stimulating innovative water-related research
Each year, faculty from across Montana's University System are provided expertise and financial support by the Montana Water Center. Approximately $40,000 of funding is awarded to faculty members on a competitive and annual basis. These funds are used to help conserve, understand, and communicate the importance of our state's water resources. Please read below to learn more about current faculty researchers and their projects.
Dr. Jia Hu: influence of Juniper on Streamflow
Dr. Laurie yung: Improving climate information
dr. payton gardner: Hydrologic connectivity in groundwater
Dr. Ben Colman: Floating treatment wetlands
DR. ALYSIA COX: LINKING MICROBIAL DIVERSITY AND WATER QUALITY
DR. LINDSEY ALBERTSON: FLOW, TEMPERATURE, AND INVERTEBRATES
DR. Robert payn: Beaver mimicry and water storage
PAST AND FUTURE RESEARCH
In the past, the Montana Water Center and research affiliates have investigated and completed research projects on whirling disease, native fish habitat, river and stream geomorphology, and water contaminants monitoring along the Yellowstone River.
In the future, the Montana Water Center aims to leverage water outreach and research opportunities by addressing critical water resource issues including:
Community preparation for drought, flooding, and extreme weather events
Studying the effects of oil and natural gas exploration and transport on river water sources
Empowering water leaders and stakeholders though annual training events