Climate Change Studies

Steven Running, Director

Climate Change Studies is an inter-disciplinary program open to all majors.  The program educates students in three areas of the climate change issue: science, society, and solutions. Coursework in the minor provides a foundation that enables students to engage the scientific, societal, and political dimensions of global climate change. Further, the focus on solutions with its orientation toward applied learning will help students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. Participating students will enhance their major field of study. They will be better prepared to enter a broad range of professions and graduate programs where they can meet the emerging challenges and opportunities arising from climate change. Climate Change Studies is a joint program between the College of Forestry and Conservation, College of Arts and Sciences, and Missoula College’s Energy Technology program. 

Undergraduate Degrees Available

Subject Type Option Track
Climate Change Studies Minor



  • Len Broberg, Professor
  • Johnnie N. Moore, Ph.D., University of California (Los Angeles), 1976
  • Steve Running, Regents Professor of Ecology; Director, Numerical Terradynamics Simulation Group

Associate Professor

  • Cory Cleveland, Associate Professor of Terrestrial Biogeochemistry
  • Joel T. Harper, Ph.D, University of Wyoming, 1997
  • Ulrich Kamp, Associate Professor
  • Derek Kellenberg, Associate Professor
  • Anna Klene, Associate Professor
  • Peter Koehn, Comparative Government & Politics & Public Administration
  • Robin Saha, Associate Professor
  • Steve Schwarze, Professor & Department Chair
  • Dane Scott, Associate Professor of Ethics; Director of the Center for Ethics
  • Dan Spencer, Associate Professor
  • Laurie Yung, Associate Professor of Natural Resource Social Science; Program Director, Resource Conservation Major

Assistant Professor

  • Ashley Ballantyne, Assistant Professor of Bioclimatology
  • Bradley Layton, Energy Technology Program Director/Assistant Professor


  • Melissa MacKenzie
  • Nicky Phear, Climate Change Studies Instructor and Program Coordinator