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College of Natural Resources

phone: (208) 885-6434

875 Perimeter Drive MS 1136
Moscow, ID 83844-1136
Christine Moffitt

Christine Moffitt

Office: CNR 104C
Phone: (208) 885-7047
Email: cmoffitt@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: c/o Department of Fish and Wildlife, University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1141
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1141

College of Natural Resources
Department of Fish & Wildlife
Assistant Unit Leader, Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 1981

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Aquatic biology
    • Effects of altered ecosystems on the aquatic populations within them
    • Studies of emerging diseases
    • Physiological stress
    • Understanding and quantifying the fate and risks of introduced and invasive species in ecosystems
    • Understanding the risks and benefits of fish culture and aquaculture in natural resources
    • Sustainable Aquaculture
    • Habitat Assessments
  • Biography

    I have been a practicing professional in aquatic and fisheries biology for several decades and enjoy working on research and with students. I have served on the graduate committees of more than 40 students enrolled at the University of Idaho. I enjoy the challenging research in fisheries science and the perspective of the ecosystem. I was born in Southern California and have always been interested and engaged in outdoor activities. My personal interest in aquatic biology was kindled when I was an undergraduate student in Northern California. I have been lucky to find good academic mentors throughout my career. Aside from my work, I enjoy fishing, gardening, live music and drama.

  • Selected Publications
    • Anlauf, K. A., and C. M. Moffitt. 2010. Modelling of landscape variables at multiple extents to predict fine sediments and suitable habitat for Tubifex tubifex in a stream system. Freshwater Biology 55: 794–805.
    • Cassinelli, J. and C. M. Moffitt. 2010. Growth and physiology of selected desert and montane adapted populations of redband trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss gairdneri). Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 139:339–352.
    • Bruce, R. L., and C. M. Moffitt. 2010. Quantifying risks of volitional consumption of New Zealand mudsnails by steelhead and rainbow trout. Aquaculture Research 41:552-558
    • Haro, A. J., K. L. Smith, R. A. Rulifson, C.M. Moffitt, R. J. Klauda, M. J. Dadswell, R. A. Cunjak, J. E. Cooper, K. L. Beal, and T. S. Avery, editors. 2009. Challenges for diadromous fishes in a dynamic environment. Symposium 66. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda. MD.
    • Bruce, R. L., C. M. Moffitt, and B. Dennis. 2008. Survival and passage of ingested New Zealand mudsnails through the intestinal tract of rainbow trout. Submitted to North American Journal of Aquaculture.
    • Colvin, M. E., and C. M. Moffitt. 2008. Evaluation of irrigation canal networks to assess stream connectivity in a watershed. River Research and Applications.
    • Cajas Cano, L., and C. M. Moffitt. 2008. Comparing Footprints of Trout and Beef Production. World Aquaculture 39 (3): 10-13; 70-72.
    * See CV for full list of publications, awards and projects.

  • Outreach Projects
    • Mentor, Water footprints and sustainability. Water of the West REU student intern, Anthony Lopez. 2008.
    • Hoist Student mentor research on invasive species, Kristine Atto. June – July 2008.
    • Control of New Zealand Mudsnails in Hatcheries. 1.5 d workshop, Hagerman Fish Culture Experiment Station, and Hagerman National Fish Hatchery, 13-14 May 2008. 
    • Summer Intern mentor. Research Experience for Undergraduates, National Science Foundation. One undergraduate intern, Kala Hamilton. 2007.
    • Control of NZMS in Hatcheries. Workshop for Interested Partners. Sponsored by USFWS, and U of Idaho Coop Research Unit. 4-5 May 2006. 
    • AFS Enhancement of Value Retreat, 8 September, Lake Placid. American Fisheries Society Governing Board Retreat Leader. 2006.
  • Awards and Honors
    • American Fisheries Society's Emmeline Moore Prize for career achievement in the promotion of demographic diversity, September 2010. 
    • US Geological Survey Headquarters Diversity Award, October 2009.
    • Idaho Chapter American Fisheries Society, Outstanding Mentor Award, 2008-09.
    • College of Natural Resources, Outstanding Advisor. 2008.
    • University of Idaho, Candidate for U of Idaho Supervisor of the Year – Human Resources.
    • University of Idaho Alumni Award for Excellence as Mentor for Outstanding Graduate Student John Cassinell, 2007.
    • USGS, Star Award, For maintaining active research and outreach programs, 2006.