MISSOULA – Students from the W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation at the University of Montana will study conservation and sustainability in Chile and Tasmania in the new year. The college recently awarded a select group of students a total of $32,000 in Franke Sustainability Fellowships to support what is expected to be transformative experiences.
Six students will attend a field course in Chile over wintersession and conduct follow-up research and one student will do an exchange in Tasmania during spring semester. The list of students follow:
- Amber Auld is a senior majoring in ecosystem science and restoration from Lead, South Dakota. She is an active member of several student clubs including Forestry Club, Society for Ecological Restoration student chapter and the Woodsman Team.
- Isabella Evavold is a junior majoring in wildlife biology with a minor in climate change studies from Superior, Wisconsin.
- Luke Johnson is a junior studying wildlife biology with a minor in international development studies. Johnson, from Bozeman, currently is studying abroad at the University of Concepcion in Chile, after receiving a separate Franke student scholarship last spring.
- Rebecca Levandowski is a senior studying resource conservation with a minor in climate change studies. Levandowski, from Billings, also is a student in the Franke Global Leadership Initiative and an honors student.
- Arizona Martin is a junior majoring in ecosystem science and restoration. Martin, from Hamilton, also will complete the field learning requirement for the ecosystems science and restoration major by doing a service-learning project in Chile.
- Kyle Milne is a senior majoring in parks, tourism and recreation management with a minor in business administration. Milne, from Cooper Landing, Alaska, will spend four months on a student exchange at the University of Tasmania, focusing on sustainable tourism in island places.
- Jack Whittle is a sophomore majoring in ecosystem science and restoration from Seaside, Oregon. He also works as a UM advocate, promoting UM to outside constituents.
In 2016, William A. and Carolyn Franke and their family presented UM with the largest single gift in its history. The W.A. Franke Sustainability Fellowship Program in the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation was made possible through this gift. The FSFP supports undergraduate students who engage in field-based, experiential education related to sustainability.
In the six-credit course held in the Patagonia region of Chile, led by Professor Cara Nelson, students participate in a six-day service-learning research project with the Chilean organization responsible for managing national forests and parks. They’ll also spend eight days backpacking through three protected areas and interact with Chilean land managers, scientists and community members. After the field course has concluded they will conduct independent research.