UM Hires New Director of Wildlife Biology Program

July 15, 2015

Chad Bishop

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s Wildlife Biology Program has named Chad Bishop as its new director. Bishop, who previously served as assistant director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, takes over from interim director Winsor Lowe on Aug. 1.

“It is an honor to serve the UM community as the next director of the Wildlife Biology Program,” Bishop said. “The Wildlife Biology Program is among the best in the nation, which is a reflection of the exceptional people who comprise the program – both past and present. I look forward to working with these individuals to lead the program into the future.”

Bishop has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Montana State University, a master’s degree in wildlife resources from the University of Idaho and a doctorate in wildlife biology from Colorado State University. At Colorado Parks and Wildlife, he oversaw statewide terrestrial and aquatic biology programs, as well as the acquisition and management of land and water assets. Before serving as assistant director, he worked as a mammals research leader and an ungulate research scientist with the agency.

A collaboration among faculty in the College of Forestry and Conservation, Division of Biological Sciences and the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, UM’s Wildlife Biology Program is one of the nation’s top-ranked and gives students an interdisciplinary approach to wildlife science and conservation. More information about the program is available online at

Contact: Leana Schelvan, director of communications, UM College of Forestry and Conservation,, 406-243-6693,