Lisette Waits Named Head of UI Fish and Wildlife Sciences

Wednesday, June 25 2014

MOSCOW, Idaho – June 18, 2014 –Lisette Waits, professor of wildlife sciences at the University of Idaho, is the newly named head of the Fish and Wildlife Sciences Department in the College of Natural Resources at the retirement of Kerry Reese, professor of wildlife sciences.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to serve as the new department head of Fish and Wildlife Sciences,” Waits said. “We have a long-standing tradition of providing excellent student training and conducting research that has important implications for conservation and management of fish and wildlife populations.”

Waits has been with University of Idaho since 1997 and is recognized internationally for her work in conservation genetics. Her research spans four continents and includes Bengal tigers in Nepal, jaguars in Belize, bears in Ecuador and Italy as well as kit foxes in Utah and pygmy rabbits in Washington.

Her work with bats in a biological corridor in Costa Rica is part of an interdisciplinary study in conjunction with the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center, or CATIE. Funded by a National Science Foundation, the program allows for graduate students to duel-enroll and the two universities to extensively collaborate. 

Waits has received numerous awards at the University of Idaho including the Donald Crawford Graduate Mentoring Award, Excellence in Interdisciplinary Research Team Award), and Mid-Career Excellence Award.

“Lisette Waits is well-qualified to be head of the department,” said Reese. “I am sure that she will be outstanding leader during the next few years.”

Reese’s 30 year career at the UI has included ten years serving as the department head of Fish and Wildlife Sciences and widespread recognition for his expertise and work with sage grouse and sage grouse habitat.

His recent honors include the 2012 Arthur S. Einarsen Award from the Northwest Section of The Wildlife Society for Outstanding Service to the Wildlife Profession, the Hamerstrom Award from the Prairie Grouse Technical Council for exemplary contributions to prairie grouse conservation, and Outstanding Teacher Award, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho.



Jodi Walker
Communication and Marketing
College of Natural Resources

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