UM alumna Ashley Heers

Evolutionary Biologists Ask: Which Came First, the Dinosaur or the Bird?

The consensus is in: Birds are living dinosaurs. But how that epic evolutionary leap took place remains one of science’s greatest mysteries. Evolutionary biologists like Ashley Heers represent the...

M. Sanjayan parachutes next to a bird

Montana Scientist Travels to 29 Countries to Film New PBS Series

M. Sanjayan once held a 9-foot shark in the Caribbean as it gave birth. It was all in a day’s work for the world-renowned scientist and UM research faculty member who just completed a five-year...

UM student Tanner Saul in South Africa

Wild Cats in the City: Research Takes Student to South Africa

The sun hadn’t risen yet, but Tanner Saul was up. He unzipped his tent and stepped out into the chilly morning, still unable to see the African landscape surrounding him. Saul, a sophomore...

UM Naturalist Marilyn Marler in her office

UM Naturalist Awarded Fulbright to Vietnam

Marilyn Marler soon will trade the grasslands and wildflowers of Mount Sentinel for the wetlands and crocodiles of Vietnam. In late February, Marler, the Missoula City Council president, heads to...

Earth from space

How Did Life Become Complex, and Could It Happen Beyond Earth?

When astrobiologists contemplate life on nearby planets or moons, they often suggest such life would be simple. But from such simple life, more complex lifeforms could eventually come to be....

NASA's SMAP satellite

UM Researcher Helps NASA Get the Dirt on Soil Moisture

During the early-morning hours on Tuesday, Jan. 29, NASA will launch a satellite that will peer into the topmost layer of Earth's soils to measure the hidden waters that influence our ecosystems...

Livingston Mountain range in Glacier National Park

Researcher: High Elevation Temperature Increases Artificially Inflated

In a recent study, UM and Montana Climate Office researcher Jared Oyler found that while the western U.S. has warmed, recently observed warming in the mountains of the western U.S. likely is not...

illustration of a saber-toothed tiger and a porcupine

Professor Explores Animal Weapons and the Evolution Of Battle

From horns to claws, teeth and talons, the animal kingdom features many natural weapons. But UM evolutionary biologist Doug Emlen wanted to know why, in some rare cases, animals develop weapons...

UM researcher Frank Rosenzweig

UM Researcher Studies Origins of Life with NASA Award

When astrobiologists contemplate life on nearby planets or moons, they often suggest such life would be simple. From such simple life, more complex life forms could eventually come to be. How did...

UM telescope on Mount Hopkins in Arizona

UM Team Searching for Earth-like Planets Using New Telescope

From his lab in Missoula, Nate McCrady watches the stars. The UM associate professor of astronomy and his team of research students received a $1.125 million grant from NASA last year. The grant...

UM's new data center

UM’s New Data Center Solves Problems, Opens Doors

After four years of investigating, planning, politicking and decision-making, UM has a new data center. It doesn’t look like much from the outside—a big white box sitting beneath a slanted metal...

UM Professor Emeritus Don Kiely

UM Spinoff Rivertop Renewables to Build Manufacturing Plant

A big year for Rivertop Renewables has gotten even bigger. The Missoula producer of biodegradable chemicals received a $26 million cash infusion from outside investors in the spring. Then, the...

A map shows where Riverside's Christmas mail has arrived from.

Osprey Cam Fans Send Christmas Cheer to Nest Neighbors

The residents of Riverside Health Care Center in Missoula are receiving Christmas cards from across the country thanking the staff and residents for hosting an online streaming camera placed next...

An illustration by David Tuss from the book Animal Weapons

UM Alumnus Teams up with Professor to Illustrate Science

A saber-toothed cat snarls, ready to pounce from the front cover of “Animal Weapons,” a new book that’s getting a lot of notice from both the media and the science world. The artist and UM alumnus...

UM student researcher Chantanelle Nava uses UM’s 0.7-meter telescope at Mount Hopkins, Ariz., during testing.

UM Telescope One Step Closer to Discovering New Worlds

“First light” marked a new dawn for UM astronomy on Dec. 16.  UM astrophysics Associate Professor Nate McCrady, along with a team of researchers, achieved “first light” on Tuesday – a term used to...

Osprey with fish

UM-Banded Osprey Sighted in Texas

A Missoula-born osprey has become a celebrity among birdwatchers on the Gulf Coast of Texas. As a chick, the bird was tagged with a blue leg band bearing the designation “M8” by UM wildlife...

Rivertop Renewable employee assesses cleanliness of glasses

UM Spin-Off Rivertop Renewables to Build Production Plant

On Dec. 9, Rivertop Renewables announced its first commercial production plant that will be located in Virginia. They work with glucaric acid, which is a naturally occurring sugar acid that's...

A western glacier stonefly

Study: Melting Glaciers Threaten Rare Insect that Feeds Trout

The average day hiker in Glacier National Park is unlikely to notice the dwindling stonefly population. But trout are. The western glacier stonefly is one of the few flies to hatch throughout the...

SOBA director of IT Eric Tangedahl

IBM Awards UM Power Systems Server for Real-Time Data Analysis

UM students studying big data have a new tool coming their way. The IBM Power Systems Organization recently granted a scale-out POWER8 processor-based server to the University, which will allow UM...

UM graduate Dan Baca works at the console as the space shuttle docks with the International Space Station

Alumnus Reaches for Stars as Engineer on Orion Spacecraft Project

Growing up in Montana, Dan Baca had an amazing view of the stars, but he had no idea the stars were in his future. Today, the 2003 UM graduate is working with NASA on the Orion spacecraft that...

UM Professor Chris Palmer

Three UM Faculty Members Named Fulbright Scholar Awardees

Two UM professors and one associate professor recently were named 2015 Fulbright Scholar Program awardees by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. All three teach...

Professor George Stanley holds up a piece of coral

Coral Reef Research Earns UM Professor AAAS Fellow Distinction

UM geosciences Professor George Stanley, who directs the UM Paleontology Center, has been named a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Stanley was awarded the...

students walk across the Oval in late fall

Engstrom: UM to Increase Emphasis on Research, Health Care

UM is reviewing its programs and expects to grow its emphasis on research and health care while injecting the humanities into all academic pursuits, school officials said Monday. Meeting with the...

Professor Cara Nelson in Kuwait

Restoration Ecology Professor Puts Knowledge to Work in Kuwait

University of Montana Professor of restoration ecology Cara Nelson just returned from Kuwait where she worked with scientists at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research to develop effective...

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Professor Emlen Brings Animal Weapons to ‘Science Friday’

Animals have developed horns, claws, and teeth to defend themselves, but what is the advantage of a bulky crab claw that weighs half as much as the entire animal, or 14-foot-wide antlers on the...

elk

UM, FWP Researchers Team Up to Solve the Bitterroot Elk Mystery

In 2009 the southern Bitterroot Valley’s elk herd—for years one of the state’s most productive populations and a source of pride among local hunters—was in a free fall. Ideas surfaced from all...

UM plant ecologist Ray Callaway

Renowned UM Plant Ecologist Nominated for Regents Professor

Biology Professor Ragan “Ray” Callaway, an internationally renowned ecologist, has been nominated to become UM’s 10th Regents Professor. Upon approval by the Montana Board of Regents during its...

illustration of dung beetle by Paul Sahre

NYT Magazine: The Astonishing Weaponry of Dung Beetles

“On a still-sweltering evening in Tanzania more than a decade ago, my colleagues and I crouched around a fresh pile of elephant dung to witness an epic struggle of wills,” writes UM Professor Doug...

UM Professor Gordon Luikart

Scientific Minds of UM: Ecologist Gordon Luikart

For Gordon Luikart, animal feces is a key reason why his research is among the most cited in the country. In the UM ecologist's Ph.D. research he tested the DNA of big horn sheep, found in feces,...

Student stands in front of UM's Payne Family Native American Center

UM Ranked Among Nation’s Top Degree Producers for Native Americans

UM is the 26th top degree producer for Native American students in the nation, according to the Diverse: Issues in Higher Education list, “2014 Top 100 Degree Producers.” The study names UM 40th...

UM students Stephen Jenkins and Jena Trejo

Forestry Students Named Finalists in Business Challenge

UM students Stephen Jenkins and Jena Trejo are finalists in the Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge for their proposal to convert forest slash to methanol. The challenge encourages and...

UM Professor Ray Callaway

Scientific Minds of UM: Professor and Ecologist Ray Callaway

Ray Callaway’s research investigates the catastrophic consequences of some exotic plants in North America. The UM ecologist's original research on plant facilitation, found that over time, plants...

UM campus

World University Rankings Lists UM Among Top 350 Colleges Worldwide

For the third year in a row, UM is ranked among the top 350 universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. UM is ranked in the 301-350 level of the 2014-15 list....

Hyeok Yun, a UM undergraduate, and Research Professor Craig Ravesloot

Student, Research Professor Teach Each Other Valuable Lessons

Hyeok Yun, a UM undergraduate student from South Korea, is gaining a wider perspective on how art therapy and counseling are impacted by disability research. Under the direction of Craig...

UM Regents Professor Steven Running

Scientific Minds of UM: Regents Professor Steven Running

Every day Steven Running photographs the entire world.  Running uses NASA satellites to measure plant health around the world. One of his publications has been cited 6,666 times by other...

UM Associate Professor Nate McCrady teaches a class

UM Research Extends its Reach into Outer Space with Recent Awards

The University of Montana is a national leader in research on wildlife biology, ecology, forestry and areas related to the planet on which we live. Recently we have extended our reach into outer...

People attend the opening ceremony for the Elousie Cobell Land and Culture Institute at UM

Elouise Cobell’s Legacy Finds Permanent Home at UM

The Elouise Cobell Land and Culture Institute at the University of Montana officially opened its doors Oct. 10. The institute is located in The Payne Family Native American Center. The institute...

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