Support Wildlife Biology

The Wildlife Biology Program is a joint program between the W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation, the Division of Biological Sciences and the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit. The Wildlife Biology Program at UM is recognized as one of the premier programs in the world to seek a B.S., M.S. or Ph.D.

Points of Pride

  • Our Wildlife Biology program is ranked #1 by Academic Analytics among programs in the U.S. and Canada. The ranking is based on faculty productivity, comparing UM wildlife biology faculty to their peers on publications, citations, research grants, and notable awards. Read more.
  • A study led by recent graduate Megan Kelville looked at scholarly productivity in the field of ecology. After adjusting for relative institution size, the University of Montana ranks fifth out of the 316 institutions examined for scholarly productivity in influential ecology journals. By these criteria, UM ecology faculty and their graduate students are leaders in ecological research across North America and rank among the most prestigious institutions in this field. Read more.
  • The Wildlife Biology Program is home to two fully endowed and occupied chair positions: The Boone and Crockett Chair and the John J. Craighead Chair. These chairs enable the Wildlife Biology program to attract world class professors that provide senior leadership and research excellence.
  • Four of the Program's faculty members have been presidents of The Wildlife Society and four have won the prestigious Aldo Leopold Award. Faculty members consistently publish research in national journals and are recognized for their expertise in the field.
  • Wildlife Biology students obtain a strong academic and scientific background as well as hands on experience. Graduates use a science based approach to address the most complex questions related to wildlife conservation.
  • Students have the distinct advantage of being able to observe wildlife populations within a few miles of campus.
  • 15% of the U.S. citizens enrolled in our graduate programs are non-white. Approximately 45% of students enrolled in Wildlife Biology graduate programs are women.
  • Undergraduate students are encouraged to explore study abroad opportunities that relate to their wildlife interests and students and faculty at all levels conduct research across the globe. Since 2005, Wildlife Biology faculty have shared their natural resource expertise with the remote Himalayan country of Bhutan.

Jack Ward Thomas

Support the Jack Ward Thomas Memorial Scholarship

For more information on how to support the Wildlife Biology Program, contact Sam Barkley, Director of Development; sam.barkley@mso.umt.edu; 406-243-5533

The Wildlife Biology Program has many opportunities for donor impact, including scholarships for undergraduates, support for student and faculty travel, and tuition for graduate students. Additional funds are needed to support international students, as well as funding for a seminar series that will bring opportunities for collaboration.

Support Wildlife Biology at the University of Montana