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 2021

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INVESTIGATING THE SPATIAL BEHAVIOR AND HABITAT USE OF THE MATSCHIE’S TREE-KANGAROO (DENDROLAGUS MATSCHIEI) USING GPS COLLARS AND UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS (UAS), Jonathan B. Byers

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LARGE CARNIVORE RECOLONIZATION RESHAPES POPULATION AND COMMUNITY DYNAMICS IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS: IMPLICATIONS FOR HARVEST MANAGEMENT, Tyler James Clark

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THE PLACE OF COMMUNITY FOOD FORESTS: A REVIEW AND CASE STUDY OF COMMUNITY FOOD FORESTS AND THEIR UNTAPPED POTENTIAL, Sarah Eiden

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Transboundary Marine Management in the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape, Lindsey G. Ellett

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SERVICE LEARNING, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, AND THE TOURISM SECTOR IN CONFLICT-AFFECTED BAMYAN, AFGHANISTAN, Kelly Elizabeth Franklin

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From the Eyes of Yellowstone National Park Visitors: Current and Future Desired Conditions, Glenna J. Hartman

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Nitrogen Dynamics and Transport along Flowpaths in a Rural Wetland-Stream Complex, Colton Kyro

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UNGULATES SEARCH FOR THE IDEAL HOME: HOW PREDATION AND FORAGE DIFFERENTIALLY AFFECT MALES AND FEMALES IN A PARTIALLY MIGRATORY POPULATION, Hans William Martin

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EFFECTS OF WEATHER, PARENTAL BEHAVIORAL PLASTICITY, AND LIFE HISTORY TRAITS ON OFFSPRING GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT, AND ENERGY EXPENDITURE IN SONGBIRDS, Adam Elliot Mitchell

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COMMUNITY-BASED DEER MANAGEMENT: A CASE STUDY IN MISSOULA, MT, Taylor Ingle Mudford

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LINKING HABITAT, POPULATIONS AND POLICY FOR CARIBOU IN THE FACE OF INCREASING DISTURBANCE, Eric Charles Palm

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CONCENTRATION AND COMPOSITION OF NANOPARTICLES AND COLLOIDAL PARTICLES IN A MINE-WASTE CONTAMINATED RIVER, Kaitlin Rose Perkins

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Investigating Surface Temperature from First Principles: Seedling Survival, Microclimate Buffering, and Implications for Forest Regeneration, Robin Rank

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Sula study revisited: 20-year post-fire regeneration in the southern Bitterroot Valley, Montana., Luke Alan Rymniak

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EXPLORING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN NATURE CONNECTEDNESS AND BELONGING WITH PRO-ENVIRONMENTAL BEHAVIOR IN BRAZILIAN NATIONAL PARKS, Sonia Maria Sfair Kinker

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ECOTOXICOLOGICAL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF SALINITY ON AMPHIBIANS, Brian James Tornabene

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Learning from wilderness fire: restoring landscape scale patterns and processes, Julia Kittleson Berkey

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Shuttles in Wonderland: Assessing the Perceived Impact to Residents’ Quality of Life Based on the Proposed Implementation of a Voluntary Shuttle System in West Yellowstone, MT, Carter Wyatt Bermingham

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DECOUPLED DIEL SOLUTES: LINKING PRIMARY PRODUCTION AND NITRATE UPTAKE IN A MONTANE STREAM, Kimberly Bray

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Using Satellite Observations of Soil Moisture to Improve Modeling of Terrestrial Water Cycles, Colin W. Brust

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Investigating Wildfire as a Catalyst for Community-Level Resilience, Lily J. Clarke

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An Exploration of the Adaptive Capacity of Community-Based Organizations in Northern Botswana in Response to a Hunting Ban, Katherine Kellam Coe

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Water for Fish and Farms: An Examination of Instream Flow Programs in Montana Using Spatially-Explicit Water Rights Data, Anna Leigh Crockett

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A NON-REPRESENTATIONAL FOCUS ON WILDERNESS AFFECT, Mark Lane Douglas

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Influence of Livestock and Electrified Fences on Livestock Depredation and Habitat Selection by Grizzly Bears in the Mission Valley, Montana, Kari Lynn Eneas

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INFLUENCE OF LOCALLY PRODUCED WOOD BIOCHAR ON SOIL NITROGEN AND PHOSPHORUS DYNAMICS IN THE NORTHWESTERN US, Si Gao

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Organizational Influence on Knowledge Co-production, Evora Dakota Glenn

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GOLDEN EAGLE RESOURCE SELECTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL DRIVERS OF REPRODUCTION IN THE NORTHERN RANGE OF YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, David Brown Haines

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TRIBAL CONSULTATION POLICY AND PRACTICE:A CASE STUDY OF THE CONFEDERATED SALISH AND KOOTENAI TRIBES AND NMISULETKʷ (THE MIDDLE FORK OF THE CLARK FORK RIVER) AS A TRIBAL TRUST RESOURCE, Jennifer J. Harrington

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Resource Selection and Calving Success of Moose in Colorado, Forest P. Hayes

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Managing Forest Disturbances: Effects on Mule Deer and Plant Communities in Montana's Northern Forests, Teagan Ann Hayes

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OPTIMIZING THE USE OF WILDLIFE MONITORING RESOURCES, Charles Raymond Henderson Jr.

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Public satisfaction with forest management in western Montana: an evaluation of trust and public engagement, Haley R. Hodge

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MODELING HYDROLOGIC IMPACTS OF TRIBAL WATER RIGHTS QUANTIFICATION AND SETTLEMENT ON THE FLATHEAD INDIAN IRRIGATION PROJECT, Jordan Andrew Jimmie

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FINDING FISHERS: DETERMINING THE DISTRIBUTION OF A RARE FOREST MESOCARNIVORE IN THE NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAINS, Jessica M. Krohner

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BIOTIC AND ABIOTIC DRIVERS OF ACYCLIC SNOWSHOE HARE POPULATION DYNAMICS IN A SPATIOTEMPORALLY COMPLEX SYSTEM, Alexander Vishvamitra Kumar

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A CONSERVATION MARKETING TOOLKIT: SYSTEMATIC LITERATURE MAPPING, MICROTARGETING CONSERVATION EASEMENTS, AND CONSERVATION CORRIDOR PRIORITIZATION, Hannah Josie Leonard

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Global and Regional Perspectives on Large-Landscape and Transboundary Conservation, Sanober R. Mirza

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Bird and Native Bee Responses to Habitat Treatments, Emily Bea Oja

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Wilderness Recreation Trends and Impacts: A Case Study of the Sawtooth Wilderness, Chelsea E. Phillippe

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Creating a Conservation Corridor in Coastal Ecuador: Constraints and Opportunities for Integrative Agroforestry, Lucille M.F. Rice

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Understanding and Measuring Net Positive Business Strategies, Luke Ruffner Robinson

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REMOTE SENSING APPROACHES TO PREDICT FOREST CHARACTERISTICS IN NORTHWEST MONTANA, Ryan P. Rock

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QUANTIFYING THE EFFECTS OF NON-NATIVE RAINBOW TROUT (ONCOHYNCHUS MYKISS) HYBRIDIZATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS ON FITNESSRELATED TRAITS OF WESTSLOPE CUTTHROAT TROUT (ONCORHYNCHUS CLARKII LEWISI), Jeffrey Thomas Strait

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Food Web Effects of Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush) Invasion in Northwestern Montana, Charles Wainright

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The Tongass Futures Roundtable: Distrust, Inequity, and Collaboration in Southeast Alaska, Hannah M. Wilson

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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PRAGMATIST ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS: FOCUSING ON HUMAN-NATURE RELATIONSHIPS AND SOCIAL-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS, Christopher Aden Armatas

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DEFINING, MEASURING AND REFINING AN IDENTITY OF PEACE IN THE U.S. SECTION OF WATERTON-GLACIER INTERNATIONAL PEACE PARK, Elena A. Bigart

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Tiger Monitoring in Bhutan Using Non-invasive Genetic Tools, Tashi Dhendup

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UNCONFINED WILDERNESS EXPERIENCES: WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO FEELING UNCONFINED WHILE VISITING THE SELWAY-BITTERROOT WILDERNESS?, Jonathan Daniel Dorman

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ESTIMATES OF FOREST CHARACTERISTICS DERIVED FROM REMOTELY SENSED IMAGERY AND FIELD SAMPLES: APPLICABLE SCALES, APPROPRIATE STUDY DESIGN, AND RELEVANCE TO FOREST MANAGEMENT, John S. Hogland

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SPATIOTEMPORAL DYNAMICS OF NITROGEN AND CARBON BIOGEOCHEMISTRY IN A WETLAND-STREAM SEQUENCE, Patrick E. Hurley

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THE PUBLIC TRUST IN WILDLIFE: IMPLEMENTATION IN 13 WESTERN STATES, Nyssa Landres

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Understanding Tourism Within a Social-Ecological System: Ometepe Island, Nicaragua, Chelsea Leigh Leven

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SOIL MOISTURE DRIVES CANOPY WATER CONTENT DYNAMICS IN THE WESTERN U.S., Drew S. Lyons

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METHODS FOR ESTIMATING MOUNTAIN GOAT OCCUPANCY AND ABUNDANCE, Molly McDevitt

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Adaptation Under the Canopy: Coffee Cooperative and Certification Contributions to Smallholder Livelihood Sustainability in Santa Lucía Teotepec, Oaxaca, Meghan C. Montgomery

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NEW, MULTI-SCALE APPROACHES TO CHARACTERIZE PATTERNS IN VEGETATION, FUELS, AND WILDFIRE, Christopher Jacob Moran

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PATTERNS OF WILDFIRE RISK IN THE UNITED STATES FROM SYSTEMATIC OPERATIONAL RISK ASSESSMENTS – HOW RISK IS CHARACTERIZED BY LAND MANAGERS, Erin Kathleen Noonan-Wright

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An Exploration: How Voluntourism Conservation Projects Coordinate with and Contribute to Conservation Efforts in Madre de Dios, Peru, Alejandrina R. Ocanas

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An assessment of fecal water contamination in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, Daniel Paul Pendergraph 5024527

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Population and Breeding Ecology of Sagebrush Steppe Songbirds, Kayla Ann Ruth

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COMMUNITY-CENTERED SUSTAINABLE CONSERVATION AND ECOTOURISM PLANNING IN THE BOSSOU FOREST RESERVE, GUINEA, WEST AFRICA, DESTINA SAMANI

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PATTERN-PROCESS LINKAGES IN FORESTED ECOSYSTEMS, Eryn Elizabeth Schneider

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MECHANISMS DRIVING TERRITORIAL AND SOCIAL BEHAVIOR IN A COOPERATIVE CARNIVORE, Sarah Nelson Sells

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LOCAL KNOWLEDGE AND CLIMATE INFORMATION: THE ROLE OF TRUST AND RISK IN AGRICULTURAL DECISIONS ABOUT DROUGHT, Adam J. Snitker

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Colloidal and truly dissolved metal(loid)s in wastewater lagoons and their removal with floating treatment wetlands, Lauren Sullivan

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Whitewater Ecotourism Development In Bhutan: Opportunities And Challenges for Local Communities, Kira E. Tenney

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HARVESTING FOREST BIOMASS IN THE US SOUTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAINS, Lucas Patrick Townsend

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Investigation of the Tribal Park Concept and Opportunities for the Blackfeet Nation, Iree Schmautz Wheeler

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Genomic Inference of Inbreeding in Alexander Archipelago Wolves (Canis lupus ligoni) on Prince of Wales Island, Southeast Alaska, Katherine Emily Zarn

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ADAPTIVE POTENTIAL TO CAMOUFLAGE MISMATCH: PLASTIC AND EVOLUTIONARY RESPONSES TO A CLIMATE CHANGE STRESSOR, Marketa Zimova

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Home Is Where the Food Is: Causes and Consequences of Partial Migration in Elk, Kristin Jennifer Barker

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A DECADE OF GOVERNING THE BLACKFOOT COMMUNITY CONSERVATION AREA (BCCA): COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND LANDSCAPE CONNECTIVITY THROUGH PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS, Alexander A. Barton

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LEAVING MORE THAN FOOTPRINTS: IMPACTS OF TOURISM AND PERCEPTIONS OF CHANGE IN CHILEAN PATAGONIA, Heidi Blair

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LEWIS’S WOODPECKER NEST SUCCESS AND HABITAT SELECTION IN COTTONWOOD FLOODPLAIN VERSUS BURNED CONIFER FORESTS, William M. Blake

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BIOTIC AND ABIOTIC INFLUENCES ON THE EVOLUTION OF ELEVATIONAL RANGE LIMTS AND LIFE-HISTORY STRATEGIES OF TROPICAL BIRDS, Andrew James Boyce

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INVESTIGATING THE THRU-HIKING EXPERIENCE: A STUDY ON THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL, Taylor Rose Cole

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THE BIOPHYSICAL AND BIOCHEMICAL IMPACTS OF FOREST DISTURBANCES ACROSS ECOSYSTEMS, Leila Ann Cooper

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Knowledge Processes and the Potential for Adaptive Governance of Inshore Fisheries in the Solomon Islands, Amber W. Datta

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Avian Community Responses to Bison Grazing in North American Intermountain Grasslands, Danielle A. Fagre

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Demographics and Growth History of Whitebark Pine on Undisturbed Sites Across the Northern US Rocky Mountains, Sarah Flanary

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Integrating Fire and Forest Planning: A Review of National Forest Plan Revisions, Hailey Graf

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ANNUAL CLIMATE IMPACTS ON TREE GROWTH AND POST-FIRE REGENERATION IN PONDEROSA PINE AND DOUGLAS-FIR IN THE NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAINS, Lacey Hankin

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Confronting the challenges of whale avoidance by large vessels to reduce collision risk: A quantitative approach, Jennifer E. Helm

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RESPONSES OF TERRESTRIAL CARBON AND WATER FLUX TO CLIMATE VARIABILITY: REMOTE SENSING DRIVEN ANALYSIS OF GROSS PRIMARY PRODUCTION AND EVAPOTRANSPIRATION, Mingzhu He

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LANDSCAPE HETEROGENEITY MODULATES ECOSYSTEM SENSITIVITY TO CLIMATE, Zachary Harwood Hoylman

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EVALUATING POPULATION TRENDS & SPECIES RICHNESS-DISTURBANCE RELATIONSHIPS USING AVIAN MONITORING DATA, William Michael Janousek

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THE ENDURING IMPORTANCE OF WILDNESS: SHEPHERDING WILDERNESS THROUGH THE ANTHROPOCENE, Patrick Ram Kelly

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Wilderness Solitude in the 21st Century, Thomas C. Lang

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AN INTER-WATERSHED COMPARISON STUDY OF BEDROCK CONTROLS ON SHALLOW SUBSURFACE FLOW AND STREAMFLOW RESPONSE, Robert Livesay

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Weed Control as a Collective Action Problem: Quantifying group effects on individual behavior, and clarifying the theoretical frame, Alice Lubeck

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GLOBAL CHANGE AND WHITEBARK PINE: RESTORATION, REFUGIA, AND ALPINE TREELINES, Colin Taylor Maher

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Large-Scale Photovoltaic Solar Implementation: Montanan Stakeholder Opportunities and Challenges, Erika Mickelson

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MOUNTAIN PINE BEETLE INDUCED CHANGES TO LODGEPOLE PINE FOREST STAND DYNAMICS AT LUBRECHT EXPERIMENTAL FOREST, Ben G. O'Connor

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IMPLICATIONS OF MODULATING GLACIERS AND SNOW COVER IN MONGOLIA, Caleb Gikai Pan

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Predictive spatial modeling of wildfire occurrence and poaching events related to Siberian tiger conservation in Southwest Primorye, Russian Far East, Conor N. Phelan

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INTERPRETATION AND IMPLEMENATION OF DIRECTOR’S ORDER #41, SECTION 7.2: DETERMINING BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR WILDERNESS CLIMBING IN THE NATIONAL PARKS, Kerry E. Sullivan

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ECOLOGY, EPIDEMIOLOGY, AND EVOLUTIONARY GENETICS OF CANINE DISTEMPER VIRUS SPILLOVER IN AFRICAN LIONS, Julie Kay Weckworth

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Impacts of Elephant Crop-Raiding on Subsistence Farmers and Approaches to Reduce Human-Elephant Farming Conflict in Sagalla, Kenya, Sophia Weinmann