Research

Selected publications

Winter color polymorphisms identify global hot spots for evolutionary rescue from climate change - Science - L. Scott Mills, Professor of Wildlife Biology and Associate Vice President of Research for Global Change and Sustainability

TerraClimate, a high-resolution global dataset of monthly climate and climatic water balance from 1958-2015 - Scientific Data - Solomon Dobrowski and alumnus Sean Parks

Can sheep control invasive forbs without compromising efforts to restore native plants? - Rangeland Ecology and Management - Cara Nelson and alumna Eva Masin

Vertical distribution of foliar biomass in western larch (Larix occidentalis) - Canadian Journal of Forest Research - David Affleck

Evidence for declining forest resilience to wildfires under climate change - Ecology Letters - Philip Higuera

Sampling scales define occupancy and underlying occupancy-abundance relationships in animals - Ecology - Mark Hebblewhite, Paul Lukacs

Public Engagement in Social-Ecological Systems Management: An Application of Social Justice Theory - Society & Natural Resources - Alex Metcalf, Libby Metcalf

Public wildlife management on private lands: Reciprocity, population status, and stakeholders' normative beliefs - Human Dimensions of Wildlife - Alex Metcalf, Libby Metcalf

Generalized spatial mark-resight models with an application to grizzly bears - Journal of Applied Ecology - Mark Hebblewhite

Historical biogeography sets the foundation for contemporary conservation of martens (genus Martes) in northwestern North America - Journal of Mammology - Natalie Dawson

Competition alters tree growth responses to climate at individual and stand scales - Canadian Journal of Forest Research - Andrew Larson

Research in the Media

Animals are Losing Their Vagility, or Ability To Roam Freely - New York Times - Feb. 19, 2018

New Study Finds Climate Change Reducing Forest Regrowth After Fires - Montana Public Radio - Feb. 19, 2018 

How Color-Changing Animals Are Rebelling Against Climate Change - National Geographic - Feb. 17, 2018

Bhutan Collars Tendrel Zangmo - Kuensel - Feb. 16, 2018

To Survive, These Animals Must Lose Their Camouflage - The Atlantic - Feb. 15, 2018

Animals Worldwide Stick Close to Home When Humans Move In - Scientific American - Jan. 27, 2018

Warming Signs: How Diminished Snow Cover Puts Species in Peril - Yale 360 - Jan. 16, 2018

Stuff that Matters: Scorched Earth - grist.org 

How climate change makes trees vulnerable to pests - Yale Climate Connections - Dec. 20, 2017

Report: 2017 Fire Season Costs Montana up to $240.5M in Visitor Spending - Dec. 19, 2017

Montreal-born scientist says forestry sector in denial about disappearing caribou - National Observer Nov. 9, 2017 based on professor Mark Hebblewhite's letter in Science "Canada fails to protect its caribouNov. 2017

Press on the 2017 fire season featuring interviews with our faculty

University of Montana researcher awarded National Science Foundation fellowship - Missoulian - Oct. 23, 2017

Small Pests, Big Problems: The Global Spread of Bark Beetles - Yale Environment 360 - Sept. 21, 2017

Climate report says Montana must adapt to warmer, drier seasons - Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Sept. 21, 2017

UM Receives Grant To Research The History Of Large Wildfires In The Rocky Mountains - KGVO - Aug. 8, 2017