Dr. Scott Ferrenberg
Lab PI & Associate Director of the Montana Forest Conservation Experiment Station
Office: Forestry 208
Work Phone: (575) 646-4003 



Steven Lee is a doctoral student studying plant population and community vulnerability to climate change and disturbances, landscape ecology, and aboveground-belowground interactions. Steven is interested in combining modern modeling approaches with experimental data to determine the processes which govern the assembly of dryland plant communities and that shape plant-plant interactions through time. See Steven’s paper: A multi-scale evaluation of pack stock effects on subalpine meadow plant communities in the Sierra Nevada

Image of Steven Lee with a dead tree



20181118_140834Carla Vázquez-González is a doctoral student within the Misión Biológica de Galicia (CSIC), Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain, and a visiting member of the GCEL. Carla’s dissertation research focuses on the retrospective assessment of defensive investment in Iberian pines through quantification of their resin ducts characteristics. In cooperation with the GCEL, Carla is aiding in a retrospective comparison of ponderosa pine growth and defense traits in trees killed by bark beetles vs. those which survived outbreaks between 2003 and 2018 in the Gila National Forest, NM, USA. See Carla’s recent review published in Tree Physiology entitled “Resin ducts as resistance traits in conifers: linking dendrochronology and resin-based defences

Avry Mudersbach received her master’s in the lab studying the influences of inter-annual climateAvry_headshot variation on the growth of high- versus low-elevation ponderosa pine populations of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. 



Milda Kristupaitis received her master’s studying the influences of climatic variation on growth and defense in ponderosa pine trees killed by bark beetles vs. those which survived outbreaks between 2003 and 2018 in the Gila National Forest, NM, USA. A forthcoming report in Ecosphere details this effort.


Megan Rabinowich received her master’s studying the interactions among soil microbiomes and rangeland plant responses to drought and disturbances in the southwestern U.S.

Matthew Tryc received his master’s studying the interactions of insect pollinators with perennial desert plants with the goal of improving understanding of pollinator-plant networks. Matt continues to work on assessing the processes which govern the assembly of pollinator communities and networks.


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