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Montana Chapter

MT-SCB’s 7th Annual Research Symposium
“Thinking Outside the Box: Diverse Tools for Conservation"

Our regional research meeting this year will be held on November 18-20, 2015 in Missoula, MT.  We hope to engage state, federal, academic, and non-profit institutions in a lively discussion on diverse approaches to achieve pressing regional conservation goals.

This year’s highlights include an opening plenary by Keith Aune, Senior Conservation Scientist for the Wildlife Conservation Society and Director of the Bison Conservation Program. We will also hold a focused session on prairie/grassland ecology and conservation, and a special panel discussion on the topic of conservation on tribal lands. Finally, Bebe Crouse (The Nature Conservancy) will offer a Science Communications Workshop to help you communicate your science to the general public (See below for more details).

The location of the symposium will be the University of Montana’s School of Extended & Lifelong Learning Conference Center in Missoula, MT.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS (Deadline: Oct. 16th)

We will look forward to receiving abstracts on all topics relevant to conservation in the Montana/transboundary Rocky Mountain and Plains region. Please email your abstracts to us at Abstracts should include a title, list of coauthors and affiliations, and main text (maximum of 250 words). 


Please register online at Early registration (before Nov. 9th) is $65 for Professionals and $25 for Students. After Nov. 9th you will be able to register in person at the symposium, but registration costs will be increased to $75 Professionals/ $30 Students.

We are looking for student volunteers to help with pre-symposium planning, day of registration and AV assistance. Sign up to volunteer during registration to receive a waiver on your registration fee. 

Travel assistance may be available for students, with preference given to presenters. Please email us at if you are interested in being considered.

In the spirit of conservation we are requesting that you bring a nametag from a previous conference to use at the symposium


Coming Soon!


Workshop on Science Communication: Wed, Nov. 18th (1-5 pm):

Bebe Crouse of The Nature Conservancy will offer a Science Communications Workshop to help you communicate all of your great work in a way that non-scientists can understand. If you deal with funders, government officials, community leaders, media, or the public, this training is for you. You’ll learn how to tell compelling stories about the work you do, ace media interviews, and find your way around difficult jargon. This workshop is interactive so come ready to talk about projects or other aspects of your work that you need to communicate to non-scientists.

Bebe Crouse spent more than 25 years as a network level journalist including ten years as the Western and Environment editor at NPR. Her decision to move into a job with The Nature Conservancy brings together her love of the West and her education in Environmental Science.

You must be registered for the symposium to attend a workshop. For more information about the workshop please email Adam Sepulveda: asepulveda(at)


Our Mission:

The mission of the Montana Chapter is to promote science and the application of the principles of conservation biology to Montana's local, regional, and statewide diversity.