Alumni News


April 2018: Montana DNRC names alumna Sonya Germann as head of the Forestry Division. Read more in Missoula Current.

Oct. 2017: Grad student alumnus Mike Merigliano, a plant ecologist, is about halfway through a four-year project to re-take 82 photos of the Bridger-Teton mountain range originally snapped in the 1960s and 70s by George Gruell. Read more in the Jackson Hole News & Guide story

Oct. 2017: Alums Jack Parrish ('50), Mark Romey ('75) and Craig Thomas ('71) received Forestry Pioneers awards from the Montana Dept. of Natural Resources this year. WC Lubrecht, for whom our Lubrecht Forest is named, also received the award. Read an article in The Western News about the three Lincoln Co. residents who received the award (Romey, Parrish and Hurst)

Oct. 2017: '01 B.S. Resource Conservation alum Rachel VandeVoort has been appointed the first director of Montana's new Office of Outdoor Recreation

Sept. 2017: '06 B.S. Wildlife Biology alum Ben Chappelow received a State's Warden Excellence Award for his service as Montana Fish, Wildife & Parks warden in Eureka, Mont.

Aug. 2017: Dan McCoy '97 B.S. in Rec Management, was hired as coordinator of the B.S. degree in natural resources recreation and tourism at the University of Wyoming.

Aug. 2017: '97 and '02 Wildlife Biology alum Siew Te Wong has dedicated his life to conserving the world's smallest bear species and runs the only sun bear sanctuary in the world. He was named a CNN Hero in 2017

Aug. 2017: '00 B.S. WBIO alum Land Tawney leads Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, a membership coaltion of hunters and anglers dedciated to protecting America's wild places. Read this Men's Journal feature on Land and BHA. Land also received a conservation award from the Ravalli County Fish and Wildlife Association in 2017.

July 2017: '06 PhD Forestry alum Paul Lachapelle wins award for excellence from the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals. Lachapelle is an MSU Extension community development specialist. 

June 2017: '10 M.S. WBIO alum Jean Polfus received the Governor General's Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement - the most prestigious award a Canadian student can receive. Jean is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Manitoba. 

June 2017: Congrats to our '99 alum Kasey KC - Nevada's first female to lead the Division of Forestry! Kasey graduated with a degree in Resource Conservation and has more than 15 years experience in forest management and natural resource conservation. Nevada Appeal

May, 2017: '03 B.S. WBIO alum Whisper Camel-Means, '02 B.S. WBIO Stephanie Gillin and '90 and '93 B.S. and M.S. WBIO alum Bill Swaney received a 2017 Special Recognition Award from the Montana Indian Education Association for their work with SpectrUM and SciNation.

May 2017: '02 PhD Forestry alum Brian Glaspell appointed director of National Elk Refuge

May 2017: '96 B.S. WBIO Daryl Baldwin received a MacArthur Genius Grant for his work to revitalize the native Myaamia language.

April 2017: '08 PhD Forestry alum Melissa Baker appointed to department director of North Dakota Parks and Recreation Dept

Jan. 2017: '97 B.S. Resource Conservation alum Chad Fisher named National Park Service Wildand Fire Operations Program Leader for the Branch of Wildland Fire

Giving Back After a Lifetime in the Field

Bill Gabriel came to the University of Montana as a graduate student in 1967. His plan was to get a master’s degree, but Dick Taber, one of the first wildlife biologists hired by the University, pulled him into the PhD program with the promise of a graduate assistantship. The Veteran’s Administration supported his tuition.

Read more about Dr. Gabriel's time at UM and his support for student scholarships in this Spring 2017 Raising Montana newsletter article

Her Name Says It All

Outside the hallway that leads to Carla Dove’s private office deep in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., a Tyrannosaurus-rex skull, a stone statue from Easter Island, and a wooden totem pole from British Columbia stand guard. In the hallway itself hang thirty-four portraits of distinguished Smithsonian scientists. All of them are men, except one.

Read more about '86 WBIO alum Carla Dove and her work as the nation's top expert on identifying birds that collide with planes in this Winter 2016 Montanan feature

Oval Tree

Tree in UM OvalAlumni from the classes of 1954-1961 came together to support the planting of a tree around the UM Oval, as part of the Office of Alumni Relations' effort to restore the oval to its historical tree-lined grandeur. Thank you to all who donated:

Louis Boll
Frank and Alicejane Fowler
Tom Kovalicky
John & Sylvia Gilliam
Richard & Emma Svenson
Gene & Anna Kuhns
Gerald & Elizabeth Hazen
Ralph Jaszkowski
Fitzroy & Virginia Belcher
Robert Stone
David & Carrie Scott
John & Joan McMahon
John Lovell
Fred Vollrat von Deichmann
Ralph Olson
H. Robert Moore
Al Kelley
Zane & Betty Smith
Theodore & Arlys Rieger
Donald Ochs

Photo: Forestry classes of 1954-61 tree near Main Hall on UM Oval