UM Seminar Series to Explore Conservation Social Science

February 04, 2014

MISSOULA – University of Montana faculty members and experts will examine current topics in conservation social science during a spring semester seminar series. The Seminar in Conservation Social Science, a one-credit graduate seminar in the UM College of Forestry and Conservation, is free and open to the public.

All seminars will take place from 4:10 to 5 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 6-May 1, in Forestry Building Room 301.

The seminar schedule is:

  • Feb. 6: “Western Water and Land Trusts: Applied Research Builds Bridges in the Conservation Community,” Sarah Bates, Senior Fellow, UM Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy.
  • Feb. 20: “Collaboration: Why it Sucks and Why I Still Believe in it,” Melanie Parker, executive director, Northwest Connections.
  • March 6: “Solving Sage-Grouse: From Science to Solutions,” David Naugle, UM professor of wildlife biology and science adviser, Sage Grouse Initiative.
  • March 13: “Why the Alliance for the Wild Rockies is Challenging Collaborative Timber Sales in the Seeley-Swan Valley,” Michael Garrity, executive director, Alliance for the Wild Rockies.
  • March 20: “A Year in Review,” Tracy Stone-Manning, director, Montana Department of Environmental Quality.
  • April 10: “How Water Law Can Adapt to Protect the Fishery,” Michelle Bryan Mudd, UM associate professor of law and co-director of Land Use and Natural Resources Clinic.
  • April 17: “Adaptive Management and Forest Restoration in a Changing Climate,” Anne Carlson, climate associate, The Wilderness Society.
  •  April 24: “Under Pressure: Coal Industry Rhetoric in the Age of Neoliberalism,” Steve Schwarze, UM associate professor and chair, Department of Communication Studies.
  • May 1: “Damn Proud to be a Grizzly Bear Conservationist in a Time of Ideological Idiocy,” Seth Wilson, conservation biologist and researcher at the Blackfoot Challenge and Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative.

For more information on the seminar series, call Nicky Phear, seminar co-facilitator, at 406-243-6932 or email   




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Contact: Nicky Phear, UM College of Forestry and Conservation adjunct instructor and seminar series co-facilitator, 406-243-6932,