University of Montana 1999-2000 Catalog

Biological Station

Jack A. Stanford (Bierman Professor of Ecology), Director

The University of Montana-Missoula operates its Flathead Lake Biological Station as a year-round research facility and academic center in ecological sciences. The Station is located on 160 acres at Yellow Bay on Flathead Lake, some 85 miles north of Missoula near Kalispell and Glacier National Park. Up to 110 students can room in rustic cabins and a dorm/apartment facility; board is provided by the station's commissary. Several large academic and office structures complement the state-of-the-art Freshwater Research Laboratory at this field campus.

During the annual 8-week summer session, formal courses are offered which emphasize field investigations of the rich flora and fauna of the diverse aquatic and terrestrial habitats found at or near the Station. Faculty from UM and other universities throughout the United States and Canada teach the courses of the summer program. The formal courses each carry three to five semester credits for either advanced undergraduate or graduate academic programs. Some Biological Station courses may substitute for major program requirements in the Division of Biological Sciences and Wildlife Biology. Advanced students are encouraged to take up to 5 credits of independent research under the direction of one of the FLBS faculty members. Credits are transferable to most universities in the United States and Canada. Students must have completed introductory courses in biology, botany, zoology and chemistry before enrolling in courses of the program.

Biology courses offered at the Biological Station are selected on a yearly basis from the following:

340 Ecology

354 Terrestrial Plant Ecology

355 Ecology of Mammals

356 Ecology of Birds

357 Ecology of Fishes

453 Lake Ecology

454 River Ecology

494 Seminar in Ecology

496 Independent Study

497 Field Research in Ecology

596 Independent Study

In addition to these summer courses, the Biological Station offers opportunities for graduate studies in aquatic biology and ecology. After formal admission to a graduate degree-granting program, research programs leading to M.S., M.A. or Ph.D. degrees can be designed by the student, academic departments at the University and the Director of the Station. Research assistantships are often available for students working on advanced degrees at FLBS. Several scholarships are also available annually for students enrolled at UM.

Enrollment Procedures

Students interested in participating in the annual summer academic program must apply before May 14. Application forms are available from the Biological Station or may be obtained in the Division of Biological Sciences office at UM.

Students interested in pursuing graduate work at FLBS should apply in writing to Graduate Admissions, Division of Biological Sciences, The University of Montana-Missoula, Missoula, 59812, or contact the Director.

For detailed information about academic and research opportunities at the Flathead Lake Biological Station, please visit the station web page ( or contact:


Flathead Lake Biological Station

The University of Montana

311 Bio Station Lane

Polson, MT 59860-9659

Phone: (406) 982-3301

Fax: (406) 982-3201


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