Jim Elser, an internationally renowned freshwater ecologist, will become the next director of the University of Montana's century-old Flathead Lake Biological Station. Elser is currently a Regents' Professor at Arizona State University.
Elser is a top caliber scientist who will continue the tradition of leading-edge scientific research fostered by current director Jack Stanford. Elser also has excellent leadership and administrative experience and skills, having served as a dean and having been the principal investigator on many large cooperative research grants.
Elser will start December 1st, 2015 and will be in residence by March 1st, 2016. Stanford will remain director until Elser is at the Bio Station, and will continue faculty duties of research, writing and mentoring his graduate students until he retires on June 1, 2016, after 44 years at UM.
We at the Bio Station and UM are excited about this opportunity, as a leader in the field of freshwater ecology is succeeding a leader in the field of freshwater ecology.
For more information, you can read the entire UM press release or news coverage from the Missoulian, the Flathead Beacon or the Daily Interlake.