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. eric sproles: cloud-based tools to predict monthly streamflow in western MT

DR. lisa eby and dr. benjamin colman: costs and benefits of beaver dam analogs for climate change resilience

Dr. art woods and dr. rachel malison: Effects of changing stream temperatures on Montana stonefly communities



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