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Science Inquiry Lecture: Wildlife Enigmas on the Beartooth Plateau

Join MOR and the Gallatin Valley Friends of the Sciences as we explore cutting-edge science topics, their latest developments, and their relevance to society through speaker presentations followed by an engaging question and answer session. 

Wildlife Enigmas on the Beartooth Plateau
High-altitude wildlife populations offer unique insights into both genetic isolation and adaptation to changing conditions. Patrick Cross, an ecologist with the Yellowstone Ecological Research Center, will discuss his study of red foxes harboring persistent ancient DNA strains despite being surrounded by newer lineages, and an upcoming citizen science project on river otters expanding into previously unsuitable habitat as climate and food supplies change.