LRES Vision

To excel in the discovery and communication of how natural and managed environments and their elements function in an era of global change.

LRES Values

  • Current, responsive, high-quality teaching with focus on hands-on learning
  • Impactful, entrepreneurial research fueled by diverse funding sources to answer fundamental  to applied questions
  • Communication of knowledge to Montanans, students, and scientific community
  • Collaborative engagement with stakeholders, allied disciplines, and institutions/agencies to apply science to management

LRES Mission

The mission of the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences is to generate knowledge about local and global environments that can be disseminated to meet the needs of students, agricultural producers, land owners and managers, the general scientific community, and the citizens of Montana.

We bring together disciplines related to soils, microorganisms, insects, plants, climate, and water to address issues affecting cropland, rangeland, forests, reclaimed land, extreme environments, and protected natural areas.

Through our research, outreach, and teaching, we strive to integrate scientifically-sound information across spatial and temporal scales to enhance productivity of managed lands, facilitate knowledge-based adoption of sustainable practices, and produce broadly educated students prepared for careers in the environmental sciences.


 The following framework illustrates the LRES department's vision:

Overarching Themes

  • Discovering Earth and Ecological Function
  • Optimizing Managed Ecosystems
  • Understanding Organisms

Areas of Integrative Expertise

  • Climate Change and Land-Use Change
  • Ecosystem and Landscape Processes
  • Ecological Restoration
  • Environmental Biology
  • Pest Ecology and Management
  • Sustainable Agricultural Systems

Research, Education, & Extension Foci

  • Agronomy
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Ecology
  • Entomology
  • Hydrology
  • Microbiology
  • Risk Assessment
  • Soil Science
  • Spatial Sciences
  • Weed Science

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