Public Invited to Ecology and Wildlife Lecture in West Glacier

By Beacon Staff

The Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center at Glacier National Park is hosting a brown-bag lecture on Wednesday, May 2, from 12– 1 p.m. at the Community Building in West Glacier. The public is invited to join Dr. Cristina Eisenberg as she presents her recently completed doctoral dissertation, The Complex Food Web of Fire, Aspen, Elk, and Wolves in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

Dr. Eisenberg, a Ph.D. graduate from Oregon State University, focused her research 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. 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 a second book about the ecology and public policy underlying large carnivore conservation in the West.

Dr. Eisenberg is currently 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.