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: June 19, 2013

Invasive Snails are Target of UI, USGS Environmental DNA Study

Researchers at the University of Idaho and the U.S. Geological Survey have developed a way to identify New Zealand mudsnail infestations in their earliest stages – using only the small bits of DNA the snails shed in the water.

Date published: May 13, 2013

Warmer Springs Causing Loss of Snow Cover throughout the Rocky Mountains

Warmer spring temperatures since 1980 are causing an estimated 20 percent loss of snow cover across the Rocky Mountains of western North America, according to new research from the U.S. Geological Survey. 

Date published: March 13, 2013

Pika Populations Affected by Climate in the Great Basin

Climate factors such as snowpack and precipitation are playing an increasingly important role in the abundance of American pikas in the Great Basin, according to a continuing ecological study by the U.S. Geological Survey, University of Montana and Montana State University.

Date published: January 23, 2013

Invasive Pike Persist When Preferred Prey Decline

Invasive northern pike in southcentral Alaska are opportunistic and adaptable predators that feed on multiple native fish species when their preferred prey, native salmonids, are no longer abundant, according to a new study released in Ecology of Freshwater Fish. 

Date published: May 23, 2012

New "Hair of the Bear" Study Launched to Estimate Grizzly Bear Population

Bears in the far northwest corner of Montana and northeastern Idaho will soon be part of a new study using "hair of the bear" to estimate their population size.

Date published: April 30, 2012

Earbones Accurately Record a Fish’s Life Travels

Studying the earbones of trout can reveal their lifetime movements in a large river system, according to a study released in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.  

Date published: April 23, 2012

Medical Fight Against Cancer May Hold Lessons for Battling Aquatic Invasive Species

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Lessons learned from the medical community's progress in fighting cancer can provide a framework to help prevent the introduction and spread of harmful aquatic invasive species, according to a study released in American Scientist. 

Date published: February 1, 2012

USGS Scientist Receives American Quaternary Association Distinguished Career Award

Ken Pierce, U.S. Geological Survey Geologist Emeritus, has been selected as the recipient of the Distinguished Career Award of the American Quaternary Association (AMQUA), to be presented at the 2012 Biennial Meeting in Duluth, Minn. 

Date published: April 4, 2011

Rare Alpine Insect May Disappear with Glaciers

Loss of glaciers and snowpack due to climate warming in alpine regions is putting pressure on a rare aquatic insect, the meltwater stonefly, according to a study recently released in Climatic Change Letters.

Date published: March 9, 2011

Native Trout Fare Best When Dams Use Natural Stream Flow Management Practices

Natural stream flow suits native trout populations best, according to a new study that is the first to examine the impacts of dam operations on threatened freshwater trout. The study appears in River Research and Applications.

Date published: December 9, 2010

Thermal Imagery Sheds Light on Wolf Disease

Psychedelically colored wolves depicted by thermal imaging will shed light on how mange affects the survival, reproduction and social behavior of wolves in Yellowstone National Park.

Date published: August 17, 2010

Prestigious award granted to local grizzly researchers

A distinguished award from The Wildlife Society will be granted to local scientists for their research on grizzly bear populations in northwestern Montana.