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Lisette Waits, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Resources and Department Head of Fish and Wildlife Sciences

CNR 103D


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Kim Stout

Administrative Assistant 2

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CNR 105


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Fishery Sciences

Kenneth Cain, Ph.D.

Professor of Aquaculture and Fish Health, Associate Director of the Aquaculture Research Institute

CNR 105D


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Christopher Caudill, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Fisheries

CNR 105C


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Brian Kennedy, Ph.D.

Professor of Fishery Biology and Ecology

IRIC 316


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Alan Kolok, Ph.D.

Professor and Director, Idaho Water Resources Research Institute

216 Morrill Hall


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Christine Moffitt, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita of Fishery Resources


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Michael Quist, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Fisheries Management and Assistant Leader, Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

CNR 102E


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Dennis Scarnecchia, Ph.D.

Professor of Fishery Resources

Phinney Hall 315


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Brian Small, Ph.D.

Professor of Fish Physiology, Director of the Hagerman Fish Culture Experiment Station

Hagerman Fish Culture Experiment Station

208-837-9096 ext. 1108

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Frank Wilhelm, Ph.D.

Professor of Limnology and Associate Director, Center for Research on Invasive Species

CNR 104D


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Wildlife Sciences

David Ausband, Ph.D.

Assistant Unit Leader, Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

CNR 102E


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Jocelyn Aycrigg, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor

414 Phinney Hall


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Courtney Conway, Ph.D.

Professor of Wildlife Sciences, and Director of the Idaho Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit

CNR 103E


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Brian Dennis, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Wildlife Resources and Statistical Science

Phinney Hall 316


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Sophie Gilbert, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management

CNR 104D


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Tracey N. Johnson, Ph.D.

Director of Research, Rinker Rock Creek Ranch Assistant Professor, Department of Fish & Wildlife Sciences

Idaho Water Center 242F


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Ryan Long, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Wildlife Sciences

CNR 103C


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Janet Rachlow, Ph.D.

Professor of Wildlife Ecology

CNR 105B


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Kerri Vierling, Ph.D.

Director of CNR Graduate Studies, Professor of Wildlife Resources


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Postdoctoral Researchers and Research Staff

Jen R. Adams Ph.D.

Research Support Scientist

Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences

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Soraia Barbosa Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

CNR 103A


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Seunghan Lee Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hagerman Fish Culture Experiment Station, #1112


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Bryan Stevens, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

CNR 104b

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Dana Weigel Sheedy, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

CNR 106A


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Graduate Students


Shannon Blackburn
M.S. Student (Fishery Sciences)

I am originally from Richland, Washington. In 2008, I received my B.S. in Environmental Science from Western Washington University. As an undergraduate, I interned with the Ecology group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA. Since obtaining my undergraduate degree, I have been employed as a fish and wildlife technician with Tacoma Power, Oregon State University, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and with the National Park Service at Yosemite and Grand Canyon National Parks. My research at the University of Idaho focuses on the population dynamics and management of White Sturgeon in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Systems.



Jake Bledsoe
Ph.D. Student (Fishery Sciences)

Jake received his B.S. in aquatic biology from Purdue University, a M.S. in Animal Science from Southern Illinois University, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Brian Small’s fish physiology lab. Jakes’ research is primarily focused on understanding the physiological role of the microorganisms that inhabit the intestinal tract (gut microbiota) of various aquacultured fish species and how those gut microbiota may affect nutrient digestion and immunity, but his interests also include general fish physiology, endocrinology, and genetics.



Sarah Burnet
Ph.D. Student (Fishery Sciences)

Sarah Burnet is pursuing her Ph.D. in Fish and Wildlife Sciences, where she also completed a M.S. in the spring of 2016, both advised by Dr. Frank Wilhelm. She received a B.S. from Western Washington University in Environmental Science with a minor in chemistry in 2009. Her Ph.D. research is focused on internal loading of phosphorus to reservoirs. Specifically, she is interested in understanding the relationships between sediment type, particle size, the availability of iron, and dissolved oxygen in the release of P. This builds on her M.S. research which focused on measuring the seasonal internal phosphorus load as part of a mass balance for Willow Creek Reservoir in Oregon. She currently serves as the Student Director for the North American Lake Management Society and as Chair of Student Programs. Sarah’s previous work experience includes sampling and analysis on all five Great Lakes with Cornell University as well as collecting data and samples following the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil spill.



Matthew Dunkle
Ph.D. Student (Fishery Sciences)

I am a Ph.D. student at the University of Idaho in Moscow with Dr. Chris Caudill, where I use a variety of tools to explore resource waves, mobile consumers, and meta-food web dynamics in streams. My dissertation research, in collaboration with Dr. Ryan Bellmore (USFS-Pacific NW Research Station), evaluates how the loss of glacial influence in stream networks affects linked food webs, mobile consumers, and resource phenology. I am also a part of an NSF-IGERT Fellowship Program which uses interdisciplinary approaches to study water in a rapidly changing world.



Stephanie Estell
M.S. Student (Fishery Sciences)

Stephanie Estell earned a bachelors degree in her home state of Ohio at Ohio Northern University, majoring in Environmental and Field Biology and minoring in Communications. As an undergraduate, she co-authored a published manuscript and participated in an NSF REU. She is currently a masters student in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences supervised by Dr. Frank Wilhelm. Her interests focus on freshwater ecosystems, particularly aquatic macroinvertebrates. For her thesis, she is examining the life history of a lentic caddisfly in Lake Coeur d’Alene. Given the caddisfly is herbivorous on invasive Eurasian milfoil, she is interested to examine its potential as a biocontrol of the macrophyte. She has presented research at two Society for Freshwater Science conferences (2015, 2016) and the 2017 Ecological Society of America conference.



Stacey Feeken
M.S. Student (Fishery Sciences)

I am originally from Vancouver, Washington. In 2013, I received my B.S. in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences from the University of Washington. During my undergraduate career, I interned with the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team in Seattle, WA, and U.S. Geological Survey Black Abalone Project on San Nicolas Island, CA. I have also spent time as a fisheries technician with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Currently, my research at the University of Idaho focuses on the distribution and movement of wild and hatchery steelhead and angling effort in the Clearwater River.



Eamon Harrity
M.S. Student (Wildlife Sciences)

After receiving my bachelor of science degree from the University of Vermont in 2011, I spent a number of years in seasonal avian research positions. I worked with song birds in Vermont, Laysan albatross on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, black-capped vireos in Texas, and clapper rails in Mississippi, to name a few. I enjoyed every minute of those wandering years and garnered many valuable experiences. In 2014, I took a brief hiatus from avian research to work as a trip leader for Backroads, an active travel company, in Europe and Central America. The 2 years with Backroads expanded my horizons, challenged me in unexpected ways, and confirmed my desire to pursue a career in avian research and conservation. I found myself regularly missing the world of avian research and applied to the University of Idaho in 2016. I now work with Dr. Courtney Conway to research the juvenile dispersal of Yuma Ridgway’s rails in the Southwestern USA.



John W. Heckel
M.S. Student (Fishery Sciences)

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, I grew up chasing trout in limestone spring creeks before moving to Louisville, KY for high school and college. In 2005, I received a B.A. in liberal studies from the University of Louisville, then a year later I moved west to guide fishing in western Wyoming. After several volunteer opportunities with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, I chose to return to school and receive a B.S. in fisheries science from Oregon State University. While completing my degree, I worked two seasons as a fisheries technician for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, where we primarily focused on managing and monitoring native cutthroat trout subspecies. My free time is spent fishing, doing snowsports, and enjoying the outdoors with my wife and dog.

My interests are generally focused in applied fisheries management and research. I am particularly interested in the drivers associated with migratory life history strategies of Cutthroat Trout subspecies. My thesis research focuses on life history characteristics, distribution, and habitat use of Westslope Cutthroat Trout in the St. Maries River basin, ID. I will be using otolith microchemistry to describe the isotopic landscape of the Coeur d’Alene Lake basin and determine the natal origins of Westslope Cutthroat Trout in the St. Maries River basin. The goal of my thesis research is to provide a foundational understanding of Westslope Cutthroat Trout distributions and habitat characteristics in the St. Maries River basin.



Michelle Keyes
M.S. Student (Wildlife Sciences)

Michelle Keyes graduated from the University of Idaho in 2015 with her bachelors degree in Biochemistry. Upon graduation she began working in the College of Natural Resources here at the University of Idaho as a Wildlife Genetic Technician and was then promoted to Research Aide. She is currently interested in learning different genetic methods and enjoys working on a variety of research and contract projects.



Zach Klein
Ph.D. Student (Fishery Sciences)

I grew up in Boulder, Colorado and found my way to Idaho after receiving a B.S. in Biology from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. After graduating college in 2007, I was a fisheries technician for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, a commercial fisheries observer in the Northern Pacific ground fishery, and obtained a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho. My current research focuses on addressing knowledge gaps associated with the management and ecology of kokanee. Specifically, I am evaluating the population dynamics of kokanee in Idaho while also assessing the size-selectivity of mid-water trawls. In addition, I am evaluating trophic interactions between Mysis shrimp and kokanee, and the potential role these interactions have on the recruitment dynamics of kokanee in Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho.



Carl Lundblad
Ph.D. Student (Wildlife Sciences)

Carl grew up in New Mexico and Arizona and received his B.S. in Biology from the University of New Mexico. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, Carl gained a wide range of professional experience in biological surveys, natural resource management, conservation, and ecological restoration, including for three years with The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico and three years working at Ash Meadows NWR in southern Nevada. Carl then earned his M.S. in Wildlife Science from the University of Arizona, studying altitudinal migration of Yellow-eyed Juncos in the sky islands of southeastern Arizona and why different juncos in the population make different migratory decisions. Carl’s research and professional interests include behavioral ecology, migration dynamics, evolution of migratory behavior, life history evolution, and conservation biology. His dissertation research focuses on the reproductive ecology, thermal ecology, and life history strategies of Burrowing Owls and understanding the mechanisms by which Burrowing Owls might be affected by (and adapt to) climate change. Carl is an outdoors enthusiast and naturalist who prefers to be traveling, hiking, and birdwatching whenever he is not working or sleeping.



Neil Paprocki
Ph.D. Student (Wildlife Sciences)

Neil received a B.S. in Animal Behavior from Bucknell University (2007), a M.S. in Raptor Biology from Boise State University (2013), and is currently a Ph.D. student in Dr. Courtney Conway’s lab. Neil’s Ph.D. research will focus on the causes of differential migration in birds using movement data collected from Rough-legged Hawks. Neil came to the University of Idaho after four years of raptor research and conservation work for the non-profit HawkWatch International. His other passions include birding, hiking, photography, videography and all things outdoors.



Jordan Rabon
M.S. Student (Wildlife Sciences)

I am investigating demographic responses to habitat change among greater sage-grouse in the Owyhee County, ID for my Master's degree. The study is a collaboration with the University of Idaho, Idaho Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Geological Survey in Reno, NV. Conclusions from the research are aimed to aide management decisions geared towards sage-grouse conservation.



Kenny Randall
M.S. Student (Wildlife Sciences)

Kenny graduated from the University of Idaho in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in Fishery Resources. During his undergraduate degree, he worked as a rangeland technician for the University of Idaho and as a wildlife biologist student trainee for the Bureau of Land Management. His seasonal work centered on rangelands, grazing, and greater sage-grouse habitat monitoring. This work sparked his interest in the interactions between livestock grazing activities and sage-grouse. His project will evaluate how changes in intensity, timing, and duration of grazing influence plant and sage-grouse preferred forb communities, the hydrologic function of soils, and growth of yearling cattle.



Curtis Roth
M.S. Student (Fishery Sciences)

I am originally from West Virginia and received a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources at West Virginia University. During my time as an undergraduate, I worked for the U.S. Forest Service conducting electrofishing surveys. Since graduating from West Virginia University, I have worked several temporary positions with the Bureau of Land Management, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Idaho Department of Fish and Game. My research interests focus on addressing fisheries management concerns. I am particularly interested in working with salmonids and the cold-water systems they inhabit. Currently, I am conducting research on the effects of air exposure associated with catch-and-release angling on Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout.



Lindsey Rush
M.S. Student (Wildlife Sciences)

The University of Idaho was my home from 2011-2015, where I had great opportunities like working in an evolutionary biology lab with Dr. Paul Hohenlohe, helping one of Janet's earlier graduate students with her field work on pygmy rabbits, and also being a resident assistant (RA) for 3 years. After receiving my bachelor's degree in Biology, I went on to manage public land and wildlife habitat with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as a biological technician for two seasons.

Between seasons, I taught science at the high school and middle school levels.  In 2016, I volunteered on two projects studying mandrills and sea turtles on a tiny island off the west coast of Africa for 5 months.  Shortly after that, I was offered a Pathways position back with the BLM in Idaho. Now converted out of the Pathways program, I'm a wildlife biologist with the BLM in Burley, Idaho, where coincidentally enough, I study pygmy rabbit populations.

My M.S. project focuses on the conservation of a sagebrush-obligate species, the pygmy rabbit, with two goals in mind; the first is to use species distribution modeling for creating regional maps of suitable habitat and predicted species presence across southern Idaho. The second is to advance understanding about how soil characteristics influence distribution of pygmy rabbits and how we might map soil properties for burrowing animals.



Ian Smith
M.S. Student (Wildlife Sciences)

Growing up in Western Colorado, I spent most of my free time in any forests, canyons, and wild expanses I could find looking for critters to observe and adventures to be had. Soon I was balancing a suite of outdoor activities including skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, whitewater sports, mountaineering, and anything else I had time for. During all of these pursuits, I was sure to stop and enjoy the amazing places I found myself in and learn something new from the natural world. In 2014, I graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. I spent the next three years moving from place to place working for various natural resource managers and gaining experience in a diversity of wildlife conservation practices. These experiences included working with endangered rails at a captive breeding facility, examining and measuring anadromous fish, exploring Southern Utah’s forests for Goshawk nests, setting camera traps for wolverines in the high country of Eastern Idaho, and much more.

My M.S. degree focuses on evaluating the umbrella species concept pertaining to Greater Sage-grouse conservation as a potential for protecting another species of conservation concern, the pygmy rabbit. My work, with help from many areas, will create long awaited pygmy rabbit distribution models at relevant scales for management and conservation of these sagebrush obligates. Evaluating the overlap of rabbit and grouse distributions is an exciting opportunity that will contribute greatly to landscape level conservation and management of the west’s famed and revered sagebrush-steppe!



Reena (Hallie) Walker
Ph.D. Student (Wildlife Sciences)

I joined Dr. Ryan Long's lab after graduating from Brown University in 2017. My current research investigates how the physiological constraints of body size interact with the spatial patterning of resources, competition, and risk to shape the behavior of large African ungulates in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.



Aaron Young
Ph.D. Student (Wildlife Sciences)

Aaron graduated from Western Michigan University with B.S. degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies. Following undergrad, he worked various field research positions around the country, primarily examining the effects of management and human altered ecosystems on songbird populations. For his Master’s work at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, he examined post-fledging survival, habitat selection, and seasonal fecundity of Henslow’s Sparrow in southwest Missouri. Aaron is interested in applying current statistical and modeling approaches to understand how management of imperiled or multi-use ecosystems affects populations at multiple levels. He also really likes sparrows. For his Ph.D. research, Aaron is studying the bird and small mammal community response to juniper management in a southwest Idaho sagebrush ecosystem. He will investigate changes in abundance and community composition with juniper removal at multiple scales, as well as the underlying mechanisms driving any changes at the site level through altered habitat quality or species interactions.

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Mailing Address:
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