Christopher Comer, Dean
Acting Director and Professor, Environmental Studies Program
Academic Director, UM Study of the United States Institute and Young Southeast Asian Leaders Institute: Global Environmental Issues
Leader, Transboundary Policy Planning and Management Initiative
EVST 501 Scientific Approaches to Environmental Problems
EVST 542 Transboundary Environmental Issues
EVST 382 Environmental Law
EVST 594 Environmental Law for Non-lawyers
ENSC 494/594 Biological Dimensions of Conservation
ENSC 360 Applied Ecology
Conservation Biology: My interests in the field of conservation biology include transboundary conservation planning and connectivity preservation and restoration. I am also interested in the mapping of biodiversity and the threats to its preservation, especially to support reserve planning and design. I have recently had graduate students working on evaluation of the efficacy of wildlife crossing structures, avian ecology, and enduring features analysis to name a few.
Environmental Law and Policy: An active part of my work is studying how citizens can influence the policy process and environmental outcomes to protect the environment and the human communities that depend on it. I have played a part in environmental policy debates ranging from local land use planning to wilderness designation to wildland conservation to species conservation particularly grizzly bears. Recent graduate students have worked on projects to understand the integration of collaboration into agency practice, the implications of the new US Forest Service planning regulations on connectivity and the status of inventoried roadless area protection in Montana under the Roadless Rule.
Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation: I am interested in how we can mitigate and adapt to climate change through individual and collective choices and policy initiatives. Attending the Paris Climate Change meetings as a credentialed observer was an incredible opportunity. I am currently working on an analysis of snowpack accumulation and retention in the watersheds of the Crown of the Continent for use in climate change adaptation planning for the Crown Managers Partnership . I have also led a number of projects using renewable energy. A current graduate student working under my supervision is working on completing an analysis of factors influencing the successful implementation of distributed renewable energy micro-grids in the developing world.
PhD. Biology. University of Oregon 1995.
J.D. Wayne State University 1981.
B.S. Zoology. Michigan State University 1978.
Field of Study
Public interest scientist and lawyer. Conservation biology, environmental law and policy, climate change policy and adaptation, and transboundary conservation.
Quinn, M.S., L. Broberg and W. Freimund 2012. Parks, Peace and Partnership: Global Initiatives in Transboundary Conservation. University of Calgary Press.
Gates, C.C. and L. Broberg 2011. Yellowstone Bison: The Science and Management of a Migratory Wildlife Population. University of Montana Press, Missoula.
Quinn, M. and L. Broberg 2007. Biodiversity in the Crown of the Continent in Sustaining Rocky Mountain Landscapes: Science, Policy and Management of the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem, A. Prato and D. Fagre eds, RFF Press
Broberg, L. 2007 “International watershed management: The British Columbia-Montana Flathead River Case Study.” Proceedings of the Watershed Management Council, B. McGurk, ed.
Greenwald, D.; Grocker-Bedford, D. C.; Broberg, L.; Suckling, K.F.; Tibbitts, T. 2005. A review of northern goshawk habitat selection in the home range and implications for forest management in the western United States. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 33(1): 120-129.
Court, K.; T.A. Switalski; L. Broberg; R. Lloyd. 2005. Monitoring the recovery of decommissioned roads with citizen scientists in the Clearwater National Forest, Idaho. ICOET Proceedings 2005: 609-613.Broberg, L. 2003.
Deppe, C., J. Tewksbury, D. Holt, L. Broberg, J. Peterson, K. Wood. Effect of northern pygmy owl (Glaucidium gnoma) eyespots on avian mobbing. The Auk: 765-771.
Broberg, L. Conserving ecosystems locally: a role for ecologists in land use planning. BioScience 53(7): 670-673.
Broberg, L. 1999. Will vulnerable species management protect biodiversity? J. Forestry 97: 8-12.
Trained as a lawyer and biologist I am interested in and teach courses about transboundary conservation, climate change, science and policy and environmental law.
Chair Director Departments
Systems Ecology Title
Professor, University of Montana, Environmental Studies Program, 1994 to present
Instructor, Mansfield Center, University of Montana, Young Southeast Asian Leaders Institute 2014 to present
Instructor, Mansfield Center, University of Montana, Study of the United States Institute 2010 to 2013 and present
Instructor, US Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Impact Analysis training course
Practiced law 1981-1990
Preliminary Judge CINE Film Festival
Attended Paris Climate Talks as a credentialed observer November 30- December 6, 2015
Served as a Fulbright Specialist in Vientiane, Laos January 2014 with the Participatory Development Training Center
Co-taught the Vietnam study abroad wintersession courses offered through the Mansfield Center in January 2011
Serve as Academic Director for the UM Young Southeast Asian Leaders Institute: Global Environmental Issues 2014 to present
Served as Academic Director for the UM Study of the United States Institute: Global Environmental Issues 2010 to 2013 and presently
Direct the Transboundary Policy, Planning and Management Initiative with Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Directed international EVST graduate students from Serbia, Kazakhstan and Russia
Visited Australia, China, France, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam
Speak Spanish "un poco"
Steering Committee member, Crown Managers Partnership
Board member, Miistakis Institute
Steering Committee member, Crown of the Continent Conservation Initiative
Member, Lolo Restoration Committee of the Montana Forest Restoration Committee
Committee member, Northern Rockies Delivery Team, Sierra Club