2019-2020 News

Nature paper published by UM professor & UM alumni reveals how birds 'retweet' alarm calls—but only after verifying them

chikadee-on-a-branch.jpgProfessor Erick Greene and students published a paper in Nature on the "original tweets and social networking."  Their research investigated how red-breasted nuthatches evaluate different sources of information about potential predators, and how this influences the alarm calls they produce.  If only humans behaved a bit more like nuthatches we would not have so much "fake news!"  This paper is also a 100% product of our local research-shed,  since both Nora Carlson and Chris Templeton were students here. Full National Geographic article found here.

UM-Affiliated Wings Over Water Program Wins Educational Innovation Award


Wings Over Water, a joint program of the University of Montana and the Montana Natural History Center, recently was awarded an Underwriters Laboratories Innovation Education Award. Open to nonprofits from across the U.S. and Canada, the award comes with a $25,000 prize.

Dr. James Elser Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Dr. James Elser Standing in front of Flathead Lake

Flathead Lake Biological Station Director and Bierman Professor of Ecology Jim Elser has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in scientific research. 

The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution established under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. It recognizes achievement in science by election to membership, and – with the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine – provides science, engineering and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations.

Elser was elected to NAS by current members of the Academy, and will join them as they advise the nation on matters relating to science, engineering and medicine.