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Gabe Barnard


A few phrases that describe me are news junkie, science nerd, and wrangler of many terabytes of image files. I’m a fourth-year undergraduate student at Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman, MT, pursuing degrees in conservation biology and photography. I have a particular interest in freshwater ecology, especially communities of small critters like aquatic insects that escape peoples’ attention. Last summer, I worked for MSU’s Potato Lab, where I tested potato leaves for viruses to help farmers prevent disease from spreading through their crops. I currently serve as the Editor-in-Chief of MSU’s college newspaper, the Exponent, where I have worked for three years in writing, photography, and editing positions. 

I’m passionate about bridging the gap between science and storytelling – and centering on the human element in my reporting. Much of my work for the Exponent has focused on science, sustainability, and climate change in Montana, and how people are working together to identify, describe, and address issues in those fields. I’m absolutely stoked and so grateful to be reporting for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this summer and to learn from the team of journalists there!



Gabe Barnard poses for a portrait, looking at the camera with a serious expression, in a dark studio lit with warm light originating from the left side of the image.
Photo credit: Karsten Kleiner

Montana State University

Fellowship Sponsor: American Association for the Advancement of Science

Fellowship Host: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch