Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center


The Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK) is part of the Northwest Region of the USGS. Scientists from the Center work in the northern Rocky Mountains of the United States and across the U.S. Many of our scientists work throughout the world on issues as diverse as global climate change, aquatic ecology, wildlife diseases, bison ecology, and large carnivores.

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The mission of the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center is to produce and disseminate scientific information needed to manage and restore the ecosystems and associated plant and animal communities of the Northern Rockies. The Center will generate and communicate scientific information needed to address issues of critical importance to natural resource managers of the region.

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NOROCK was formed in January 2000 by the U.S. Geological Survey to conduct integrated, interdisciplinary research in support of natural resource management in the Northern Rocky Mountains. NOROCK is one of 18 biological science and information technology centers within the USGS.

Acting Center Director, Claudia Regan

Welcome to the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK), one of the nation’s key laboratories to study the ecosystems and species of the Northern Rockies. Since 2000, NOROCK scientists have been addressing issues important to people and communities including wildlife and fish conservation, ecosystem change in response to climate and land uses, and threats from disease and invasive species.