Montana State University

Weed and Invasive Plant Ecology and Management Group

Weed & Invasive Plant
Ecology & Management Group

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173120
Bozeman, MT 59717-3120

7th floor Leon Johnson Hall




Weed and Invasive Plant Ecology and Management Group

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The Weed and Invasive Plant Ecology and Management Group at Montana State University combines the interests and research of six tenured faculty and numerous research faculty and scientists, post-docs, graduate and undergraduate students.  Our research ranges in scale from molecular to landscape. We study agroecosystems, rangelands and wildland with the underlying theme that a base of ecological knowledge will improve our ability to manage these ecosystems. We recognize that non-native and other undesirable plant species cannot be efficiently managed without understanding the processes that influence their assemblage of traits, abundance, distribution and impact on ecosystems.

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Pollnac F, Maxwell BD, Taper M and Rew LJ (2013) The demography of native and non-native plant species in mountain systems: Examples in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Population Ecology. Published on-line July 2013: DOI 10.1007/s10144-013-0391-4).

Lavin M, Brummer T, Seipel T, Maxwell B, and Rew L (2013) The intermountain flora sets the stage for a community phylogenetic analysis of plant biodiversity in the sagebrush steppe of western North America. Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden, Volume 108: 63-84.

'Raising the bar': improving the standard and utility of weedand invasive plant research A workshop held at B-Bar Ranch, Emigrant, Montana,USA, June 2012


New Zealand Pine Invasion Research Video: The video is about a study of lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) invasion in the southern hemisphere where there are no native pines and fire is historically infrequent.

smallimagesThe spread of seeds by vehicles has been the subject of two new extension documents and this has sparked airtime on a national radio program. Others performing research on seed spread has also received attention.