Brooke McBride

Collaborating Science Analyst


  • Ph.D., Forestry, 2011. - The University of Montana, College of Forestry, Missoula, MT. Dissertation: Essential elements of ecological literacy and the pathways to achieve it: perspectives of ecologists.
  • M.S., Biology, 2003. - Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA. Thesis: Does temperature limit the latitudinal distribution of symbiotic zooxanthellae within the sea anemone Anthopleura elegantissima? Experiments with Symbiodinium californium in culture.
  • Graduate Certificate in Environmental Education, 2000. - Teton Science School, Jackson Hole, WY.
  • B.S. Zoology & Certificate in Environmental Studies, 1999. - University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.


Brooke McBride recently earned a Ph.D. from the College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana and is currently in a post-doctoral research position there. She continues to collaborate with researchers at the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute and the Rocky Mountain Research Station.

During her Ph.D., Brooke became closely involved with the University's K-12 outreach program, ECOS: Ecologists, Educators, and Schools. As a fellow in the ECOS program, Brooke worked in partnerships with local teachers to design and implement inquiry-based ecology lessons, using their schoolyards as outdoor laboratories (No Child Left Indoors!). Her dissertation research focused on the Ecological Literacy Initiative, an effort to conceptually define and set educational standards for ecological literacy.

Prior to her Ph.D., Brooke conducted research in aquatic and soil microbial ecology and received an M.S. in Biology from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Brooke also completed a year-long professional residency in environmental education at Teton Science School in Jackson, WY.