Three UM Faculty Members Listed Among ‘The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds’

July 18, 2014

MISSOULA“Who are some of the best and brightest scientific minds of our time?”

This is the first question in a recent publication by Thomson Reuters, titled “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.” Its authors go on to answer their own question by analyzing data to determine which researches have produced work that is most frequently acknowledged by peers.

Three University of Montana faculty members are lauded in the publication for publishing the greatest number of highly cited papers between 2002 and 2012. Highly cited papers rank in the top 1 percent by citations for their field and year of publication.

The publication lists 3,200 people of influence in the sciences and social sciences. According to the report, “They are people who are on the cutting edge of their fields. They are performing and publishing work that their peers recognize as vital to the advancement of their science.”

UM Regents Professor of Ecology Steven Running is listed in the Geosciences section and Associate Professor of Conservation Ecology Gordon Luikart and biology Professor Ragan Callaway are listed in the Environment/Ecology section. They are the only researchers from Montana on the list.

“The level of research being conducted at the University of Montana for our faculty size is astounding,” said Scott Whittenburg, UM vice president for research and creative scholarship. “Steve Running, Ray Callaway and Gordan Luikart are among our best and brightest, and I couldn’t be more proud that UM is represented so well in such a prestigious listing.”

“It is precisely this type of recognition, recognition by peers, in the form of citations, that makes their status meaningful,” the report reads.

The full report can be found online at


Contact: Scott Whittenburg, UM vice president for research and creative scholarship, 406-243-6670,