I am enthusiastically committed to training and mentoring the graduate students who will go on to careers in scholarly and applied dimensions of resource geography. Montana State University has a small, but growing resource geography program with strong interests in rural communities, water resources and energy. Students have graduate-level course options in Historical Geography, Political Ecology, Natural Resource Law, and Resource Geography. Many students affiliate with the graduate cohort in the Institute on Ecosystems.

Current graduate students are working on exciting projects considering the GYE as a social-ecological system, community impacts of energy development, reclamation landscapes, and the politics of conservation. Resilience and community development are strong themes across their work. They are: Katie Bills, Kristin Smith, Katie Epstein, Kelli Roemer, and Jackson Rose.

Recent graduate students have finished projects on drought resilience in the Jefferson River basin and community resilience in West Yellowstone, and are employed in resource management careers in Montana.