MNPS ANNOUNCES 2018 ELECTION Results
Candidates ran for Vice-President, Secretary, and Eastern-at-Large Representative. The candidates presented were elected and confirmed at the annual meeting.
RYAN QUIRE, was appointed as VP for one year in 2017 and has been elected for a two year term. Ryan grew up in Kentucky and completed her MS in Plant Science, working with Matt Lavin, at Montana State University in 2013. As a graduate student she taught Seed Plant Identification classes, while her research focused on a plant biodiversity analysis of the sagebrush steppe biome. As a botanist and resource manager, she has led projects assessing rangeland health in the western US, conducted rare plant surveys across Montana, and worked on a wide range of land resource management projects throughout the western US. Ryan currently works with Confluence Consulting in Bozeman, MT as a botanist and wetland scientist, and provides expertise for permitting, revegetation, restoration, rare and ethnobotanical plant surveys and a variety of other projects across the western US.
RACHEL POTTER, incumbent – reelected for two more years, has volunteered with the MNPS since the beginning because she continues to enjoy the people, as well as plants. Most recently, Rachel co-edited and designed the MNPS’s publication, Montana’s Pioneer Botanists. Rachel has a botany degree from U of M and worked with the restoration program in Glacier National Park. She and her husband are volunteer backcountry rangers in Glacier, where she never tires of sharing her love of wildflowers with awe-struck visitors.
JENNIFER LYMAN, incumbent – reelected for two more years, is Professor Emerita, Botany and Environmental Sciences, Rocky Mountain College, Billings, MT. She now lives in Red Lodge, Montana where her plant studies focus on the Global Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environments (GLORIA) sites established in the Beartooth Mountains in 2012. Dr. Lyman taught botany and environmental science courses for 28 years. Students studied wetland ecology, range ecology, winter ecology, and a variety of other topics in the Beartooth Mountains, the Pryor Mountains, and Yellowstone National Park. Field trips to the Pryors and Beartooth alpine zone are always on her schedule.