New Study Reveals High CO2 Uptake Capacity of Tropical Forests

New Study Reveals High CO2 Uptake Capacity of Tropical Forests

Plants take in and store carbon dioxide as they grow. As the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere increases, researchers want to know if plant growth can keep pace with and take up more of this new...

Researchers Land NASA Grant to Search Space for Exoplanets

Researchers Land NASA Grant to Search Space for Exoplanets

NASA recently awarded UM researchers a grant to support a $1.125 million project to help build a dedicated observatory to detect Earth-like exoplanets. Minerva is an array of four telescopes and a...

Bee Scientists Chase Cause of Colony Collapse Disorder

Bee Scientists Chase Cause of Colony Collapse Disorder

UM researchers with Bee Alert Technology Inc. suspect a one-two punch of an insect virus and a fungal pathogen is the leading culprit for Colony Collapse Disorder, a mysterious malady killing...

UM Center for Environmental Health Sciences Earns Phase 3 NIH Grant

UM Center for Environmental Health Sciences Earns Phase 3 NIH Grant

For the first time ever, a Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) at a Montana university has been granted a Phase 3 award from the National Institutes of Health. The $5 million,...

In Montana Wilds, an Unlikely Alliance to Save the Sage Grouse

In Montana Wilds, an Unlikely Alliance to Save the Sage Grouse

As its name implies, the sage grouse lives in sagebrush country, the rolling hills of knee-high scrub that's the common backdrop in movie Westerns. Pristine sagebrush is disappearing, however, and...

Climate Change and Wildfires: Bigger, Fiercer Blazes Expected in West

Climate Change and Wildfires: Bigger, Fiercer Blazes Expected in West

There's a dangerous but basic equation behind the killer Yarnell Hill wildfire and other blazes raging across the West this summer: More heat, more drought, more fuel and more people in the way...

Wilderness Institute at UM Hosts Free Summer Wilderness Excursions

Wilderness Institute at UM Hosts Free Summer Wilderness Excursions

If you love the outdoors and are looking for an adventure while contributing to the scientific study of Montana’s remote wilderness areas, then you might be interested in a citizen science...

UM Senior Tackles Cancer Research During Summer Program

UM Senior Tackles Cancer Research During Summer Program

University of Montana senior Kellee Glaus has always enjoyed science and this summer, she’s participating in UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program, where she’s taking part in groundbreaking...

Sophomore Explores Potential to Improve Lives Through Research

Sophomore Explores Potential to Improve Lives Through Research

UM sophomore Jameson Boslough is an aspiring microbiologist participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program at UM. “As a native Montanan, I’ve always appreciated the role of the...

Three Projects Receive UM Honors College Student-Faculty Research Awards

Three Projects Receive UM Honors College Student-Faculty Research Awards

The Davidson Honors College at the University of Montana recently selected three outstanding research projects for the annual $4,000 DHC Student-Faculty Summer Research Award. The three teams,...

UM Senior Delves into Cutting-Edge Research During Summer Program

UM Senior Delves into Cutting-Edge Research During Summer Program

As a pre-med student majoring in exercise science, UM senior Cara Saxon has always had a fascination with the intricate systems of the human body. This summer, she discovered a project that...

Animal CSI: Inside the Smithsonian's Feather Forensics Lab

Animal CSI: Inside the Smithsonian's Feather Forensics Lab

Carla Dove got her B.S. in wildlife biology from the University of Montana in 1986. Now she works at the Smithsonian as an ornithologist and a forensic expert of sorts. But unlike most forensic...

Study of Insect Bacteria Reveals Genetic Secrets of Symbiosis

Study of Insect Bacteria Reveals Genetic Secrets of Symbiosis

Mealybugs only eat plant sap, but sap doesn’t contain all the essential amino acids the insects need to survive. Luckily, the bugs have a symbiotic relationship with two species of bacteria to...

Flathead Lake Bio Station Finds Time Capsule During Renovation

Flathead Lake Bio Station Finds Time Capsule During Renovation

Time capsules were meant to be opened, and the one from 1967 discovered during the recent renovation of the Elrod Building at the University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station was. Now,...

Honors Student Takes Research to Next Level During Summer Program

Honors Student Takes Research to Next Level During Summer Program

As an aspiring medical student, Emilie Jacobsen is very interested in learning about and researching the effects of the physical, biological and chemical environments on human health. This summer,...

Summer Interns Conduct Climate Change Research in Montana

Summer Interns Conduct Climate Change Research in Montana

Fifteen Montana University System undergraduates have received summer internships to research climate science-related projects at sites throughout Montana. The Institute on Ecosystems students...

UM Forestry Student Receives National Science Foundation Fellowship

UM Forestry Student Receives National Science Foundation Fellowship

Incoming University of Montana forestry graduate student Anna Bergstrom recently was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The Fellowship provides three years of...

Summer Undergraduate Research Program Enters Sixth Year

Summer Undergraduate Research Program Enters Sixth Year

The Center for Environmental Health Sciences continues its rich tradition of providing undergraduate students with relevant experience in conducting biomedical research at UM. Through the Summer...

Assistant Professor Mark Hebblewhite of UM’s Wildlife Biology Program is studying elk in the southern Bitterroot Valley

UM Researchers Delving into Secrets of Bitterroot Elk

In the mountain meadows on the southern edge of the Bitterroot Valley, wildlife researchers were all about being efficient as they stalked tiny elk calves hidden away by their mothers over the...

Forestry College Celebrates 100 Years of Growth

Forestry College Celebrates 100 Years of Growth

With an eye on its future and respect for its past, UM’s College of Forestry and Conservation celebrates a century on campus this year. The cover story of UM’s alumni magazine, the Montanan, takes...

Director of Revered Wildlife Biology Program to Retire

Director of Revered Wildlife Biology Program to Retire

Dan Pletscher has worked at UM for 29 years, the past 19 as director of the Wildlife Biology Program. Under Pletscher’s watch the program now is ranked second nationally by Academic Analytics, and...

‘Brain Scoop’ YouTube Star Lands Cool New Job in Chicago

‘Brain Scoop’ YouTube Star Lands Cool New Job in Chicago

Emily Graslie, the 23-year-old UM graduate who became a YouTube sensation with her “The Brain Scoop” videos for the University’s Zoological Museum, has landed a new job as curiosity correspondent...

MonTEC President Joe Fanguy Leads Business Incubator Improvements

MonTEC President Joe Fanguy Leads Business Incubator Improvements

Joe Fanguy, UM director of technology transfer, led University efforts to take on full management of the MonTEC business incubator in 2011. MonTEC now has an anchor tenant in Rivertop Renewables,...

UM Retirees: Professor Unger Leaves Legacy at UM

UM Retirees: Professor Unger Leaves Legacy at UM

Kay Unger earned her Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University and joined the Department of Economics at UM in 1978. Professor Unger was a successful and popular teacher, and her research, which was...

UM Researchers Monitor Osprey Soap Opera

UM Researchers Monitor Osprey Soap Opera

The drama at Missoula-area osprey nests continues this season with a stolen nest, a tragic death, a jealous mate and - just this week - the hatching of eggs. University of Montana biologist Erick...

Photo by Irving Penn, Beatrice Simpson (C), New York, 1949, Copyright by The Irving Penn Foundation

UM Children's Trauma Center Receives Donation from Magazine Editor

The National Native Children’s Trauma Center at the University of Montana has received a donation from a former editor of Vogue magazine as an expression of support for the center's longstanding...

UM Hosts Free Blue Mountain Observatory Public Nights

UM Hosts Free Blue Mountain Observatory Public Nights

Explore planets, nebulae, star clusters and distant galaxies during eight upcoming free public observing nights at the Blue Mountain Observatory. The events are family-friendly, and children are...

Steven McDaniel and Jaydene Topenio McDaniel will leave for a Chateaubriand Fellowship in France in early September.

UM Graduate Students Receive Fellowships to Conduct Research in France

Two University of Montana students have earned Chateaubriand Fellowships to carry out collaborative research in a French laboratory in Clermont-Ferrand. Steven McDaniel is a graduate student in...

Award to Study Hospital Discharge Process in Rural Montana

Award to Study Hospital Discharge Process in Rural Montana

University of Montana researchers, in partnership with Missoula’s Providence St. Patrick Hospital, will use a new funding award to investigate how the hospital discharge process affects the...

UM Pharmacogenetics Research Team Establishes Trust First

UM Pharmacogenetics Research Team Establishes Trust First

Trust, understanding and respect. Those are three vital foundation components for medical research in Indian Country. That is the route UM School of Pharmacy researchers and the Montana Cancer...

UM Scientist Helps Develop New Drought Monitoring Tool

UM Scientist Helps Develop New Drought Monitoring Tool

A team of scientists, including University of Montana Professor Steven Running, have developed the Drought Severity Index, which uses NASA satellite imagery to better localize drought conditions....

DOJ Wraps Up Investigation, Praises UM's Progress, President Engstrom

DOJ Wraps Up Investigation, Praises UM's Progress, President Engstrom

Today, the U.S. Department of Justice confirmed the resolution of two investigations into the University of Montana’s handling of allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment, and we...

Native American Grad Students Travel to India for Research Exchange

Native American Grad Students Travel to India for Research Exchange

Three University of Montana graduate students will depart for India on May 14 to work with Indian students and faculty on a research exchange. The three UM students, all Native Americans, will...

Oil Boom Drives Rapid Population Growth in Northeastern Montana

Oil Boom Drives Rapid Population Growth in Northeastern Montana

Newly released county population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show significant growth in Montana’s northeastern oil patch, according to a University of Montana researcher. Jim Sylvester,...

UM student Allison Herther performs “Sounds of Rivers: Stone Drum.”

UM Departments Create Artistic Experience with River Sounds

University of Montana students and faculty collaborated across disciplines to create a multimedia piece featuring narration, computer music, dance and animation that artistically translates how...

Energy Technology Program Students Put Lessons to the Test

Energy Technology Program Students Put Lessons to the Test

A team of students and instructors from Missoula College UM tested the limits of an energy-efficient vehicle they spent several months building when they traveled to a national competition last...

Researcher Studies Incidence of ADHD Among Wildland Firefighters

Researcher Studies Incidence of ADHD Among Wildland Firefighters

Jumping from a plane into the choking smoke of a wildland fire takes utter mental focus. Anxiety about what might go wrong can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. For most of the decade that...

UM Assistant Professor Nate McCrady wins award

UM Astronomer Wins Teaching Award

Nate McCrady, known by many as the UM assistant professor of astronomy who shares his love of the stars with visitors during the Blue Mountain Observatory public viewing nights, recently won the...

UM's new logo

UM Unveils New Brand Initiatives

The University of Montana unveiled its new logo and brand identity to employees April 30 in the University Center Theater during an internal event hosted by UM’s Office of Integrated...

UM Professor Explores Experiences of Butte Children in Latest Book

UM Professor Explores Experiences of Butte Children in Latest Book

Throughout her career, UM Professor Janet Finn repeatedly has explored, captured and given voice to the often-overlooked stories of women and their unique contributions to society. In her most...

The ospreys have returned to their nests in western Montana

Ospreys Return to Nests, Webcam Stardom

The ospreys have returned to their nests in western Montana and bird watchers can once again observe their nesting behavior via two webcams. UM researchers Erick Greene and Heiko Langner use the...

University of Montana graduate student Kellie Carim

Student's Research Helps Managers Protect Struggling Cutthroat

University of Montana graduate student Kellie Carim studies bones that reveal the ages and life histories of trout. It’s her way of fighting for a native species. Read more

UM chemist Chuck Thompson poses with a protein biomarker he uses in his research.

UM Chemist Working to Develop Pesticide Exposure Field Test

 It’s difficult to know what exactly the effects of pesticides on humans are, since many people don’t understand when they have been exposed. University of Montana Professor Chuck Thompson is...

UM Archaeology Project Reveals Lives of Ancient Yellowstone Visitors

UM Archaeology Project Reveals Lives of Ancient Yellowstone Visitors

Normally, digging holes in Yellowstone National Park violates federal law, but for the past five summers University of Montana archaeologist Doug MacDonald and his students have been doing just...

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