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: March 23, 2015

Energy Development Promotes Presence of Non-Native Plant Species in the Williston Basin

The presence of non-native plant species is significantly greater adjacent to oil well pads than in non-developed areas of the Williston Basin, according to a first-of-its-kind U.S. Geological Survey study for this area.

Date published: December 4, 2014

Rare Insect Found Only in Glacier National Park Imperiled by Melting Glaciers

The persistence of an already rare aquatic insect, the western glacier stonefly, is being imperiled by the loss of glaciers and increased stream temperatures due to climate warming in mountain ecosystems, according to a new study released in Freshwater Science.

Date published: October 2, 2014

Bullfrog Invasion of the Yellowstone River

The American bullfrog has expanded its invasion of the Yellowstone River floodplain in Montana, according to a new study released in “Aquatic Invasions.”

Date published: May 25, 2014

Climate Change Accelerates Hybridization between Native and Invasive Species of Trout

Scientists have discovered that the rapid spread of hybridization between a native species and an invasive species of trout in the wild is strongly linked to changes in climate.

Date published: May 12, 2014

Partly Cloudy With a Chance of Birds, Bats, and Bugs

Migratory birds provide ecosystem benefits that include pest control, pollination of plants and serve as food sources for other wildlife.  They are also a source of recreation for millions of bird watchers and enthusiasts who provide food and design backyard habitats to attract a variety of species throughout the year.

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.