People

Current Lab Members

Assistant Professor Jia Hu – Principal Investigator

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Dr Hu is Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Affiliate faculty in the Montana Institute on Ecosystems at Montana State University.  You can hear more about her journey from graduate school to her current position at: Rock Your Research.

Email: jia.hu02@montana.edu

Phone:  +1 (406) 994-2937

Office: 115 AJM Johnson Hall

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Yuriko Yano, PhD – Research Assistant Professor

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Dr Yano is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology at Montana State University. Her expertise include soil ecology and biogeochemistry.

Email: yuriko.yano@gmail.com

Justin Martin – PhD Candidate

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Justin is PhD candidate and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Justin joined the lab in 2013 and studies how factors such as local microclimate and hydrology impact tree growth and water use.

Email: martinjustintimothy@gmail.com

Claire Qubain – PhD Candidate

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Claire is a PhD student who joined the lab in summer 2015.  She is examining how nitrogen availability is mediated by topography and snowpack at Lubrecht Experimental Forest.  Claire is particularly interested in researching how human activity alters nitrogen cycling and, in turn, drives environmental change.

Email: claire.qubain@msu.montana.edu

Tim Clute – PhD Candidate

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Tim is a PhD student who joined the lab in 2015. His research will use tree rings to determine how western conifers have responded to historical changes in climate and water use, and how we can use this information to predict responses to climate change.

Email: ticlute@gmail.com

Kinzie Bailey – MS Student

 

Kinzie is a Masters student who joined the lab in 2017. She is conducting a study to determine the difference in water use between juniper and willow and the effects of removal on stream water availability.

Email: kinzie.bailey@gmail.com

 

Lab Alumni

Nate Looker – MS graduate, currently pursuing a PhD at University of Minnesota
Sara Amish – Undergraduate (IoE Fellow and USP Award)
Taylor Simpson – Undergraduate (IoE Fellow)
Jason Roehrig – MFA Science & Natural History Filmmaking
Eric Anderson – graduate student in Microbiology and Immunology at MSU