- W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation
- Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit
- Division of Biological Sciences
Faculty research labs
Promoting informed decision making based on ecological research – the collection, synthesis, and communication of knowledge about birds and their ecosystems – for conservation of natural resources.
Research on glucocorticoids from both mechanistic and fitness viewpoints and the role glucocorticoids play in this tradeoff, and how that role changes across life-history strategies.
We are a group of integrative organismal biologists working at the interface of ecophysiology, evolutionary genomics, and systems biology. As an academic research lab, we are in the business of generating and disseminating new knowledge about the natural world.
Research with a focus on mammal population ecology, landscape connectivity, and species interactions, mostly in the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia, particularly Borneo, where Brodie studies the meta-community of mammals living in increasingly altered habitats as well as the ecological importance of species interactions involving mammals.
Genetics contributes in many ways that were unimaginable only a few years ago. In this "age of genomics," there is perhaps no area of science with more potential to improve both nature conservation and the economy or human well-being.
Luikart is at the Flathead Lake Biological Station
Research on the genetic basis of adaptation and speciation in mammals (and some beetles). We combine population and comparative genomics with quantitative genetics to understand how natural selection shapes biological diversity within and between species.
We are fundamentally interested in how people interact with the natural world and how these human dimensions influence and inform natural resource management decisions.
Research on avian ecology, especially in conifer forests that have been restored by severe wildfires.
Research on how spatial processes influence evolution, population biology, and community ecology.
Research on plant population and community ecology, ranging from invasion biology to plant-consumer interactions to food web ecology.
Our research group integrates field studies, molecular and population genetics, and quantitative modeling tools to understand how wild animal populations — and their associated communities and ecosystems — respond to human-caused global changes. We work with a wide range of species and ecosystems around the world.
Research on understanding the ecology and evolution of phenotypic traits that are also important to conservation. Birds are used for tests because behaviors and fitness components can be readily measured and they are widespread across habitats and ecosystems.
Research on the conservation challenges that continue to surface in the interface between shrinking wildlife habitat and growing human populations.
Part of the Rocky Mountain Research Station's Conservation Genetics Program, the Wildlife Genetics Lab works with states, tribes, universities and private groups answering state-of-the-art questions in wildlife genetics, and providing answers to pressing wildlife management needs.
Research at the intersection of population, community and disease ecology, with particular focus on the importance of host ecology in determining disease dynamics in wildlife.
Research on the development and application of quantitative methods to ecological problems, primarily in wildlife population dynamics. We strive to connect ecological theory to wildlife management problems and in doing so improve wildlife management and test ecological theory.
Research for understanding 1) how wildlife such as ungulate herbivores balance the costs of predation with the benefits of foraging, and 2) how human activities influence this balance, and the ensuing conservation and management consequences to wildlife population dynamics.