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.
The MSU Entomology Group is made up of faculty from three College of Agriculture departments: Animal and Range Sciences, Land Resources and Environmental Science, and Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology. Faculty research encompasses many areas including beetle systematics, biological control of insects and weeds, host plant resistance, insect herbivory, insect behavior and ecology (pollination, foraging), risk assessment, plant/insect semiochemical interactions, and stored-product entomology.