Research at U of I often takes place outside of the lab with experiments occurring across all of Idaho and even beyond the state’s borders. Check out the research of our students who have strapped on their boots and packed up their tools to investigate everything from the population of the local population of pygmy rabbits to local botany in Idaho's Selkirk Mountains. Watch our students delve into studies of antelope diets in Mozambique and teach evolution on the Galápagos Islands. While in the field, the students tackle problems such as archaeological excavations of Coeur d’Alene’s Fort Sherman and questions like what drives the evolution of new species.
2022 Vandal Explorers
Hoot in the Night
By catching owls at night, senior Annie Vaage is learning how the birds use their Arizona desert habitat — where the climate is changing.
How do we pinpoint the age of a cabin built before the city built around it? Matt Franz uses tree-ring science or dendrochronology. University of Idaho’s Grant Harley and his students traveled to Chewelah, Washington, to age the Colville Indian Agency Cabin and answer questions for the local historical society.
Does Yellowstone’s volcanic activity shape nearby mountains and valleys? Chloë Weeks' research took her to untouched places throughout Montana’s Gallatin Valley and Yellowstone National Park to study the region’s geology.
How can Idaho farmers prevent diseases in their fields? Master’s student Lara Brown is working on that under the mentorship of James Woodhall. Their research aims to detect disease before symptoms appear — helping growers protect their crops.
How do you “listen” to water under a glacier? Chris Miele used seismic tools to understand water flow under Alaska’s Turner Glacier, which may provide insights on how climate change will influence the world’s glaciers.
Kevin Cerna and Erika Rader investigate the environmental conditions surrounding past volcanic eruptions by studying crystal formation in the Pacific Northwest. Information from Earth's lava fields shows us how similar events could have formed Mars.
Matt Rafferty, Ryan Long and Hallie Walker are investigating how diets vary within a species — and perhaps how we get new species. They worked with three species of spiral-horned antelope in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.
Architecture students traveled to Togo to create a conceptual design for a sustainable girls’ school. The Vandal students partnered with S H E | Style Her Empowered, a non-profit founded by a U of I alumna to create education and employment opportunities for women.