This collection includes theses, dissertations, and professional papers from the University of Montana W. A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation. Theses, dissertations, and professional papers from all University of Montana departments and programs may be searched here.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Ponderosa Pine Responses to Biochar, Fertilizer, or Mastication on the Bitterroot National Forest, USA, Haley C. Anderson, Christopher R. Keyes, Edwin J. Burke, Deborah S. Page-Dumroese, and Mark D. Coleman

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Harvest and Persistence of Wolf Populations: Variable Effects of Harvest on Wolf Packs in the Rocky Mountains, Sarah B. Bassing

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SPATIOTEMPORAL VARIABILITY OF HUMIDITY ACROSS THE CONTIGUOUS UNITED STATES AND SOUTHERN CANADA USING REGIONAL NETWORKS, Ruben John Behnke

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Stream restoration effects on hydraulic exchange, storage and alluvial aquifer discharge, Christine M. Brissette

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DISPERSAL, GENETIC STRUCTURE, NETWORK CONNECTIVITY AND CONSERVATION OF AN AT-RISK, LARGE-LANDSCAPE SPECIES, Todd Bartholomew Cross

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COUPLING BIOPHYSICAL COMPLEXITY AND FOREST METABOLISM IN A FLOODPLAIN LANDSCAPE, Peter Davis

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BREEDING HABITAT USE AND FITNESS CONSEQUENCES IN GROUNDNESTING SONGBIRDS, Karolina Fierro-Calderon

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HIGH-RESOLUTION MAPPING OF HIERARCHICAL GREATER SAGE-GROUSE NESTING HABITAT: A GRAIN-SPECTRUM APPROACH IN NORTHWESTERN WYOMING, Robert T. Haynam III

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Understanding patterns and drivers of Alaskan fire-regime variability across spatial and temporal scales, Tyler J. Hoecker

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IMPLICATIONS OF RANCHER DECISION-MAKING PATTERNS IN DOUGLAS COUNTY, WASHINGTON FOR INCENTIVE-BASED CONSERVATION OF SAGE-GROUSE, Clancy Jandreau

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Estimating the Effects of Overstory Retention, Vegetative Competition, and Site Quality on the Height Growth of Small Ponderosa Pine Trees Using Regression Quantiles, Colin P. Kirkmire

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Social Justice in Social-Ecological Systems: Resilience Through Stakeholder Engagement, Frederick I. Lauer

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WHAT THE GRINGOS BROUGHT: A CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF A PRIVATELY PROTECTED AREA IN CHILEAN PATAGONIA, Elena Louder

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DOES TIMING OF HERBICIDE USE INFLUENCE RATES OF GERMINATION OR SEEDLING BIOMASS OF NATIVE PLANTS USED FOR RESTORATION?, Christine McManamen

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DAY HIKERS AND BEAR SAFETY: AN ELABORATION PERSPECTIVE ON COMMUNICATION IN YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Zachary David Miller

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New Methods to Estimate Abundance from Unmarked Populations Using Remote Camera Trap Data, Anna K. Moeller

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NUTRIENT ACQUISITION STRATEGIES IN TROPICAL RAIN FORESTS: NITROGEN AND PHOSPHORUS INTERACTIONS THROUGH PLANTMICROBIAL MUTUALISMS, Megan Kelly Nasto

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STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY AND PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF PONDEROSA PINE OVER TIME AFTER DEATH BETWEEN VECTORS OF MORTALITY, Edward J. O'Donnell

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DRIVERS AND FEEDBACKS OF THE FIRE-GRAZING INTERACTION IN THE NORTHERN GREAT PLAINS, Jacob E. Powell

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LINKING LANDSCAPE PATTERN TO POPULATION PROCESSES FOR A CARNIVOROUS MAMMAL, Keith Michael Slauson

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EXPLAINING AND MONITORING POPULATION PERFORMANCE IN GRIZZLY AND AMERICAN BLACK BEARS, Jeffrey Brian Stetz

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THE ECOLOGY OF MONTANE BENGAL TIGERS (Panthera tigris tigris) IN THE HIMALAYAN KINGDOM OF BHUTAN, Tshering Tempa

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Assessing the Character of Place to Guide Geotourism in Montana: A Case Study of Whitefish and White Sulphur Springs, Montana, Michael E. Tipton

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POTENTIAL CONTRASTS IN CO2 AND CH4 FLUX RESPONSE UNDER CHANGING CLIMATE CONDITIONS: A SATELLITE REMOTE SENSING DRIVEN ANALYSIS OF THE NET ECOSYSTEM CARBON BUDGET FOR ARCTIC AND BOREAL REGIONS, Jennifer D. Watts

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THE INFLUENCE OF TREE HEIGHT ON LIDAR’S ABILITY TO ACCURATELY CHARACTERIZE FOREST STRUCTURE AND SPATIAL PATTERN ACROSS REFERENCE LANDSCAPES, Haley L. Wiggins

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QUANTIFYING THE ECOLOGICAL PROCESSES UNDERLYING COLLISIONS BETWEEN LARGE BALEEN WHALES AND LARGE SHIPS TO EVALUATE RISK, Sara Halley Williams

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Bicycle Mobility in Glacier National Park: Assessing Going-to-the-Sun Road Travelers' Attitudes, Knowledge, and Perceptions of Bicycling, Brian G. Battaglia

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EVALUATION OF SOCIAL PREFERENCES FOR WOODY BIOMASS ENERGY IN THE US MOUNTAIN WEST, Robert Marshall Campbell

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POLITICAL ECOLOGY OF CORDYCEPS IN THE GARHWAL HIMALAYA OF NORTHERN INDIA, Laura Bess Caplins

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Long-Term Impacts of Fuel Treatments on Tree Growth and Aboveground Biomass Accumulation in Ponderosa Pine Forests of the Northern Rocky Mountains, Kate A. Clyatt

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CORE ZONES, LIVESTOCK AND POPULATION ECOLOGY OF ARGALI IN MONGOLIA’S GOBI STEPPE, Lars Stefan Ekernas

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EXPLORING PARK SUPPORT: A STUDY OF PHILANTHROPY AND OTHER SUPPORT FOR YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Geoffrey G. Havens

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Positive interactions in temperate and tropical alpine plant communities: the role of facilitation in species-specific interactions, invasion, and landscape-scale distribution, Nicole Hupp

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MULE DEER POPULATION DYNAMICS IN SPACE AND TIME: ECOLOGICAL MODELING TOOLS FOR MANAGING UNGULATES, Mark A. Hurley

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PREDICTING CLIMATE-INDUCED IMPACTS ON SEASONAL STREAM TEMPERATURES IN THE CROWN OF THE CONTINENT ECOSYSTEM, Leslie Anne Jones

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Synthesis of Satellite Microwave Observations for Monitoring Global Land-Atmosphere CO2 Exchange, Lucas Alan Jones

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AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL MEMORY OF NATURE-BASED TOURISTS: FORMATION OF PLACE ATTACHMENT AND INFLUENCES ON VISITOR BEHAVIOR, Jacob Daniel Jorgenson

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IMPACTS OF RECREATIONAL AVIATION ON WILDLIFE: THE PHYSIOLOGICAL STRESS RESPONSE IN WHITE-TAILED DEER (Odocoileus virginianus) AND ASSOCIATED USER PERCEPTIONS, Devin W. Landry

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AGE-SPECIFIC MORTALITY AND ITS INFLUENCE ON PARENTAL CARE AND OFFSPRING BEHAVIORS, Juan Carlos Oteyza

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Human shields and redistribution of prey species complicate the utility of protected areas as ecological baselines, Wesley Sarmento

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DENSITY MANAGEMENT IN YOUNG WESTERN LARCH STANDS: TREE GROWTH, STAND YIELD, AND CARBON STORAGE 54 YEARS AFTER THINNING, Michael S. Schaedel

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Determining the barriers to and opportunities for community involvement in the management of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, Uttarakhand, India, Trisha Singh

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LANDSCAPE TO LOCAL: A MULTI-SCALE EVALUATION OF VOLUNTARY EFFORTS TO REDUCE FRAGMENTATION AND ENHANCE MANAGEMENT OF RANGELANDS FOR SAGE-GROUSE, Joseph Tyler Smith

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Assessing Household Drinking Water Needs: Reaching Many One Water Filter at a Time in Los Robles, Nicaragua, Erinkate E. Springer

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LARGE-SCALE CAMERA TRAPPING AND LARGE-CARNIVORE MONITORING, OCCUPANCY-ABUNDANCE RELATIONSHIPS, AND FOOD-WEBS, Robin Willem Steenweg

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EXPERIENCES OF AMERICAN INDIANS IN NATURAL RESOURCE DEGREE PROGRAMS, Ruth Ann Swaney

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Groups and Mortality: Their Effects on Cooperative Behavior and Population Growth in a Social Carnivore, David E. Ausband

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A Critical Examination of Private Conservation Areas on Campesino Community Lands in Peru, Megan Barnhart

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Spatiotemporal Controls On Hydrologic Exchange Between Hillslopes, Valley Bottoms, And Streams From The Reach To The Watershed Scale, Anna Bergstrom

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DEVALUING FUTURE AIR QUALITY, RESPIRATORY HEALTH, AND FINANCIAL OUTCOMES: A DELAY DISCOUNTING APPROACH, Meredith Steele Berry

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Coevolution and cospeciation in a bark-beetle fungal symbiosis, Ryan Russell Bracewell

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Vulnerable Populations' Perspectives on Climate Engineering, Wylie Allen Carr

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Ecosystem succession in the earliest stages: Linking microbial community structure to ecological function, Sarah C. Castle

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QUANTIFYING THE SPATIO-TEMPORAL VARIABILITY OF SUBSURFACE FLOW ACROSS THREE HILLSLOPES IN A SEMI-ARID, ALPINE FOREST, Emily N. Clark

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Tribal Water Rights Settlements and Instream Flow Protection, Dylan M. DesRosier

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LINKING THE EFFECTS OF RISK FACTORS ON ANNUAL CALF SURVIVAL TO ELK POPULATION DYNAMICS IN THE BITTERROOT VALLEY, MONTANA, Daniel R. Eacker

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DECADAL SCALE RESPONSES OF SOIL AND ECOSYSTEM PROCESSES TO FOREST RESTORATION IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN CONIFER FORESTS, Peter Ganzlin

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The science behind the selection of native plant materials: local adaptation, response to invasion, cytotypic variation, and seed transfer zones, Alexis Gibson

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Assessing changes in avian communities, Jessie D. Golding

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Perceptions of climate change and water governance vulnerability in the Aysén region of Chile, Michal I. Helman

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Stewardship Contracting: Implementation of an Innovative Resource Management Tool by Units of the U.S. Forest Service, Cassandra J. Hemphill

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Consequences of Biomass Harvesting on Forest Condition and Productivity in the Northern Rocky Mountains, Woongsoon Jang

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An investigation of domestic tourists' loyalty to a nature-based tourist setting from a relational and transactional perspective at the Victoria Falls World Heritage site, Jane Musole Kwenye

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Predation Risk and Vegetation Effects on Avian Diversity, Species Turnover, Reproduction, and Fitness, Joseph Anthony LaManna

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Cows and Plows: Science-based Conservation for Grassland Songbirds in Agricultural Landscapes, Marisa K. Lipsey

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An assessment of biochar amended soilless media for nursery propagation of northern Rocky Mountain native plants, Clarice P. Matt

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Capturing the Benefits of Restoration: Local Business Utilization and Opportunities for Growth in Northwestern Montana, Chelsea P. McIver

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The Effect of Mulch and Watering on Tomato Yields and Potential for Adoption During the Dry Season in Nanjara Village, Tanzania, Emily A. Okal

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Spatiotemporal Variability of Topoclimatic Air Temperature across the Conterminous United States, Jared Wesley Oyler

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Run to the Hills - Partial Migration in Large Herbivores, Wibke Peters

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PUBLIC-PRIVATE WATER CONSERVATION: AN ASSESSMENT OF ATTITUDES IN THE DEER LODGE VALLEY, MONTANA, Elizabeth K. Rial

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COMMUNITY PERTURBATION ASSOCIATED WITH NEW ZEALAND MUDSNAIL (POTAMAPYRGUS ANTIPODARUM) INVASION: DISCREPANCIES IN TEMPORAL AND SPATIAL ASSESSMENT, Eric H. Richins

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The influence of environmental heterogeneity on neutral and adaptive genetic structure in Dall's sheep (Ovis dalli dalli), Gretchen Roffler

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THE EFFECT OF SPATIAL PATTERNS OF SOIL HYDRAULIC CONDUCTIVITY AND DEPTH ON LOCAL AND HILLSLOPE SCALE SHALLOW WATER TABLE DYNAMICS, Casey E. Ryan

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A GIS ASSESSMENT OF ECOREGION REPRESENTATION IN CHILE'S EXISTING AND PROPOSED INTEGRATED NETWORK OF PROTECTED AREAS, Jessica Schutz

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TOWARD A REGIONAL MODIS EVAPOTRANSPIRATION (MOD16) PRODUCT: RE-EVALUATING MOD16 LOGIC TO INCLUDE PRECIPITATION, Jami J. Seirer

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Does migration matter? Causes and consequences of migratory behavior in Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, Derek Benjamin Spitz

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A Model For Determining Drivers of Phenology in Western United States Rangelands, Joseph R. St. Peter

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BAMBOO HARVESTING FOR HOUSEHOLD INCOME GENERATION IN THE ETHIOPIAN HIGHLANDS: CURRENT CONDITIONS AND MANAGEMENT CHALLENGES, Bridget L. Tinsley

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The Role of Funding Programs in Promotion of Best Management Practices for Effective Stream Restoration, Tracy R. Wendt

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ECONOMIC EFFICIENCY OF FUEL REDUCTION TREATMENTS IN THE HOME IGNITION ZONE TO MITIGATE WILDFIRE RISK IN MONTANA, USA, Howard L. Williams

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ABUNDANCE, DENSITY, AND OPINIONS ABOUT COLUMBIAN BLACK-TAILED DEER, WHIDBEY ISLAND, WASHINGTON, Robert P. Wingard

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Forest Fire Risk Assessment Using Point Process Modeling & Monte Carlo Fire Simulation: A Case Study in Gyeongju, South Korea, Hyeyoung Woo

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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USING TERRESTRIAL LIDAR TO MODEL SHRUBS FOR FIRE BEHAVIOR SIMULATION, Theodore Adams

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SPATIAL PATTERNS AND PHYSICAL FACTORS OF SMOKEJUMPER UTILIZATION SINCE 2004, Tyson A. Atkinson

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Assessing the Determinants Facilitating Local Vulnerabilities and Adaptive Capacities to Climate Change Impacts in High Mountain Areas: A Case Study of Northern Ladakh, India, Kimiko Nygaard Barrett

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Use of a forest reconstruction model to assess changes to Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer forest conditions during the fire suppression era, Molly Augusta Frederica Barth

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YERBA MATE (ILEX PARAGUARIENSIS) PRODUCTION, AGRICULTURAL CHANGE, AND LIVELIHOOD SECURITY IN SOUTHEASTERN PARAGUAY, Mason Robert Bradbury

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UNDERSTANDING AND ENCOURAGING CLIMATE FRIENDLY ACTION: A STUDY OF INDIVIDUALS' PERSONAL ENERGY AND TRANSPORTATION DECISIONS AND BELIEFS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE, Alison Dimond

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Assessing Alternative Methods For Monitoring Populus tremuloides Following Restoration Treatments, Michael Fowler

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Analyzing the error structure and simultaneous nature of multi-dimensional, density dependent growth models for ponderosa pine, James Furlaud

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Causes of annual reproductive variation and anthropogenic disturbance in harlequin ducks breeding in glacier national park, montana, Warren Kevin Hansen

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Habitat Quality Influences Migratory Strategy of Female White-Tailed Deer, Charles R. Henderson Jr.

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EFFECTS OF ROAD-STREAM CROSSINGS ON POPULATIONS OF THE IDAHO GIANT SALAMANDER (Dicamptodon aterrimus), Richard K. Honeycutt

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Stakeholder Perspectives Regarding the Ecosystem Services Produced by the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness in Central Idaho, Benjamin Thomas Irey

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Correlates of Canada Lynx Reproductive Success in Northwestern Montana, Megan K. Kosterman

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ECOLOGICAL IMPLICATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL PATENT REGIMES: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF LAWS AND CASES FROM THE UNITED STATES, INDIA, AND BRAZIL, Alyssa Leary

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The effects of seed source health on whitebark pine regeneration density after wildfire, Signe B. Leirfallom

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SECURING FOOD AND LIVELIHOODS: OPPORTUNITIES AND CONSTRAINTS TO SUSTAINABLY ENHANCING HOUSEHOLD FOOD PRODUCTION IN SANTA FAMILIA VILLAGE, BELIZE, Siobhan B. Lozada

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UNDERSTANDING THE NATURE OF INTERACTIONS BETWEEN VISITORS AND MOUNTAIN GOATS (OREAMNOS AMERICANUS) ON THE HIDDEN LAKE TRAIL, GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, Sarah Ilene Markegard