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Moscow

Department of
Fish & Wildlife
fish_wildlife@uidaho.edu

College of Natural Resources

phone: (208) 885-6434

875 Perimeter Drive MS 1136
Moscow, ID 83844-1136

Fish and Wildlife Graduate Student Research

Grad Students
Research
Major Professor
Abelleira, Oscar
Ph.D. IGERT

Ecohydrology—the effect of teak plantations on watershed hydrology and opportunities for the provisioning of ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes

Dr. Alex Fremier
Barenberg, Amber
M.S. Fishery Science

Aquatic invasive invertebrate control strategies

Dr. Christine Moffitt
Beard, Zachary
M.S. Fishery
Science
My research will focus on identifying the habitat preferences, species associations and movement of juvenile burbot that are being stocked into Deep Creek, a major tributary of the Kootenai River near Bonner's Ferry, Idaho
Dr. Michael    Quist
Becker, Heidi
M.S. Wildlife Sciences
 Habitat selection and diet of small mammals on a wet prairie ecosystem
Dr. Kerri Vierling
Blodgett, David
M.S. Wildlife Science

Sage-grouse reintroduction into the Yakima Indian Reservation

Dr. Kerry Reese
Braker, Elizabeth
M.S./P.S.M.
Env. Sci.
Graduate Student Mentor in CNR's Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program and studying ecohydrological science and management in the Professional Science Master's Program
Dr. Christine Moffitt
Branigan, Philip
M.S. Fishery Science
My research investigates the microhabitat use of the fishes of the Kootenai River.  Particularly, I am researching how habitat complexity; i.e., cover types, water velocities, depths, substrate types, influences the habitat usage of each species.
Dr. Michael Quist
Burnet, Sarah
M.S. Fishery   Science
Determining the contribution of internal loading to total and dissolved phosphorus concentrations in Willow Creek Reservoir in relation to cyanobacteria blooms
Dr. Frank Wilhelm
Caisman, Jeffery
M.S. Fishery Science
Drivers influencing outmigration of juvenile steelhead in Lapwai Creek, Idaho
Dr. Brian Kennedy
Cajas de Gliniewicz, Lubia
Ph.D. Env. Sci.

Aspects of sustainable fish culture development to reduce the negative environmental footprints.

Dr. Christine Moffitt
Kate Cleary
Ph.D. IGERT

Bat/plant interactions in the San Juan/La Selva biological corridor of Costa Rica

Dr. Lisette Waits
Mary Coyle
M.S. Fishery Sciences
 Determining management strategies for nuisance blooms of Didymosphenia geminata in the Kootenai River through flume studies
Dr. Frank Wilhelm
Stephanie DeMay
Ph.D. Env. Sci.

Non-invasive genetic monitoring of pygmy rabbits

Dr. Lisette Waits and
Dr. Janet Rachlow
Dekker, Chris
M.S. Env. Sci.

Snapping turtle ecology and statewide survey in North Dakota

Dr. Dennis Scarnecchia
Dillon, Kristen
Ph.D. Wildlife Science
Ecological causes of elevational variation in avian life history traits; avian habitat selection
Dr. Courtney Conway
Dobos, Marika
M.S. Fishery Sciences
Movement patterns and habitat availability of westslope cutthroat trout on the South Fork Clearwater River
Dr. Michael Quist
Gillette, Gifford
Ph.D. Wildlife Science

Columbian sharp-tailed grouse ecology

Dr. Kerry Reese
Goldberg, Amanda
Ph.D. Wildlife Science
Effectiveness of forest restoration treatments on demography of the northern Idaho ground squirrel Dr. Courtney Conway
Gotsch, David
M.S. Wildlife Science
The influence of spring cattle grazing on sage-grouse population demographics and habitat characteristics  Dr. Courtney Conway
Grassel, Shaun
Ph.D. Wildlife Science

Factors that influence territoriality, productivity, and survival of black-footed ferrets in South Dakota

Dr. Janet Rachlow
Hegg, Jensen
Ph.D. Water Resources

Investigating recent changes in the migration timing and life history strategy of juvenile Snake River Fall Chinook using otolith microchemistry

Dr. Brian Kennedy
Hill, Matthew
M.S. Fishery Science

I am studying the life history and inducible defenses of the Alkali Tadpole Shrimp. I plan to elucidate the signals involved in their inducible defenses, as well as the costs the induction of these defenses incur. I also plan to gain information on the life history of the animal, so that predictions on its responses to climate change can be made.

Dr. Frank Wilhelm
Holbrook, Joseph
Ph.D. IGERT

Ecosystem engineers in the sagebrush-steppe:  understanding ecological networks and habitat associations. Main goals: 1) better understand the role of burrowing mammals, and 2) determine what habitat features positively or negatively influence these animals.

Dr. Janet Rachlow and
Dr. Kerri Vierling
Kirk, Mark
M.S. Fishery Science

Exploring the migration ecology and behavior of Pacific lamprey and the effects of Columbia River dams on their upstream migrations

Dr. Chris Caudill
Klein, Zach
M.S. Fishery Science
Population Ecology of Burbot in the Green River Drainage Dr. Michael Quist
LaCroix, Trea
M.S. Fishery Science
Limnology -- Assessment of factors contributing to cyanobacteria blooms in Fernan Lake, Idaho, primarily focusing on phosphorus loading
Dr. Frank Wilhelm
Leacock, William
Ph.D. Wildlife Science

Geographic structure of genetic patterns and habitat selection by the brown bears of Kamchatka, Russia

Dr. Lisette Waits
Lonsinger, Robert
Ph.D. Wildlife Science

Utilizing non-invasive genetic sampling within a mark-recapture framework to assess the population status of both kit foxes and coyotes

Dr. Lisette Waits
Lorenz, Teresa
Ph.D. Wildlife Science
Space use and nest site selection by white-headed woodpeckers Dr. Kerri Vierling
Lundblad, Carl
Ph.D. Wildlife Science
My primary interests lie at the intersection of life history evolution and biogeography.  Specifically, I am interested in the proximate causes and evolutionary basis of migratory behavior and the basis of geographical patterns in avian life history traits like clutch size.  My other interests include avian breeding biology, behavior, and conservation.
Dr. Courtney Conway
Martinez, Alejandra
Ph.D. Wildlife Science

The role of birds in ecosystem service provisioning in Costa Rica

Dr. Kerri Vierling
Mejia, Francine
Ph.D. Fishery Science

Understanding physical and biological processes interactions at different spatial and temporal scales as it relates to food productivity, fish growth and ultimately survival in the Methow River in the Upper Columbia River Basin, Washington

Dr. Alex Fremier
Mumma, Matthew
Ph.D. Wildlife Science

Monitoring the predators of Newfoundland caribou using non-invasive genetic techniques

Dr. Lisette Waits
Ng, Elizabeth
M.S. Fishery Science
Population dynamics and trophic ecology of non-native lake trout in Priest Lake, Idaho Dr. Michael Quist
Oldemeyer, Bryce
M.S. Fishery Science
Estimating salmonid smolt abundances throughout Idaho and the ecological factors that influence them.
Dr. Brian Kennedy
Ortega, Aline
Ph.D. Water Resources
The impacts of agriculture on tropical stream metabolism and organic matter dynamics. Dr. Alex Fremier
Prisciandaro, Anthony
Fishery Science

Deadwood Reservoir, Idaho: a model for interactions between operations and bull trout ecology

Dr. Dennis Scarnecchia
Sanfiorenzo, Andre
Ph.D. IGERT

Influences of forest fragmentation on the reproductive ecology of bat-pollinated and bat-dispersed mid canopy tree species in the Caribbean lowlands of Costa Rica

Dr. Lisette Waits
Severson, John
Ph.D. Wildlife Science

Response of sage-grouse to removal of encroaching junipers

Dr. Kerry Reese
Swearingen, Zachary
M.S. Wildlife Science

Investigating effects of management actions on bird species within the Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area

Dr. Courtney Conway
Swift, Charles
M.S. Env. Sci.
I am using spectral and LiDAR remote sensing to map Aspen stands in the Long Valley of central Idaho as well as using LiDAR-derived stand-level metrics to investigate woodpecker diversity in mapped stands.  Aspens are declining across large portions of western North America and are important drivers of biodiversity in mixed forest settings as are woodpeckers which provide cavities for a variety of avian and other secondary cavity users.
Dr. Kerri Vierling
Terrazas, Marc
M.S. Wildlife Science
 I will be looking at pathogens associated with raising burbot in artificial rearing environments.  We will be screening burbot for many bacterial and viral pathogens and then challenging fish to see what sort of problems each causes, hoping to get a better understanding of how to avoid such instances in culture settings.
Dr. Ken Cain
Viteri, Paulina
Ph.D. Wildlife Science

Conservation of protected areas combining biological and social sciences, focused on tropical highland ecosystems with Andean bear presence

Dr. Lisette Waits
Wilson, Charlotte
Ph.D. Wildlife Science
Modeling trade-offs and synergies in resource selection that influence habitat use by a specialist (pygmy rabbit) and generalist (mountain cottontail) herbivore
Dr. Janet Rachlow
Woodruff, Susannah
Ph.D. Wildlife Science
Non-invasive genetic sampling and capture-recapture of Sonoran Pronghorn to obtain estimates of key population parameters and hopefully develop a protocol for long-term monitoring in the future. Dr. Lisette Waits
Zuckerman, Adrianne
M.S. Water Resources
I am researching the role of riparian vegetation interactions on stream metabolism, nutrient cycling, and salmonid recovery success at reach and basin scales.  My study area is the Upper Columbia River Basin, The Methow River Watershed. Dr. Alex Fremier