2016-2017 News

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.