Rachel Malison

Rachel Malison

Research Scientist/Postdoctoral Scholar

Rachel Malison

Rachel Malison
Phone: (406) 982-3301 x246
Email: rachel.malison@umontana.edu

I am a a Postdoctoral Scholar at the FLBS on a project funded by the National Science Foundation's Dimensions of Biodversity program that is studying the biodiversity vulnerability of stonefly (Plecoptera) species in river floodplains. I am a stream ecologist and river floodplains are particularly interesting to me because they provide important habitat for many different types of organisms from microbes, insects and fish, birds and bats, and large mammals like grizzly bears. River floodplains are a place on the landscape where many connections are made between different aquatic (both river and aquifer) and terrestrial habitats. I study how different physical and biological drivers may influence important linkages, both between terrestrial and aquatic habitats and among aquatic habitats. 

My current work on the NSF project focuses on riverine and aquifer stoneflies in the main Flathead River, as well as the North Fork and Middle Fork of the Flathead River, and the Methow River in Washington. We are using genetic techniques to quantify biodiversity vulnerability of river channel and aquifer stonefly species in relation to variation in habitat conditions (temperature, dissolved oxygen, elevation) that are created by flooding and found on river floodplains. 

Previous to this position I studied the impact of Eurasian beavers on Atlantic Salmon and sea trout in the Trøndelag region of Norway as part of a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship. I studied Pacific Salmon and how North American beavers influence their habitat and population dynamics in a large river floodplain in Alaska for my PhD research and studied the impacts of wildfire on aquatic-terrestrial connectivity in the Frank Church Wilderness for my M.S. research. See my personal website for more information on my past research.

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