherine Parsons Sharon
Degree:  MS in Animal & Range Sciences 
Thesis:  2013.  Effects of on-arrival, delayed vaccination and supplemental lysine on performance, antibody titer, temperature and metabolic profiles in response to modified-live viral respiratory vaccination. 
Advisor:  Dr. Glenn Duff

Katie Rene’ Tierney
Degree:  MS in Animal & Range Sciences 
Thesis:  2013.  Effects of training on cattle grazing spotted knapweed and Canada thistle. 
Advisor:  Dr. Bret Olson