Whether they are involved in student groups such as the Ecology and Conservation Biology Club
or focused on their senior thesis project, our students are highly active in the classroom, in the lab and in the field.
For instance, former ecology and conservation biology student, Tatiana Gettleman worked with College of Natural Resources faculty member Kerri Vierling to study an important regional threatened species: Lewis’s woodpeckers.
Focusing on Endangered Species
Lewis’s woodpeckers are designated by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game as a species of greatest conservation need and are also a species of concern for other state and federal agencies. In a nutshell, Gettelman’s project identified better ways to conserve and manage the species, including: understanding nest site selection and factors affecting reproductive success.