MISSOULA – The journal Proceedings of the Bhutan Ecological Society recently launched with support from researchers and a doctoral student in the College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana.
UM faculty members Jill Belsky, Mark Hebblewhite and Steve Siebert, as well as UM doctoral student Tshering Tempa, are members of the editorial board for the journal. Former UM faculty member Scott Mills and former doctoral student Ellen Cheng also served on the board.
Belsky, Hebblewhite and Siebert all have worked in Bhutan on a variety of research projects – from studying Asian tigers to looking at historic livelihoods – for more than a decade.
Several Bhutanese graduate students also have attended UM. Cheng currently works as a research scientist with the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment. UM has had a formal memorandum of understanding with UWICE since 2012.
Proceedings will cover various ecological issues facing Bhutan in its next issue, including the challenges of hydroelectric power. The journal can be read online at http://www.bhutanecologicalsociety.org.bt/publications.php.