Unified Interior Regions

Montana

Welcome to the Midwest Region! Our region includes 18 Science Centers in 11 States from the Great Lakes to the Dakotas, south to Missouri and Kentucky. Our streamgage network is used to monitor and assess water resources across the region. Other research focuses on fisheries and aquatic ecosystems, midcontinental plant/animal species, invasive species, wildlife disease, and energy and mining.

Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK)

Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK)

Scientists from the Center work in the northern Rocky Mountains and across the U.S. Many work throughout the world on issues as diverse as global climate change, aquatic ecology, wildlife diseases, bison ecology, and large carnivores.

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Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center

Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center

The Water Science Center's hydrologists, engineers, geospatial analysts, hydrologic technicians, geologists, and support staff work to provide hydrologic data and interpretive studies.

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Date published: January 25, 2017
Status: Active

Rocky Mountain Regional Snowpack Chemistry Monitoring Study

Snowpacks collect atmospheric deposition throughout the snowfall season and offer a unique opportunity to obtain a composite sample of the chemistry of most of the annual precipitation at high elevations [> 1,800 meters]. The purpose of the snowpack network is to determine annual concentrations and depositional amounts of selected nutrients and other constituents in snow resulting from...

Contacts: Graham Sexstone
Date published: January 25, 2017

Long Term Research in northwest Montana

The Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) in northwest Montana is one of the last strongholds of the grizzly bear in the lower 48 states. Of the six established grizzly bear recovery zones, the NCDE is the third largest in area, potentially harboring the greatest number of grizzly bears, and is the only zone contiguous to a strong Canadian population. However, little information exists...

Contacts: Tabitha Graves, Ph.D., Kate Kendall
Date published: December 1, 2016
Status: Active

Riparian Ecology

Riparian ecologists in the AS Branch study interactions among flow, channel change, and vegetation along rivers across the western United States and worldwide. Our work focuses on issues relevant to the management of water and public lands, including dam operation, climate change, invasive species, and ecological restoration. Investigations take place on a range of scales. For example,...

Date published: November 18, 2016

Wetland State-and-Transition Model Project

The Wetland STM project is creating a state-and-transition model to inform management of semi-permanently flooded wetlands in the Intermountain West and western Prairie Pothole Region, as well as designing a monitoring scheme to allow determination of current wetland condition.

Contacts: Kathi Irvine, Ph.D., Jeff Warren
Date published: September 30, 2016
Status: Completed

Sagebrush Mineral Resource Assessment

The USGS Mineral Resources Program completed a comprehensive assessment and inventory of potential mineral resources covering approximately10 million acres of federal and adjacent lands in Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and Montana. 

Date published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

HDgov: Multi-agency Website for Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

HDgov is an interactive and mobile-responsive online portal to interagency, academic, and non-government resources focused on the human dimensions of natural resource management. The web portal provides easy access to tools, publications, data, and methods that help ensure that the people side of natural resources is considered throughout the entire natural resource management process. The...

Date published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

National Park Service Visitor Spending Effects

The National Park Service (NPS) manages the Nation’s most iconic destinations that attract millions of visitors from across the Nation and around the world. Trip-related spending by NPS visitors generates and supports a considerable amount of economic activity within park gateway communities. USGS economists collaborate with the National Park Service social science program to estimate NPS...

Date published: July 21, 2016

Using Quantile Regression to Investigate Ecological Limiting Factors

Unexplained heterogeneity in statistical models of animal responses to their physical environment is reasonable to expect because the measured habitat resources are a constraint on—but not the sole determinant of—abundance, survival, fecundity, or fitness. The ecological understanding and reliability of management predictions based on animal habitat models can be improved by shifting focus ...

Date published: July 21, 2016
Status: Active

North American Waterfowl Management Plan

The ultimate success of North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) depends on maintaining relevance to stakeholders and society. In order to be relevant, a first step is to better understand what people value in regard to waterfowl and their habitats. Without this information, NAWMP population, habitat, and people objectives may not reflect stakeholder and societal values; and management...

Date published: July 19, 2016

Quantitative and Statistical Research Collaboration

Mathematical and statistical models are powerful research tools that play several important roles in conceptualizing and understanding the structure and dynamics of complicated ecological systems, including developing mechanistic hypotheses pertaining to ecological systems, designing studies that elucidate ecosystem structure and function, and extracting information from data.

Date published: June 27, 2016

ScienceCache

Working with the Northern Rockies Science Center, the Information Science Branch designed and developed ScienceCache, a scientific geocaching mobile application framework. Initially developed for citizen science data collection, the application was extended to work for any field data collection effort. The lead researcher controls the data collection route, collection forms, and data...

Contacts: Tim Kern
Date published: May 6, 2016
Status: Active

Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative: Rocky Mountain Region

The Rocky Mountain Region of Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) encompasses Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. Two USGS Science Centers initiate and develop ARMI projects in this region. Investigations at NOROCK are headed by Dr. Blake Hossack. Investigations at the Fort Collins Science Center (FORT), Colorado, are headed by Dr. Erin Muths. The ARMI program is based...

Contacts: Blake Hossack
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USGS scientist doing weather station repairs in Glacier National Park.
September 12, 2017

USGS scientist doing weather station repairs in Glacier National Park.

USGS scientist Erich Peitzsch does repair on the Sperry Weather Station in Glacier National Park. Information gathered by the USGS managed Sperry Weather Station are being used by regional fire managers to forecast fire weather and future fire behavior during the 2017 fire season. 

USGS weather station repair operations in Glacier NP.
September 12, 2017

USGS weather station repair operations in Glacier NP.

Crews perform repairs on the Sperry Weather Station as part of Fire Operations in Glacier National Park. Information gathered by the USGS managed Sperry Weather Station are being used by regional fire managers to forecast fire weather and future fire behavior during the 2017 fire season. 

Establishing a survey base station in Lame Deer, Montana
September 12, 2017

Establishing a survey base station in Lame Deer, Montana

Establishing a survey base station in Lame Deer, Montana

Using kayak to measure cross-sectional depth and water surface of Gallatin River
August 2, 2017

Measuring cross-sectional depth and water surface of Gallatin River

Using kayak to measure cross-sectional depth and water surface of Gallatin River

Measuring the groundwater level in a well near Lame Deer, Montana
July 25, 2017

Measuring the groundwater level in a well near Lame Deer, Montana

Measuring the groundwater level in a well near Lame Deer, Montana

Measuring discharge of Lame Deer Creek near Lame Deer, Montana
July 24, 2017

Measuring discharge of Lame Deer Creek near Lame Deer, Montana

Measuring discharge of Lame Deer Creek near Lame Deer, Montana

Chad Reese and Chuck Parrett measuring channel width for a small stream near Helena, MT.
July 11, 2017

Chad Reese and Chuck Parrett measuring channel width

Chad Reese and Chuck Parrett measuring channel width for a small stream near Helena, MT.

July 5, 2017

Return of the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear

Yellowstone grizzly bears inhabit federal, state, tribal, and private lands, and long-term research requires careful coordination across governmental levels. The Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team (IGBST) is an interdisciplinary group of scientists and biologists responsible for long-term monitoring and research efforts on grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone

Logs and debris floating in a river
June 12, 2017

Logs and Debris in the Yellowstone River

Logs and debris are a common occurrence during recent high flows in the Yellowstone River.

Person placing a pallid sturgeon into the water from the side of a boat.
June 1, 2017

Releasing a Pallid Sturgeon on the Yellowstone River

Student Services contractor, Tanner, Cox releasing a pallid sturgeon on the Yellowstone River. 

Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park - 2016
December 31, 2016

Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park - 2016

Grinnell Glacier (J Scurlock, 09/15/16) has retreated to the mostly shaded, upper confines of the basin.   

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July 23, 2013

The U.S. Geological Survey's Wyoming and Montana water science centers will merge in October, improving science capacity and capabilities by integrating scientists in the two centers and allowing them to share equipment and expertise.

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May 13, 2013

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. 

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November 6, 2012

Ken Pierce, U.S. Geological Survey Geologist Emeritus, has been selected as the recipient of the Distinguished Career Award of the Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division of the Geological Society of America, to be presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting in Charlotte, N.C.  

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February 16, 2012

U.S. Geological Survey scientist Joanna Thamke will receive the National Level Silver Medal Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today at a ceremony in Denver, Colo.  

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September 9, 2011

A non-toxic dye, rhodamine WT, will be injected into Tenmile Creek near Rimini, Mont., downstream from the City of Helena’s municipal water intake on Sept. 13 and 14.

U.S. Geological Survey scientists will continually inject a small stream of the dye as part of a metal-loading study being conducted by the USGS, Montana Department of Environmental Quality, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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May 26, 2011

Recent heavy rainfall in southeastern Montana has resulted in record streamflows in many rivers and streams, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. 

In Montana, there are more than 210 USGS-operated streamgages that measure water levels and streamflow. Twenty streamgage stations have reached flood stage, and six are above record levels.

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April 4, 2011

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.

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September 8, 2010

The Missouri River will be dyed red today for a water flow study being conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.

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August 31, 2010

The Missouri River will be dyed red for a water flow study being conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.

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August 26, 2010

The Missouri River will be dyed red for a water flow study being conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.

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August 17, 2010

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

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November 4, 2009

Greater sage-grouse populations have declined substantially in many areas in the West, though populations in some locations remain relatively stable, according to a comprehensive publication written by federal, state, and non-governmental organizations. The population assessment is one of numerous sage-grouse topics covered in the 24 chapters released today.

Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK)

Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK)

Scientists from the Center work in the northern Rocky Mountains and across the U.S. Many work throughout the world on issues as diverse as global climate change, aquatic ecology, wildlife diseases, bison ecology, and large carnivores.

Go to NOROCK

Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center

Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center

The Water Science Center's hydrologists, engineers, geospatial analysts, hydrologic technicians, geologists, and support staff work to provide hydrologic data and interpretive studies.

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