(105 Natural Science/Botany building at the University of Montana, Missoula)
The facility was started in 1963 by UM Professor Clancy Gordon who helped establish the UM Environmental Studies (EVST) program in 1970. In this lab, Dr. Gordon did his seminal work on fluoride pollution and its effects on cattle and vegetation in the Deer Lodge Valley. This and other work by Dr. Gordon shaped air pollution policy in Montana & the US. This Regentially-approved facility has been shared by EVST and Botany (later Division of Biological Sciences) ever since. The room (105 & 105 A of Botany) and its equipment have been remodeled and upgraded numerous times using both research funds and student building use fees because it is both a research and a teaching facility. It is the only teaching & research laboratory available to EVST. Many EVST graduate students used it during their thesis research, and undergraduate classes conducted environmental science research in the lab.
The Gordon Lab has welcomed many researchers over the years, including UM faculty & students from most campus science departments and local professionals who often collaborate with Gordon Lab researchers & students. Citizen scientists of every age have also been welcomed to the lab. Lab Coordinator, Vicki Watson, has always found space for anyone conducting environmental science research who needs the facilities in the Gordon Lab.
The UM Watershed Health Clinic is another of the many users of the Gordon Lab, and access to the Gordon Lab has been critical to the success of the Clinic.
Unfortunately, in 2007, UM administration relocated the Gordon Lab to a much smaller, less accessible room; drastically reducing its ability to provide its teaching, research and service missions.
The former Gordon Lab: