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Kayhan OstovarOstovar’s citizen-science work profiled in Montana Water News

BILLINGS, April 30, 2014 – Kayhan Ostovar,associate professor of biology and environmental science, was profiled in the April 30 issue of Montana Water News, the newsletter of the Montana Water Center. The article resulted from a U.S. Geological Survey Water SEED grant that Ostovar’s programs received through Montana State University to continue investigations into heavy metal contaminants in osprey on the Yellowstone River.

The article discussed Ostovar’s ongoing work in citizen science. Thanks in part to the RMC professor’s coordination and grant writing, volunteer monitors of more than 50 osprey nests assist his and his students’ varied projects working with osprey along the Yellowstone River.

Seven years ago, Ostovar also began coordinating a water cleanup float along the Yellowstone River. In 2013, 36 people on the river worked with shore-based teams to recycle 7,200 pounds of metal, 36 tires, and piles of trash. The 2014 float will be September 13; contact for more information.

Ostovar directs the Yellowstone River Research Center (YRRC) at RMC, which works with an off-campus steering committee to help guide student research related to the Yellowstone River watershed. The YRRC has received support from Rocky Mountain College as well as from other community and institutional sources. Students submit research proposals and are awarded grants through a competitive process evaluating the quality of the proposal and its degree of community outreach and service.