About Us

The Wildlife Biology Program builds on the strengths of people at the University of Montana. Faculty, staff and students work together to form an interdisciplinary group from the College of Forestry and ConservationDivision of Biological Sciences and Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit.

Our students get a strong academic and scientific background, but we also emphasize experiential learning and hands-on experience. Our academic programs and geographic location provide excellent opportunities for wildlife study. Students use the resources of Yellowstone and Glacier national parks and several national forests and federal wildlife refuges. The National Bison Range, less than an hour from Missoula, serves as a teaching laboratory and research facility. The College of Forestry and Conservation operates the Lubrecht Experimental Forest and the Bandy Ranch near Missoula. The University’s Biological Station, eighty miles north on Flathead Lake, offers biology courses during the summer and is available for scientific research.

Wildlife biology alumni and friends in 2012 
Wildlife biology faculty, students, friends and alumni during our 75th anniversary celebration in 2012.

Program of National Distinction

The Wildlife Biology Program is a University of Montana Program of National Distinction. In 2011, the UM Wildlife Biology Program was ranked second among wildlife programs in the United States by Academic Analytics out of Stony Brook, New York. Their ranking system is based on refereed journals and book publications, citation rates, federal grants, and honors and awards to faculty.