University of Idaho Administration Building

John Byers 2007

John Byers, professor of zoology, joined the University of Idaho in 1980. He received his doctorate from the University of Colorado in 1980. During his 27-year career at the University of Idaho, Byers built an internationally-recognized research program in animal behavior. He has published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals, ranging from “Child Development” to “The American Naturalist.” Byers' books have received national acclaim. His book “Built for Speed: A Year in the Life of Pronghorn” has been called “the best natural history I know” by Dr. P. A. Gowaty of the University of Georgia. Byers’ work on the social and reproductive behavior of pronghorns is among the best such long-term study of any population of large mammals. One of the remarkable aspects of his research is his diversity of approaches. He has conducted nearly two and a half decades of intensive field observations and pioneered capture methods suited to the unique aspects of pronghorn biology. These are classical approaches that still have much to offer modern biologists. At the same time, he incorporates emerging technologies into his research program. These include geographic information systems (GIS), paternity analysis with genetic data, and continual time radio tracking.