Despite being smaller than a grain of rice, mountain pine beetles are causing big problems for pine forests across North America. Bark beetle colonies feed and reproduce on the inner bark of ponderosa and limber pines, wreaking deadly havoc on the tree's ability to circulate nutrients and absorb water. Due to changes in climate and other factors, the recent outbreak of these destructive insects has reached proportions never before seen in recorded history. Alarming estimates from the U.S. Forest Service state that 100,000 beetle-infested trees fall daily across the United States.
To combat this epidemic, Professor Diana Six has made it her mission to crack the genetic code of the pine tree. She hopes that studying the relationship between the mountain pine beetle and the trees they kill will provide us with valuable insight into the future of our forests. In this short film made at the International Wildlife Film Festival Filmmaker Labs, Professor Six walks among the trees and shares her thoughts on why humans can do more to counteract the effects of climate change.
A film by Chris O’Flaherty (Vimeo), Todd Amacker (Instagram), Shireen Rahimi, Olivia Schmidt (Instagram), and Tim Treuer (Instagram). Music by New West Studios and art by Eric Linton. Special thanks to the University of Montana, WWF, Canon USA, and Day's Edge Productions. Generously funded by WWF and Tangled Bank Studios.
For 150 years, scientists believed lichen were defined by a symbiotic relationship between a fungus and algae. The fungus provides structure and support for the organism, while the algae produces food through photosynthesis. However, researchers recently discovered that certain lichen have an additional fungus in the mix. This threesome was revealed after a team set out to explain what made one type of lichen toxic versus another that was seemingly identical. Watch the collaborative process unfold in this short film by Andy Johnson, Talia Yuki Moore, Chris A. Johns, and Kate Furby.
The film was created with support from Day's Edge Productions at the International Wildlife Film Festival's Filmmaker Labs. Macro photography by Tim Wheeler.
Learn more about John McCutcheon's Lab at the University of Montana and follow the filmmakers on Twitter (@seakaterun, @taliamuaddib, @daysedge) and Instagram (@andyjohnsonphoto, @seakaterun).
This video was created in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund to raise awareness about the important role of healthy grasslands in the northwestern United States play in providing clean, clear drinking water downstream, all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. The short film was produced by a team of scientists and filmmakers as part of the 2017 International Wildlife Film Festival Filmmaker Labs in Missoula, MT.
This video was created in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund to raise awareness about the importance of quiet. The short film was produced by a team of scientists and filmmakers as part of the 2017 International Wildlife Film Festival Filmmaker Labs in Missoula, MT.