After receiving support from the UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) Director’s Student Travel Fund, graduate student Jenna Morris was able to travel to and give an oral presentation at the 2019 annual meeting of the North American Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE-North America) on April 7-11 in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Morris, a master of science degree student, presented, “Effects of historical thinning treatments on resistance to mountain pine beetle outbreaks differ between stand- and tree-scales,” which included some preliminary findings from her master’s thesis that shows how historical stand-thinning treatments influence stand dynamics and fuel profiles following pine beetle outbreaks in pine tree stands.

Michelle Agne, a doctoral student, and Michele Buonaanduci, a master of science degree student, also presented research at this conference. Morris took a half-day excursion to exploring sites in Arapahoe and Roosevelt national forests to view examples of resilience-based forest management.

“The conference was a great opportunity to share my work, connect with and gain useful insights from professionals and leaders in the field, and engage with graduate students from across the world,” Morris said.