New Director at Flathead Lake Biological Station

Jim Elser, an internationally renowned freshwater ecologist, joined UM on December 1 as the Bio Station’s new director. Elser was recruited from Arizona State University, where he served as a Regents’ Professor. He has published in journals like Science and Nature, has been a Fulbright Scholar twice and received the G.E. Hutchinson Award, the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography’s most prestigious award for research accomplishment.

“I hope to bring a broad interdisciplinary and international vision to the station,” Elser said. “Globally, freshwaters are a critically important resource for our very survival, and lakes especially are central in providing economic, cultural and social value.” 

Elser replaces Jack Stanford, who is retiring after 44 years at UM.

“We knew that Jack would be a tough act to follow,” President Royce Engstrom said. “So we were delighted to find Jim Elser, who has the breadth of skills and experience in both science and leadership that is needed to continue the station’s tradition of excellence.”

Flathead Lake Biological Station leadership

Pictured above: Jack Stanford, left, and Jim Elser, right, stand next to the Jessie B which was recently overhauled with the help of dedicated donors. Visit to learn more about the boat's retrofitting.