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Environmental Studies Program
Jeannette Rankin Hall 106A
The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812-4320
Tel: (406) 243-6273
Fax: (406) 243-6090

Environmental Studies Announcements

Congratulations, Graduates of 2014!

And Congratulations to our Outstanding Seniors

Sara Anderson, Patrick Myers, David Schaad,

Abby Stoner, Hailey Jorgensen, Ruth Crystal, Ellen Myers, Tess Barker

Environmental Studies Students Receive Awards, Spring 2014

  • Mara Menahan received a Truman Scholarship
  • Hope Radford (EVST minor) received a Udall Scholarship
  • Corey Bressler received Honorable Mention for the Udall Scholarship
  • Rebecca Collins won the inaugural Phi Beta Kappa Essay contest
  • David Schaad won an Outstanding Presentation Award for his UMCUR presentation on Environmental Justice in Chile
  • Sara Anderson won 3rd place in the Missoula Public Library essay contest
  • Erica Langston (M.S. candidate) was received a 2014 Byron Fellowship
  • Peter McDonough (M.S. candidate) received a 2014 Bertha Morton Scholarship
  • Ellie Costello (M.S. candidate) won a Scholarship from the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) for her research on plant breeders' views on producing widely-available, diverse seed for organic farmers today and tomorrow.

Environmental Studies Alums honored as outstanding conservationists

Two Environmental Studies alums were recognized for outstanding contributions to conservation at a gathering of the Missoula Conservation Roundtable on Oct 17, 2013. Many Environmental Studies faculty and alums were in attendance at the gathering as they were past recipients of awards. See Missoulian article here.

 Chris Brick (green shirt) is the staff scientist of the Clark Fork Coalition. She was recognized for her long hard work bringing science and a conservation ethic to the Clark Fork superfund cleanup and restoration plans.  She is now working for superfund designation for the closed Frenchtown pulp mill site.

Jim Rokosch (black shirt) lives in the Bitterroot where he has worked as a watershed consultant and served as a Ravalli County Commissioner. While a commissioner, he worked for planning tools to protect streams and riparian areas from development. Currently, he is one of the strong voices of Bitterrooters for Planning which has opposed a large proposed subdivision near Metcalf Wildlife Refuge on the grounds that little planning has addressed mitigating its impacts. He has been a conservationist since he was a boy in Illinois fighting to protect the Vermillion River.

The other awardees were Jim Brown and Smoke and Thelma Elser.

Environmental Studies student receives national award

Gabrielle Ostermayer has received the 2013-2014 Richard Herbert Memorial Graduate Scholarship from the American Water Resources Association based on her academic record and the quality & relevance of her research. Gabrielle has been working with professor Vicki Watson on studies of Montana streams and will be assisting the Clark Fork Basin Task Force in its work to revise the state water plan. Congratulations, Gabrielle.

Environmental Studies student publishes guide to invasive species

Jen McBride designed a pocket guide to Aquatic Invasive Species threatening the Crown of the Continent in collaboration with the Crown Managers Partnership. The guide was produced by UM Printing Services and will be distributed to land managers and others throughout the region. See the guide at

Environmental Studies alum drives local food/ag movement

From Farm to College programs to Food Corps and Grow Montana, Crissie McMullan has helped launch a movement. Read more..



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