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Heroines for the Planet: Tea Expert and Climate Change Scientist Selena Ahmed

 Dr. Selena Ahmed was interviewed for Eco-Chick about her inspiring research on sustainability and global environmental issues. She talks about tea becoming her "research soul mate", the perspective-broadening benefits of filed work, and how climate change is impacting tea production.
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Northern Great Plains ‘greening’ during recent climate change

Idaho State University News wrote this article about the joint research of ISU's Bruce Finney and WAFERx researchers Jack Brookshire, Paul Stoy, and Bryce Currey. Thier study found that increased CO2 in the atmosphere is causing increased "greening" in the Northern Great Plains.
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MSU professor’s work on plant chemistry published in Global Change Biology

The research of WAFERx co-PI, Jack Brookshire, is featured in this MSU News article. His research on plant chemistry in the Northern Great Plains and Northern Rockies was recentely published in Global Change Biology.

An image of a burger with a knife in it and the words "Fake Beef in Cattle Country"

Author Todd Wilkinson grapples with how to reconcile eating fake meat in part of the country that still has a culture built on ranching and cowboy-ing. What are the moral, spiritual, ecological, and nutritious implications of meat vs. fake-meat consumption?




An image of a rancher riding a horse in the sunset and the words "Climate change generating anxiety and distress for Montana farmers, ranchers"

 Researchers have known for years that the current and projected impacts of climate change present challenges for agricultural productivity, with potentially serious consequences for farm and ranch livelihoods. But what hasn’t been clear is what this means for farmers’ and ranchers’ mental health. This article focuses on the findings of new study that explores just that.




Image of an 'Out of Stock' sign and the words "Stockpiling, not production breakdowns, fueling home supply shortages across Montana"

 In an article on Montana Free Press, Selena Ahmed is interviewed about how disruptions in the the food supply are caused by Montanans stocking-up on household essentials in the face of the Covid-19 outbreak and fallout.




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Three scientists (including WAFERx PI, Selena Ahmed) discuss the plant science and history of bitters—and share a Thanksgiving cocktail.




Children fishing in a local stream. Artwork by Sashay Camel, a local, Salish artist living on the Flathead Indian Reservation.

In a new article, WAFERx researchers Erin SMith and Selena Ahmed explore the contributions of wild foods to diet, food security, and cultural values among low-income residents of the Flathead Indian Reservation in northwestern Montana.



Photo of Kelli Roemer presenting to a group of people at a meeting in Beulah, ND

In this article, the Bismarch Tribune reports on a meeting held in Beulah, ND to discuss the future of coal communities. WAFERx grad student, Kelli Roemer, was one of the speakers at the meeting and talked about how other resource-rich communities have navigated similar transitions.




Rachel Meyer, Selena Ahmed, and Ashley DuVal surrounded by plants

In this interview, WAFERx PI, Selena Ahmed, talks about the connection between biodiversity and bitters. And about the new book she co-authored with Ashley Duval and Rachel Meyers: Botany at the Bar--The Art and Science of Making Bitters.





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Megan Jarchow, a WAFERx co-PI and an Associate Professor at the University of South Dakota, talks about how we use our landscapes and why native ecosystems matter in an economy dedicated to feeding the world.

August 2019





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Democtratic candidates advocate for an end to oil and gas drilling on public lands to reduce carbon emissions. WAFERx PI, Paul Stoy,  discusses another way to reduce carbon in the atmosphere. He says native perennial grasses have the potential to store a lot of carbon.

May 2019





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Montana has a new program that pays farmers to use practices that store carbon dioxide in the soil. Paul Stoy, WAFERx PI, discusses the challenge and importance of putting carbon back into the ground.

May 2019





Field of lentils

WAFERx grad student, Teresa Warne, talks about her research studying lentil production and consumption. She says, "Since lentil production and consumption can be viewed as a sustainability solution, we are trying to understand the barriers to lentil production producers face, as well as the opportunities lentils provide locally,”

April 2019



Photo of sunset of field of tea growing with 'Nature Journal' logo

Selena Ahmed,  Principle Investigator of MSU's Food and Health Lab and WAFERx PI, was interview for this Nature article about how changing climates could effect the quantity and quality of tea.

February 2019





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WAFERx PI, Paul Stoy, was ranked as one of the world's most cited researchers for interdisciplinary research in ecology, agriculture, and earth sciences.


December 2018




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Selena Ahmed, WAFERx PI, on why the U.S. should invest in interdisciplinary food and farm research. And, on how Congress responded to this message.

September 2018




Char-Koosta News

Dr. Selena Ahmed talks to Char-Koosta News about her project's goal of supporting a healthy and sustainable food system on the Flathead Reservation.

September 2018




The Furrow Summer 2018

Scientists report that the frequency and intensity of heavy downpours is increasing nationally. Dr. Paul Stoy discusses how land-use changes, including farming practices, are impacting climate.

June 2018





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WAFERx researchers at MSU, Paul Stoy, Tobias Gerken, and Gabriel Bromley, share their recent findings that increases in summer planting are leading to an increase in rainfall in the Great Plains.

April 2018





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Julia Rosen interviews members of the WAFERx team about the climage change mitigation strategy known as BECCS (Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage) and how it could dramatically reduce the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. However, it would also require a massive shift in our land-use, agriculture, and energy systems.

February 2018




Science Friday

Selena Ahmed discusses how a warming climate could affect the quality and flavor of food--from maple syrup to tea.

April 2017




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