Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK)


Below are our most recent NOROCK and USGS News items. If you are with the media, please contact Acting PIO Sarah Beldin at with any media or outreach requests.

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Date published: November 16, 2016

Small Alpine Insects are Big Messengers of Climate Change

West Glacier, Mont. – Two rare alpine insects – native to the northern Rocky Mountains and dependent on cold waters of glacier and snowmelt-fed alpine streams – are imperiled due to climate warming induced glacier and snow loss according to a study by the U.S. Geological Survey and its partners.

Date published: October 18, 2016

Oil field spills reduce wetland productivity in the Williston Basin

A new study by the USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center and the NPS Greater Yellowstone Network has shown that contamination of wetlands by brine had negative effects on plant productivity and macroinvertebrate communities.  

Date published: September 21, 2016

Both gender and movement important for genetic diversity of grizzly bears.

Grizzly bears in the southern portion of the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem experienced a rapid increase in genetic diversity, according to a new study led by the USGS.

Date published: August 25, 2016

Pikas Disappearing from Parts of the West Due to Climate Change

American pikas – small herbivores that typically live in rocky slopes, known as talus, across many mountain ranges in the American West – are disappearing from some locations across the West due to climate change, according to a study by the U.S. Geological Survey and some of its partners.

Date published: August 15, 2016

It's not all about temperature for cold-water fish.

Bull trout populations are lower, more variable, and declining where stream habitat is limited, invasive species and land-use (i.e., roads) are prevalent, and stream temperatures are highest, according to a new study led by the USGS.

Date published: August 3, 2016

Claudia Regan Takes the Helm as Director of the U.S. Geological Survey's Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center in Bozeman

New Center Director to sustain NOROCK’s tradition of productivity and partnership in generating ground-breaking science relevant to resource managers in the Northern Rocky Mountains and beyond.

Date published: July 27, 2016

Videos Reveal Birds, Bats and Bugs near Solar Project Power Towers

Video surveillance is the most effective method for detecting animals flying around solar power towers, according to a study of various techniques by the U.S. Geological Survey and its partners at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System facility in southeastern California.

Date published: June 30, 2016

Bullfrog Genetics Confirm Source and Degree of Spread in Montana

Bozeman - A new U.S. Geological Survey study illustrates the usefulness of genetic approaches to track invasive bullfrog introductions. Results will inform management actions for identifying and controlling importation and secondary spread of invasive bullfrogs in Montana.  

Date published: June 24, 2016

For Nature, Gravel-Bed Rivers Most Important Feature in Mountainous Western North America

MISSOULA – Gravel-bed river floodplains are some of the most ecologically important habitats in North America, according to a new study by scientists from the U.S. and Canada. Their research shows how broad valleys coming out of glaciated mountains provide highly productive and important habitat for a large diversity of aquatic, avian and terrestrial species.

Date published: May 16, 2016

Study Shows Pathways of Disease Transmission Between Elk, Bison and Cattle in the Greater Yellowstone Area

The U.S. Geological Survey and its partners have shown how brucellosis has impacted cattle, bison and elk in the greater Yellowstone area.

Date published: April 28, 2016

Welcome to the New

Our transitional site includes the new and more than 180 top-level pages (Mission Areas, Programs, Regions, our three new Science Center websites, Products, Connect, About, etc.). We will migrate more USGS websites into this new experience; check back often to see our progress.

Date published: April 7, 2016

Linking Climate Change Science and Art

What began as an effort to document and analyze the retreat of glaciers in Glacier National Park, has become a collection of striking photographs displayed on museum walls.