2016-2017 News

DBS Prof guides high-schooler to Intel Science Fair Success

Lucy Sirrs, a student at Hellgate High School, presented a poster based on her research with Assoc. Prof. Sarah Certel (Certel Lab) at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair this May. Lucy won fourth prize in the Behavioral and Social Science section for her project on the neurobiology of male aggression in fruit flies. The Intel ISEF held in LA this year hosted ~1800 high school students from more than 75 countries who compete for prizes

DBS researcher wins NIH Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Award

Jon Velotta, a postdoc in the Cheviron Lab, was awarded a multi-year NRSA postdoctoral fellowship award (~$180,000) in support of his research on the genomics and physiology of high-elevation adaptation.

OBEE grad students honored with NSF Graduate Research Fellowships (4/17)

Two OBEE first year students, Hila Chase and Emily Kopania, earned 3-year NSF Graduate Research Fellowships ($138,000 each) to support their PhD studies. Another student in the cohort, Anthony Lapansky, received Honorable Mention for his proposal. Emily (Good Lab, left) will investigate the consequences of variation in gene number in mammals. Hila (Tobalske Lab, middle) focuses on bone micro-structure and clues if can provide about ancient and modern avian flight. Anthony (Tobalske Lab, right) will study the biomechanics of wings and legs in birds such as dippers.  

DBS faculty share some GOOD news about UM with Missoula community (3/17)


guest opinion column signed by all DBS faculty appeared in the today's (3/15/17) Missoulian. While acknowledging that UM and every program within it faces significant challenges at this time, the column emphasizes a reality that Biology students and faculty experience daily -- "the quality of our faculty and the education we give our students have never been better". (Photo: DBS senior and Udall Scholar Mariah McIntosh, who studies how plants respond to soil microbes).

A rocky river runs through it: UM researchers highlight neglected nexus of mountain landscapes (12/16)

A team of ecologists, led by Ric Hauer and other researchers from DBS, CFC, FLBS, and the UM Center for Integrated Research on the Environment (CIRE), recently characterized the central (and previously underappreciated) role for gravel-bed rivers in glaciated mountain ecosystems (photo: Charlie Janson).  The definitive work, which calls for greater conservation focus on gravel-bed rivers, was published this summer in Science Advances and is featured in the New York Times Science Times this week.

Power to the pepo! DBS senior puts pumpkin on pedestal, pays price

Peter Breigenzer, a Biology Honors student, was arrested October 26th when caught in the act of impaling a pumpkin on the spire of Main Hall. He was continuing a long-standing UM tradition of pumpkin-spiking the week before Halloween.  Mr. Breigenzer could not be reached for comment, as (after posting bail) he had left town to present his Honors thesis reseach on plant genetics at the 14th Annual Ecological Genomics meeting in Kansas City, Missouri. Disclaimer: DBS can appreciate the display of botanical specimens, but does NOT endorse climbing Main Hall or other campus buildings. More DBS News.

NSF supports Wright Museum (9/16)

The National Science Foundation has made a $500,000 grant to DBS faculty to secure and grow the Wright Museum's regionally and historically significant bird and mammal collections. Broad support from UM alums, friends and community supporters, who donated funds to prepare the new space for modern museum cabinets, was key to the proposal's success. Work on the new space will start this year and the transition will be complete by Fall 2018. 

DBS welcomes new faculty (9/16)

Dr. Jedediah Brodie (left), the John J. Craighead Chair in Wildlife Biology, and Dr. Matt Church (right), Associate Professor at the Flathead Lake Biological Station, join DBS's OBEE grad program this Fall. Dr. Brodie is a conservation ecologist working to understand human impacts on plant and animal communities world-wide. Dr. Church is a renowned oceanographer who brings expertise in tracking the causes and consequences of microbial population cycles to less-studied freshwater systems.