The Flathead Lake Biological Station (FLBS) is a Center of Excellence and administrative unit within the University of Montana system. We are an ecological research and education center located on Flathead Lake in the Rocky Mountains near Glacier National Park. For over 100 years, we have conducted college courses, graduate programs, and research focused on the Crown of the Continent ecosystem.

Students and researchers from around the world continue to come to FLBS to learn about ecology and limnology from experts in the field. We conduct year-round novel research to help people live in a healthy, sustainable environment and help policy-makers make informed decisions.

Our activities help Flathead Lake remain the jewel of Northwest Montana now and for future generations.


Our Mission

Our mission is to serve the Flathead Lake region, the state of Montana, the nation, and the world by advancing a cutting-edge research, monitoring, education and outreach platform for the limnology, ecology and environmental science at Flathead Lake. 

We meet this mission in three ways

- Advanced research in the ecology of lakes and rivers

- Sustained environmental monitoring of Flathead Lake and rivers and lakes in the surrounding watershed; and

- Education at all levels, emphasizing undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral training, as well as outreach to K-12 students and teachers, natural resource professionals, and all citizens interested in aquatic ecosystems.  

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