Doctoral Students

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James Adeyemi | Spring '24


Multispecies identification of biological indicators to predict carcass and meat quality

Advisors: Jane Ann Boles
Jennifer Thomson

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Vinicius Alves Cruz | Summer '26


The effect of trace mineral supplementation on late gestating cows and its impact on the offspring

Advisor: Rodrigo Marques

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Thomas Hamilton


Assessing mid and late gestation cattle grazing dormant rangeland during the winter months

Advisor: Timothy DelCurto

   From: Oregon
   thomas.hamilton2@montana.edu
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Robert Haynam | Summer '23


The movement ecology and demography of female sage-grouse in NE Montana

Advisor: Lance McNew

   From: Wyoming
   robert.haynam@montana.edu
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Liz Leipold | Summer  '23


Developing and evaluating a population monitoring method for dusky grouse in Montana, including developing habitat models and appropriate field and analytical methods for monitoring dusky grouse populations

Advisor: Lance McNew

   From: Maryland
   elizabeth.leipold@montana.edu

Master's Students

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Taylor Bayne | Fall '23 


Evaluating an AI-enabled camera trap and its potential application for wildlife-livestock conflict prevention

Advisors: Jared Beaver
Jeff Mosley

   From: Wyoming
   taylorbayne1@montana.edu
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Macy Collins | Spring '24


Characterizing the wool microbiome and its influence on wool and lamb production

Advisor: Chris Posbergh

   From: Colorado
   mcollins74539@gmail.com
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Matthew Conrad | Spring '23 


Effects of bisphosphonate use on endocrine biomarkers in growing horses

Advisor: Amanda Bradbery

   From: South Korea 
   mbatmconrad@gmail.com
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Rachael Dines | Fall '22 


The longterm effects of beaver reintroduction and moose browsing pressure on willow in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness

Advisor: Bok Sowell

   From: Colorado
   rachael.dines@outlook.com
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Amanda Grube | Fall '24 


Assessing sulfur fertilizations as a means to improve statewide forage quality and value by reducing nitrate accumulations in cereal forages

Advisor: Hayes Goosey

   From: Pennsylvania
   amanda.grube@student.montana.edu
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Herlin Kadriu | Spring '23  


Development of bovine intestinal organoid models to study immune modulation by gut microbes

Advisor: Carl Yeoman

   From: Albania
   kadriu266@gmail.com
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Janessa Kluth | Spring '24 


Comparing the botanical composition and quality of beef cattle diets on unburned and/or burned rangeland 

Advisor: Timothy DelCurto

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Nicholas Lowing | Summer '23 


Capturing snowmelt to increase plant production and livestock grazing in high elevation sagebrush rangelands 

Advisor: Bok Sowell

   From: Michigan
   nalowing@gmail.com
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Eden Manuel | Fall '22 


Nutritive effects on bovine embryonic survival

Advisor: Sarah McCoski

   From: Illinois
   eden.manuel3@gmail.com
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Danielle Mee | Fall '24 


Collecting data and analyzing human impact within the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness that will then be compared to grizzly bear distribution

Advisors: Clayton Marlow, Dan Tyers, Craig Olwert

   From: Colorado 
   danielle.mee83@gmail.com
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Makayla Ogg | Fall '22 


Administration of injectible minerals during early gestation will help to enhance placental function resulting in developmental programming effects which result in enhanced calf performance

Advisor: Sarah McCoski

   From: Michigan 
   makayla.ogg@student.montana.edu
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Aaron O'Harra | Spring '23 


The response of greater sage grouse nests and nest predators to fence modifications made in the Centennial Valley of Montana

Advisor: Bok Sowell

   From: Idaho 
   aaron.oharra@student.montana.edu
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Jeremiah Peterson | Spring '24 


Evaluating the influence of protein status on intake, ruminal digestion, thermal regulation and metobolic rates in beef cattle consuming low-quality forages

Advisor: Timothy DelCurto

   From: Idaho
   petersonjeremiah7@gmail.com
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Laura Robison | Spring '23 


Assessing the effects of small sagebrush meadow restoration structures on improving wildlife habitat in Southwest Montana

Advisor: Bok Sowell 

   From: California 
   lrobison7@gmail.com
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Nathan Schaff | Spring '23 


The use of blood metabolites to predict flavor profiles in sheep

Advisors: Jennifer Thomson, Jane Ann Boles

   From: Montana 
   nathan.schaff@montana.edu
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Daniel Schaub | Spring '23 


Relationships of feed efficiency, intake, growth estimated breeding values and microbial populations in range sheep

Advisor: Chris Posbergh

   From: Michigan 
   daniel.schaub2@student.montana.edu 
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Taylre Sitz | Fall '22 


Characterizing foot scores of Montana's registered Angus cattle

Advisor: Timothy DelCurto

   From: Montana 
   taylreesitz@gmail.com
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Hunter Stier | Summer '23 


Investigating the utility of ecological sites and soil properties for management of greater sage-grouse habitat and the validity of commonly used field-based soil sampling protocols 

Advisor: Lance McNew

   From: Michigan 
   hunter.stier@montana.edu
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Aubrey Sullivan | Fall '24 


Ecology of reintroduced sharp-tailed grouse in Western Montana

Advisor: Lance McNew

   From: California 
   aubrey.sullivan@student.montana.edu
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Alexis Trauner | Spring '23 


Investigating the effects of late-term maternal overnutrition on reproductive health in male neonatal equine offspring

Advisor: Amanda Bradbery

   From: Florida 
   alexis.trauner@student.montana.edu
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Franci Welter | Spring '23 


Examining how under nutrition in gestating ewes affects the behavior, function and formation of trophblast binucleate cells and the expression of pregnancy associated glycoproteins 

Advisor: Sarah McCoski

   From: Colorado 
   franciw05@gmail.com
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Abigail Zezeski | Spring '25


Evaluating preimplantation embryo development using flow cytometry

Advisor: Sarah McCoski

   From: Virginia
   abbyz2012@gmail.com