2023 Clark Fork Science Forum

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2023 Clark Fork Science Forum

We welcome professionals involved with the Clark Fork River to presentations and discussions focused on the "State of Science"

When and where

Date and time


Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown, an IHG Hotel 200 South Pattee Street Missoula, MT 59802

Map and directions

How to get there

About this event

  • 1 day 5 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Join the first bi-annual Clark Fork Science Forum on April 20 - 21 hosted by the USGS, University of Montana; MT NSF EPSCoR CREWS project, and the Natural Resource Damage Program. Participants from federal, state, academic, non-profit, and industry professionals are invited to presentations and discussions that will focus on the "State of the Science" for the Clark Fork River related to:

  • Hydrology
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Aquatic Ecology

There are also opportunities available for student presentations, proposed research lightning talks, and a poster session.

Hotel Reservations

Holiday Inn Downtown

Government rate available at the Holiday Inn for both the 19th and 20th

Online Reservations

  • Booking Link: Clark Fork Science Forum
  • Set the dates of arrival beginning April 19th and/or 20th, 2023.
  • Group Name: Clark Fork Science Forum
  • Group Booking Code: CFS

Phone Reservations

  • Call the front desk 24/7: 406-721-8550
  • Use the Group Name: Clark Fork Science Forum
  • Group Booking Code: CFS


Thursday, April 20th
Friday, April 21st

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM


8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome and Introductions

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Keynote Speaker


9:45 AM - 10:00 AM


Coffee and refreshments available

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Hydrology Session 1

John LaFave, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology

Groundwater and Groundwater/Surface Water Interactions

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Hydrology Session 2


Surface Hydrology and Drought

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Hydrology Session 3

Karin Boyd, Applied Geomorphology


11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Hydrology Panel Discussion

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM


1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Biogeochemistry Session 1

Maury Valett, University of Montana

Nutrients and Algae

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Biogeochemistry Session 2

Travis Schmidt, USGS


2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Biogeochemistry Session 3

Trevor Selch, MT FWP

Organics and emerging contaminants of concern

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Biogeochemistry Panel Discussion

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM


Refreshments available

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Student Research Lightning Talks

Selected graduate students will present short presentations of their research on the Clark Fork River

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM


5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Poster Presentation

Poster presentation social sponsored by Clark Fork Coalition and Trout Unlimited