Archived Research Highlights

Professor Steve Running ranks most influential remote sensing researcher

Steve Running, University of Montana Regents Professor of Ecology, recently was ranked one of the top 20 most productive authors worldwide in remote sensing research. The ranking came out of a study published in the Scientometrics journal, which analyzed citations of remote sensing research between 1991 and 2010.


UM researchers find sharp declines in woodland caribou

Wildlife biology professor Mark Hebblewhite and recently graduated PhD student Nick DeCesare find fast declines in woodland caribou populations throughout Alberta. Read their recent research in Canadian Journal of Zoology or this story in the Calgary Herald.


UM shares in $10 million grant to look at using beetle-killed biomass for biofuels

Researchers at UM will use a grant from the USDA to study the cost and feasibility of using beetle-killed forest biomass and feedstock for biofuels.

PhD student wins USDA fellowship

PhD student Ryan Bracewell was recently awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship through the US Department of Agriculture's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. The fellowship recognizes Bracewell’s research on bark beetle-fungal symbiosis with a $77,000 award.

New research on loss of sea ice

UM professor of ungulate ecology Mark Hebblewhite and coauthors recently studied how a loss of sea ice in the Arctic will cause significant changes to animal habitat and health, like caribou, among other widespread changes. Read more in the Aug. 2 issue of Science.


UM scientist looks at role of sea ice in arctic temperatures

New research by professor Ashley Ballantyne looks at the role of Arctic sea ice during the Pliocene era, when C02 emissions were similar to today. Read more in Nature Geoscience.

UM student to study recreationists on local rivers

Undergraduate student Catey Bauer will spend the summer surveying recreationists on the Bitterroot and Blackfoot Rivers in a partnership between UM, the US Forest Service, MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and the Bureau of Land Management.

Wildlife biology professor studies elk calves

Wildlife biology professor Mark Hebblewhite studies elk survival in the Bitterroot Valley with Montana FWP to determine what's caused a decline in elk populations.

Student wins NSF fellowship

Incoming graduate student Anna Bergstrom was recently awarded a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship. Anna will work with professor Kelsey Jencso on water runoff in the Little Belt Mountains.

Record number of visitors to Montana in 2012

The Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research found more tourists visiting Montana in 2012 than any previous year - and bringing nearly $2.6 billion into the state economy. 

Professor explores forest planning rule

CFC's Professor of Natural Resource Policy Martin Nie has published several studies on the US Forest Service's 2012 planning rule. 

New research on a remotely sensed drought severity index

UM scientists, including CFC Professor Steve Running, just published the cover story in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society on satellite-based drought monitoring.