We are leaders in conservation-based ecological and social research, information technology, and their translation and application to pressing environmental and natural resource problems.

Our faculty and students seek to understand soils, forests, ecosystems, wildlife and the people who interact with them.

The W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation supports a strong foundation for research and serves as the home of the Montana Forest and Conservation Experiment Station.  The College includes more than 40 tenure-track faculty and 120 graduate students.  The College also operates two extensive research properties: Lubrecht Experimental Forest and Bandy Experimental Ranch.

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UM Studies How Climate Change Could Undermine Biodiversity Conservation Goals

In a new study published in the journal Communications, Earth & Environment, University of Montana researchers and colleagues explore how climate change could challenge efforts to protect biodiversity within the network of protected areas around the globe.


Luis earns $2.5M to Study Hantavirus Transmission

Congratulations to Associate Professor Angela Luis for landing a National Science Foundation grant to study how diversity of competitor species affects infectious disease transmission in wildlife – specifically hantavirus in deer mice.