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Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center

Our Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center's priority is to continue the important work of the Department of the Interior and the USGS, while also maintaining the health and safety of our employees and community.  Based on guidance from the White House, the CDC, and state and local authorities, we are shifting our operations to a virtual mode and have minimal staffing

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Diverse Aging Rates in Ectotherms Provide Insights for the Evolution of Aging and Longevity

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They Do That, Too? Relatable Experiences for Mommas (and Momma-figures) of All Species

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Saving Salamanders: Vital to Ecosystem Health

Publications

U.S. Geological Survey Benchmark Glacier Project

The ​U.S. Geological Survey Benchmark Glacier Project combines decades of direct glaciological data with remote sensing data to advance the quantitative understanding of glacier-climate interactions. The global loss of glaciers, and consequent implications for water resources, sea level rise, and ecosystem function underscores the importance of U.S. Geological Survey glaciology research to facilit

Statistical assessment on determining local presence of rare bat species

Surveying cryptic, sparsely distributed taxa using autonomous recording units, although cost-effective, provides imperfect knowledge about species presence. Summertime bat acoustic surveys in North America exemplify the challenges with characterizing sources of uncertainty: observation error, inability to census populations, and natural stochastic variation. Statistical uncertainty, if not conside

Rub tree use and selection by American black bears and grizzly bears in northern Yellowstone National Park

Several of the world's bear species exhibit tree-rubbing behavior, which is thought to be a form of scent-marking communication. Many aspects of this behavior remain unexplored, including differences in rub tree selection between sympatric bear species. We compiled rub tree data collected on Yellowstone National Park's Northern Range (USA) and compared rub tree selection of sympatric American blac

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New Wildlife Tag Enabling Animal Tracking Using Weather Radar

The availability of a bird or bat tracking system that uses a preexisting sensor network is a highly desirable capability, especially where cost, design, and operational constraints severely limit the application of GPS, geolocator, and other wildlife tags.
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New Wildlife Tag Enabling Animal Tracking Using Weather Radar

The availability of a bird or bat tracking system that uses a preexisting sensor network is a highly desirable capability, especially where cost, design, and operational constraints severely limit the application of GPS, geolocator, and other wildlife tags.
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Climate change links fate of glaciers and rare alpine stream invertebrates in Glacier National Park

The extensive loss of glaciers in Glacier National Park (GNP) is iconic of the global impacts of climate warming in mountain ecosystems. However, little is known about how climate change may threaten alpine stream species, especially invertebrates, persisting below disappearing snow and ice masses in GNP. Two alpine stream invertebrates – the meltwater stonefly and the glacier stonefly – are...
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Climate change links fate of glaciers and rare alpine stream invertebrates in Glacier National Park

The extensive loss of glaciers in Glacier National Park (GNP) is iconic of the global impacts of climate warming in mountain ecosystems. However, little is known about how climate change may threaten alpine stream species, especially invertebrates, persisting below disappearing snow and ice masses in GNP. Two alpine stream invertebrates – the meltwater stonefly and the glacier stonefly – are...
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Opportunities at NOROCK

Interested in employment or volunteer opportunities at the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center? If so, check below to see if we have anything posted.
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Opportunities at NOROCK

Interested in employment or volunteer opportunities at the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center? If so, check below to see if we have anything posted.
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