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Omolola Betiku - PhD Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Pat Hatfield
Research topic: Using alternative ingredients in formulating cost-effective fish diets that support maximum growth and health of fish.
Email:  ocbetiku@gmail.com

 

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

 

Laura Brutscher - PhD Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Carl Yeoman and Michelle Flenniken (Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology)
Research Topic: Honey bee antiviral immunity and the role of the microbiome in colony health, as well as the wheat stem sawfly microbiome.
Email:  lmbrutsc@cord.edu

 

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. 
 
 

Eric Elkins - MS Candidate 

Advisor:  Dr. Bok Sowell
Research Topic: Relationships between conifer species, red squirrel middens, and grizzly bear activity
Email:  eelkins14@hotmail.com
 
 

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.
Email:  ngarcianeto@gmail.com

 

Emily Gates - MS Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Clayton Marlow and Dr. Lance Vermeire (USDA-ARS Fort Keogh)
Research Topic: The effects of wildfire on Northern mixed grass prairie.
Email:  emily.gates1@msu.montana.edu

 

Rashelle Herrygers - MS Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Jim Berardinelli
Research Topic:  Reproduction physiology and metabolomics in sheep, cattle, mountain goats and big horn sheep.
Email: shellbell1991@aol.com

 

Jordan Hieber – PhD Candidate

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

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.
Email: brit23@live.com

 

Mark Kurzen - MS Candidate

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

 

Medora Lachman - MS Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Carl Yeoman
Research Topic: USDA and Land ’o’ Lakes supported project characterizing the sources and successional development of the rumen microbiota in lambs and the impact of these early microbes on immunological development.
 

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
 

Alicia Netter - MS Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Bok Sowell and Dr. Dan Tyers
Research Topic: Moose/willow and trophic cascades.
 

Chad Page - MS Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Whit Stewart
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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

Danielle Staudenmeyer - MS Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Emily Glunk
Research Topic: The effects of feeding reduced-lignin alfalfa on growing beef cattle performance.
 

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
 

Nichole Walker - MS Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Bok Sowell
Research Topic: Grizzly bear use of forest successional stages in Island Park, ID.
 

Smith Wells - MS Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Lance McNew
Research Topic: Grizzly bear use of Forest Service grazing allotments in the Greater Yellowstone Area.
 

Sam Wyffels - PhD Candidate

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

Recent Graduates

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

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