Wolf expert to speak at West Glacier lunch series
April 20, 2012
WEST GLACIER, MONT. – The Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center at Glacier National Park is hosting a brown-bag lecture on Wednesday, May 2, from 12– 1pm at the Community Building in West Glacier. The public is invited to join Dr. Cristina Eisenberg present her recently completed doctoral dissertation, The Complex Food Web of Fire, Aspen, Elk, and Wolves in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.
Dr. Eisenberg is a recent Ph.D. graduate from Oregon State University and her research has focused on the impacts of predator presence on prey behavior and how the food chain interacts with fire to shape vegetation communities in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park
She has a post-doctoral appointment at Oregon State University, where she will continue her work on fire, aspen, elk, and wolves in the park. For her master’s degree in environmental studies at Prescott College, she studied wolf ecology and management, with a focus on the work of Aldo Leopold.
Her first book, The Wolf’s Tooth: Keystone Predators, Trophic Cascades and Biodiversity, was published in 2010. She is working on her second book, about the ecology and public policy underlying large carnivore conservation in the West.
Dr. Eisenberg is the research director on the High Lonesome Ranch in north-central Colorado, where her research interests involve living sustainably with large carnivores and utilizing food web concepts to restore ecosystems.
This brown-bag lecture and other lectures throughout the year are hosted by Glacier National Park’s Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center. For more information about the center, please call 406-888-7863 or visit http://www.nps.gov/glac/naturescience/ccrlc.htlm.