Research on climate and mountains
The University of Montana is located in the heart of some of the nation's wildest wilderness, near free-flowing rivers and surrounded by other open spaces. Many of our faculty and grad student researchers use the surrounding landscape for inspiration and research. Doctoral student Jared Oyler loves to trail run. He's also a former software engineer who is interested in climate science and ecosystems. His most recent project was to improve temperature modeling across mountainous landscapes. He developed a new climate dataset for ecological and hydrological reserach that does a better job of modeling how temperatures change across eleveations, especially in places like the mountains and valleys of Montana. Read more about his recent work.
Several of our faculty members look at climate on an ecoregional scale and how climate change might lead to changes in species' distribution patterns. A recent paper co-authored by Solomon Dobrowski looked at changes in the abundance of the American pika at the edges of their range in this paper, published in the journal Ecology. A recent paper by Ashley Ballantyne in the journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles examines how ecological processes dominate the 13C land disequlilibrium in a Rocky Mountain subapline forest.
Students: four internships opportunities with Montana Dept. of Natural Resources this fall and spring.
A recent study coauthored by the college's Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research highlights the important economic impact of bicycle tourists visiting Montana.
It's the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act this fall. Learn about local celebrations and read more about the act's future in two articles featuring thoughts from professor Martin Nie.
Students: join a cohort of new international conservation leaders. Learn more about our new International Sustainability Fellows program.
The CFC has student clubs for every interest and major. Learn more about when and where each club meets and find one that fits you.
Professor Martin Nie was appointed to the Planning Rule Federal Advisory Committee by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in Aug. 2014. The committee provides guidance and recommendations on management of America's national forests on Planning Rule implementation of the 2012 Planning Rule. The Planning Rule continues to guide stewards of national forests and grasslands in developing, revising or amending land management plans. Nie joins 20 other members as the sole representative of the scientific community.
The 15th annual CFC-led training of international land and natural resource managers visited a fire lookout in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.
Wildfires are burning in Montana and across the West. Learn more about our research and education on this issue.
The Blackfoot River attracts a variety of recreation users. How satisfied are they with their experience on the water?
We're celebrating the legacy of Montana conservationist Bud Moore and the opening of his papers at UM's Mansfield Library.
UM Regents professor of ecology Steve Running is recognized by Thomson Reuters as one of the "world's most influential scientific minds."
CFC faculty members Winsor Lowe, Libby Metcalf and Cara Nelson are part of a recent $45 million award from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.