Our Faculty Among World’s Most-Cited!

bob yokelson

A HUGE congratulations to our faculty member Bob Yokelson for being part of the top 1% most cited researchers in the world! This is an incredible honor that is awarded to fewer than 0.1% of researchers in 21 fields. Bob Yokelson has 110 publications that have been cited over 7,700 times. Yokelson is the only scientist this year in Big Sky Country to make the list.

"I actually did not like college in California at 17 and dropped out to work in the woods of Montana and Idaho as a firefighter, carpenter, trail crew, contract thinner, etc. I noticed people with degrees seemed to have more upward mobility and decided to give college another try at UM. I was amazed that I loved my classes in forestry, geology, chemistry, physics –even calculus."

After earning a chemical physics Ph.D. from Yale University and studying atmospheric chemistry at NOAA, Bob Yokelson returned to UM to build a research career on how vegetation fires impact the atmosphere. Since then –with the help of UM students, scholars, researchers and international collaborators –Yokelson has deployed instruments around world to learn how fires impact climate, chemistry and human health.

"UM and Missoula are special to me. We are a community close to nature that originally served as the base for my work in the woods. Now this unique place is the base for my research into how our planet works. I have accessible coworkers that are inspiring experts in many fields relevant to my work, but I can also walk out my door and take a beautiful hike when I need an occasional break."

-Bob Yokelson

UM news release, “UM Smoke Researcher Among the World’s Most Cited”

Missoulian article, “University of Montana scientist among world's most-cited”