Michelle Anderson to lead On the Rocks

UMW News Bureau

University of Montana Western Assistant Professor of Biology Michelle Anderson

University of Montana Western Assistant Professor of Biology Michelle Anderson will present the third On the Rocks of the Fall 2012 semester.

On the Rocks is a scientific colloquium sponsored by the UMW Environmental Sciences Department.

Anderson’s research explores how natural and anthropogenic disturbances shape ecological interactions. Her most recent work examines the role fluctuations in temperature, hydrology and vegetation structure play in shaping aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems as well as the human dimensions of these changes. Anderson’s interest in disturbance impacts provides her with diverse opportunities to work with students, private landowners, non-profit scientific organizations and public land management agencies.

Fully utilizing Montana Western’s innovative block scheduling system, Anderson is able to pursue service-learning activities and fisheries, wildlife and climate research in the context of her undergraduate classes. This work is facilitated by a collaboration with scientists from the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Yellowstone National Park, Flathead Lake Biological Stations, Ecological Research as Education Network (EREN) and The Nature Conservancy.

Anderson’s presentation will take place on Monday, Nov. 5 at 4 p.m. in Block Hall Room 311. The On the Rocks series is free and open to the public.