Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center


Below are our most recent NOROCK and USGS News items. If you are with the media, please contact Todd Wojtowicz, communications biologist, at with any media or outreach requests.

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Date published: November 17, 2021

How Can Managers Respond to Changing Ecosystems? New BioScience Special Section Provides In-Depth Exposition of the Resist-Accept-Direct Framework

A new Special Section in the journal BioScience provides an in-depth exposition of the Resist-Accept-Direct framework, a new approach to guide natural resource decision making. Articles in the Special Section explore the practical application of the framework, compatibility of existing tools, social barriers and opportunities, and future science needs. 

Date published: October 27, 2021

Friday's Findings - November 5 2021

What is a glacier? Defining Ice Dynamic Thresholds for Regional Assessments of Glacier Mass Change

Date: November 5, 2021 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Caitlyn Florentine, Research Physical Scientist, USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center

Date published: October 7, 2021

Erik Beever, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center Research Ecologist, Acknowledged by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

On September 8, 2021, Erik Beever was acknowledged in the 2021 Climate Adaptation Leadership Awards by receiving an honorable mention for his research about how species respond to contemporary climate change. The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) sponsors the award.

Date published: September 3, 2021

Picture This: A National Climate Change Viewer that Helps Land Managers and Decision Makers Plan for Climate Change

The enormity of the challenge posed by climate change makes it difficult to visualize and understand on the ground. Even though wide-ranging impacts are visible today, it’s hard to envision how tomorrow’s changes will take shape. What will the temperature be in Portland in the spring, or how much rain might Dallas get in the fall? The USGS has a tool that can help address that challenge.

Date published: September 3, 2021

Multiple Climate Change Challenges For Native Cutthroat Trout Discussed in National Geographic Article

NOROCK scientist Clint Muhlfeld discussed the direct and indirect effects of climate change on native cutthroat trout in western Montana in a National Geographic article. Specifically, Clint spoke about the effects of altered streamflows and hybridizing with a nonnative fish species.

Date published: August 3, 2021

Kathi Irvine, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center Research Statistician, selected as American Statistical Association Fellow

Kathi Irvine was recently selected as a 2021 fellow of the American Statistical Association due to her outstanding contributions to Ecological Statistics. Kathi’s statistical expertise has improved the utility of scientific studies and natural resource monitoring, which are used to inform conservation decisions.

Date published: July 8, 2021

When Resistance is Futile, New Paper Advises RAD Range of Conservation Options

A new paper in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment presents a set of guiding principles for applying a “RAD” strategy – a framework that involves either resistingaccepting or directing ecosystem changes.

Date published: June 23, 2021

Greater Yellowstone Area Expected to Become Warmer, Drier

Temperature significantly increased and snowfall decreased in the iconic Greater Yellowstone Area since 1950 because of climate change, and these trends will likely continue through the rest of the century, according to a climate report published today.

Date published: June 17, 2021

Media Event: New Insight into Climate Change Impacts on Yellowstone

Federal and university partners invite members of the media to a virtual news conference next week about past and future effects of climate change on the iconic Greater Yellowstone Area.   

Date published: April 20, 2021

Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center Engages the Bureau of Land Management on Science Co-Production

Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK) scientists met with three Montana Bureau of Land Management (BLM) District offices to link BLM science needs with USGS resources. NOROCK scientists introduced their research and capabilities, BLM specialists discussed knowledge gaps and science needs, and the two groups examined ways to collaborate. The meetings were held in spring 2021.

Date published: March 19, 2021

Friday's Findings - April 2 2021

Adaptive Monitoring in Action: Whitebark Pine in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Date: April 2, 2021 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Kathi Irvine, Research Statistician, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center


Date published: December 28, 2020

Chronic Wasting Disease: Can Science Save Our Dear Deer?

What’s in a name? Chronic wasting disease sounds ominous, too descriptive for comfort, almost impolite in its directness. It is, in fact, a truthful name for a disease and a real threat to North America’s cervids.