Our Mission

Ecology students at McDonald Lake

Since 1899, students and researchers from around the world have come to the Flathead Lake Biological Station to learn firsthand about biology and limnology.  By 1977, year-round research was being conducted at the Morton J. Elrod Laboratory. You may read more about our history here.

The mission of the Flathead Lake Biological Station is:


  • To conduct basic and applied research in ecology, with emphasis on freshwater
  • To train graduate students for professional and teaching careers
  • To provide field ecology courses for college students, K-12 teachers, and natural resource professionals
  • To provide scientific data, interpretation and outreach to help resolve environmental problems and inform public policy locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally