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Dr. Lance McNew, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

 

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Lance McNew

Education:

Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Kansas State University; 2010
M.S., Zoology, emphasis in Wildlife Ecology. Southern Illinois University; 2003
B.S., Zoology, Eastern Illinois University; 2001

 

Professional Experience:

Assistant Professor, Department of Animal & Range Sciences, MSU; 2014-present
Research Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center; 2012-14
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Division of Biology, Kansas State University; 2010-12
Graduate Research Assistant (Ph.D.), Division of Biology, Kansas State University; 2006-10
Deer Research Biologist, Indiana Department of Natural Resources; 2003-05

 

 

Graduate Students

Trapper Haynam (Ph.D.)

Project title: Trapper Haynam

Space use, Movements, and Demography of Greater Sage-grouse in Northcentral Montana

 

Education:

B.A., Biology (Ecology and Organismal Biology), University of Montana; 2010.

B.S., Geology (Environmental), University of Montana; 2010.

M.S., Systems Ecology, University of Montana; 2017.

 

Professional Experience:

Graduate Research Assistant (Ph.D.), Department of Animal & Range Sciences, MSU; 2018-present.

Research Biologist, Craighead Beringia South; 2012–2017.

Wildlife Technician, University of Wyoming; 2011

Avian Technician, Craighead Beringia South; 2005–2010.

 

Brittani Johnson (M.S.)

Project title: Brittani Johnson

  

 

Education:

B.S., Wildlife Biology, University of Montana; 2014.

 

Professional Experience:

Graduate Research Assistance (M.S.), Department of Animal & Range Sciences, MSU; 2015-present.

Bear & Mountain Lion Management Technician, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks; 2013-2015.

Wildlife Technician, U.S. Forest Service; 2011, 2012.

 

Megan Milligan (Ph.D.)

Project title: Megan Milligan

Effects of Livestock Grazing Management on the Ecology of Sharp-tailed Grouse in Mixed Grass Prairie Habitats of Montana    

 

Education:

M.S., Wildlife, Humboldt State University, 2014

B.A., Environmental Studies, Carleton College, 2011

 

Professional Experience:

Graduate Research Assistant (Ph.D.), Department of Animal and Range Sciences, MSU, 2016-present

Field Technician, Monash University, Australia, 2015

Hihi Contractor, Hihi Recovery Group, New Zealand, 2015

Field Technician, Hastings Natural History Reserve, CA, 2015

Field Technician, U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center, 2014

Graduate Assistant, Humboldt State University, 2013-2014

 

John Pulliam (M.S.)

Project title: John Pulliam

Defining habitat quality for northern grassland songbirds in Montana.    

 

Education:

B.S., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine, 2010

 

Professional Experience:

Graduate Research Assistant (M.S.), Department of Animal and Range Sciences, MSU, 2017-present

Field Technician, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, Montana, 2016

Research Technician, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 2015

Mist Net Assistant, University of Southern Mississippi, 2014

Avian Field Technician, Texas A&M University, 2014

Bird Bander, Huntsman Marine Science Centre, NB, Canada, 2013

Nest Searching Intern, Klamath Bird Observatory, Oregon, 2012

 

Torrey Ritter (M.S.)

Project title: Torrey Ritter

Habitat selection, Movements, and Survival of Dispersing Juvenile Beavers in Southwestern Montana.

 

Education:

B.S., Ecology, Montana State University, 2011.

 

Professional Experience:

Graduate Research Assistance (M.S.), Department of Animal & Range Sciences, MSU; 2015-present.

Lead Technician (seasonal), Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee; 2013-2014.

Wildlife Technician, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks; 2013-2015.

 

Skyler Vold (M.S.)

Project title: Skylar Vold

Effects of grazing systems on the abundance and diversity of grassland birds and mesocarnivores in northern mixed-grass prairie habitats

 

Education:

B.S., Wildlife Biology and Environmental Studies,   Bemidji State University; 2015.

 

Professional Experience:

Graduate Research Assistance (M.S.), Department of Animal & Range Sciences, MSU; 2016-present.

Wildlife Technician, Montana State University; 2015

Avian Research Assistant, U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center; 2013-14

Field & Lab Technician, French Agricultural Research; 2009-12.

 

Sam Wyffels (Ph.D.)

Sam Wyffels Graduate Student

Project title: 

Effects of Protein Supplementation and Dormant Season Grazing on Cattle Behavior, Rangeland Condition, and Animal Performance in Northern Mixed Grass Prairie.

 

Education:

M.S., Animal Science, Oregon State University; 2009
B.S., Rangeland Management and Ecology/ Crop and Soil Science; 2006

 

Professional Experience:

Graduate Research Assistance (Ph.D.), Department of Animal & Range Sciences, MSU; 2014-present
Soil Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services, Baker City, OR; 2010-14
Natural Resource Conservationist, Union Soil and Water Conservation District, La Grande, OR; 2009-10
Graduate Research Assistant (M.S.), Department of Animal Science, Oregon State University; 2006-09

 

Undergraduate Students

Elisabeth Krieger

Elisabeth Krieger

Elisabeth assists with a variety of projects in the lab and is leading an independent study evaluating the effects of rangeland management on invertebrate biomass in northern mixed-grass prairies.

 

Education:

B.S., Natural Resources & Rangeland Ecology (in progress)

 

Lara Macon

Lara Macon

Lara assists with several projects and is developing an independent study evaluating habitat selection by sharp-tailed grouse broods in eastern Montana.

 

Education:

B.S., Natural Resources & Rangeland Ecology (in progress)

 

 

 

Former Lab Members

  • Smith L. Wells (M.S., 2017).  Livestock depredation by grizzly bears on forest service grazing allotments in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Smith is a GIS specialist with Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks in Helena, MT.