Dr. Bruce Maxwell is Professor of Agroecology/Applied Plant Ecology in the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Science at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. Bruce came to Montana State University in 1992 from the University of Minnesota, and holds a doctorate degree in Crop Science and Forest Ecology from Oregon State University. He completed his MS degree in 1984 in Agronomy and a BS degree in Botany in 1977 at Montana State University. Following his BS degree he spent 2 years with his wife in the Peace Corps in Micronesia and subsequently travelled around the world. Bruce grew up in Hamilton, MT attended University of Montana for a year and then moved on to the US Ski Team prior to attending MSU. Maxwell was instrumental in creating the interdisciplinary Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems (SFBS) undergraduate degree program. He is currently lead investigator of a project on agricultural management optimization under high uncertainty. Other recent studies have focused on the invasion of pines in the Southern Hemisphere, specifically in Patagonia and South Island, New Zealand.
Maxwell is co-director of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems and was lead author for the Agriculture Sector of the Montana Climate Assessment. Maxwell has received national awards for outstanding teaching, best peer reviewed research papers and outstanding graduate student from the Weed Science Society of America. During his career he has published over 100 scientific peer reviewed journal articles and 12 invited book chapters. He has chaired and been a member of numerous agricultural and ecological research grant review panels and has been a member of two National Academy of Science National Research Council Committees on Agriculture. He was a Fulbright Fellow in Argentina in 2007.