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June 24, 2013

MISSOULA – Graduate students in environmental science and related fields have earned enhancement funds from the Montana Institute on Ecosystems. The students are working with IoE faculty at the University of Montana and Montana State University.

The awards, in amounts up to $1,000, can be used for travel, supplies, publication support or research, or can be used to attend or convene a professional meeting.

UM students receiving awards are:

  • Sarah Castle, forestry, Idaho Springs, Colo.
  • Emily Clark, forestry, Leawood, Kan.
  • Amanda DelVecchia, systems ecology, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Sharon Hood, organismal biology and ecology, Mobile, Ala.
  • Eric Johnson, economics, Hamilton.
  • Leslie Jones, systems ecology, Whitefish.
  • Blake Lowrey, systems ecology, Denver.
  • Jacob Lucero, organismal biology and ecology, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Kimiko Nygaard, forestry, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Mandy Slate, organismal biology and ecology, Bozeman.
  • Dan Vanderpool, division of biological sciences, Weippe, Idaho.
  • Kate Walker, environmental science and natural resource journalism, Dartmouth, Mass.

The Institute on Ecosystems is a multi-institutional community dedicated to understanding complex ecosystems and the interconnectedness of people and nature. Its internship program supports students who explore the effects of climate change in sustaining healthy ecosystems and economic growth. For more information visit



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Contact: Gay Allison, Montana Institute on Ecosystems, 406-243-2617,