The Martian

Bozeman Film Society Bozeman, MT


Dr. Mac Burgess

Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology, Montana State University

The Martian— From Mars to Montana: The Dirty Secret Behind Soil

A presentation on the reality of growing food in poor "Martian" soil, making parallels with soil closer to home. 

Bozeman Film Society Bozeman, MT

Film Synopsis

When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney, presumed dead after a fierce storm. With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must use his wits, spirit, and scientific know-how to find a way to survive on the hostile planet.

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit, and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring "the Martian" home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney's safe return. Based on the best-selling novel by Andy Weir, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, The Martian was nominated for three Golden Globes. 

About the Speaker

Dr. Mac Burgess is an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology at Montana State University. His research is focused on the management of high-value crops and small-scale production systems, including demonstration and evaluation of season extension tools, precision irrigation management, cover crops, crop rotations, and soil fertility management. He received a BS in physical science from Humboldt State University, an MS in environmental studies from Ohio University, and a PhD in ecology and environmental science from Montana State University.