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Federal Staff

Dr. Courtney Conway, Unit Leader of the Idaho Research Unit

Courtney Conway Unit Leader Website: http://www.cals.arizona.edu/research/azfwru/cjc/ Tel: (208) 885 - 6176

I received a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University, a M.S. in Zoology from the University of Wyoming, and a Ph.D. in Organismal Biology & Ecology from the University of Montana. I grew up in Cincinnati and spent many of my weekends camping, hiking, backpacking, and climbing in OH, KY, and WV. I was motivated to find a career where I could continue to do these activities as part of my job, while still contributing to science.

Christine Moffitt, Assistant Unit Leader

Christine Moffitt Assistant Unit Leader Tel: (208) 885 - 7047

Dr. Christine Moffitt received a BA in Biology from the University of California, MA in Biological Sciences from Smith College, and a PhD in Fisheries Biology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Michael Quist, Assistant Unit Leader

Michael Quist Assistant Unit Leader Website: http://webpages.uidaho.edu/quistlab/ Tel: (208) 885 - 4064

Mike received his BS in Fishery Resources from the University of Idaho, MS in Biology from Kansas State University, and a PhD in Biology from Kansas State University. Mike joined the Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in 2010, where he is an Assistant Unit Leader and Associate Professor in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources at the University of Idaho.

University Staff

Elyse Bean, Program Specialist

Elyse Bean Tel: (208) 885 - 6336

Elyse is the Program Specialist for the Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. She provides administrative support and budget management for research and cooperative agreements for federal and state contracts. Elyse joined the unit in 2015.

Jack Connelly

Lisa Cross

Kristen Dillon

Kristen Dillon

I am a native of New England, but have spent the last 13 years wandering the western US and tend to call the desert southwest my home. I'm an avian ecologist interested in conservation, life history evolution, and behavioral ecology.

Anthony Locatelli

Anthony Locatelli

I’m originally from Wisconsin and earned a BS in fisheries and wildlife from the University of Minnesota. I spent a few years working for various entities as a research assistant before I earned a MS in wildlife ecology from Texas A&M University. In my free time I enjoy backpacking, canoeing, birding, and hiking.

Masi Mejia

Maria Mejia

I am originally from Laredo, Texas. I completed a B.S. in Environmental Conservation of Natural Resources and wrapping up a M.S. in Wildlife, Aquatic, and Wildlands Science and Management from Texas Tech University.

Jill Wussow

Jill Wussow

I grew up in the Nashville, TN area and earned a BS in Environmental Studies from Brevard College. I've lived and worked all over and generally don't spend much time in one place. I'm primarily interested in behavioral ecology and conservation and have worked on a variety of projects with willow flycatchers, golden-cheeked warblers, black-capped, vireos, bats, sea turtles and shorebirds, etc.

Students and Post Docs

Zachary Beard

Zachary Beard

I’m originally from Madison, Wisconsin. I received my B. S. in fisheries science from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2014. While at UWSP I spent four years as an undergraduate research assistant in the Fisheries Analysis Center. I have also spent time as a fisheries technician for Hickey Brothers Reasearch LLC. in Yellowstone National Park. My research focuses on movement, distribution, habitat use and species associations of juvenile burbot in tributaries of the Kootenai River.

Shannon Blackburn

Shannon Blackburn

Originally from the dry side of Washington state, I earned my B.S. in Environmental Science from Western Washington University. Since completing my undergraduate degree, I have worked as a fish and wildlife technician throughout the western United States for various state, federal, and private agencies. My primary role has been assisting in research, monitoring, and implementing conservation projects concerning imperiled fish and amphibian species. Broadly, I am interested in native species conservation and applied freshwater fish ecology. My thesis research focuses on population dynamics and management of White Sturgeon in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River basin. In my free time, I enjoy crocheting and taking my family fishing, rock climbing, and backpacking.

Philip Branigan

Philip Branigan

I grew up in northern Wisconsin and ventured westward to earn a B.S. degree from the University of Wyoming. I have worked for the states of Wyoming and Colorado where much of my time was spent sampling native fishes for research and management purposes. My thesis work investigates the microhabitat use by fishes in the Kootenai River, Idaho, as it applies to a large-scale and on-going habitat rehabilitation program. In my free time, I enjoy fishing, performing choral music, and watching the Colorado Avalanche and Green Bay Packers.

Tucker Brauer

Tucker Brauer

A native to southern Idaho, I began working as a creel technician with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game while in high school. It was here that I decided to pursue a career in the fisheries field. I received my B.S. in Fisheries Resources form the University of Idaho as well as an A.S. in Aquaculture from the College of Southern Idaho. Throughout my educational career I have held various seasonal positions with IDFG as well as the Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Currently, I am pursuing my M.S. in Fishery Science here at the U of I. My thesis research investigates the seasonal movement, population dynamics and demographics of invasive burbot within the upper Green River of Wyoming. During my free time I enjoy fly-fishing, hunting, cooking and spending time with my lovely fiancé.

Stacey Feeken

Stacey Feeken

I am originally from Vancouver, Washington. In 2013 I received my B.S. in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences from the University of Washington. During my undergraduate career I interned for Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team in Seattle, WA and USGS Black Abalone Project on San Nicolas Island, CA. I have also spent time as a fisheries technician for Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Wyoming Game and Fish Department. My research focuses on the distribution and movement of wild and hatchery steelhead and angling effort in the Clearwater River.

Amanda Goldberg

Amanda Goldberg

I earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an M.S. from Kansas State University. In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer, hiking, canoeing, and photography.

David Gotsch

David Gotsch

I grew up in the Midwest and received a BS in Integrative Biology from the University of Illinois in 2010. Since graduating I have worked as a technician on a sharp-tailed grouse and a sage-grouse research project for the Idaho Dept of Fish & Game and the University of Idaho. My master’s research focuses on how spring cattle grazing influences sage-grouse population demographics, nesting behavior, and habitat characteristics. In my free time I enjoy hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, hunting and fishing.

Holly Goyert

Holly Goyert

I received a B.S. in Biopsychology and Environmental Studies at Tufts University in Boston, MA, and a Phd in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior at the City University of New York (CUNY). I am interested in how resources drive dynamic community interactions among marine birds, fish, and mammals. My research focuses on seabird foraging strategies, population trends, and exposure to offshore wind energy development, for the purpose of marine spatial planning.

Eamon Harrity

Eamon Harrity

I received a B.S in Environmental Sciences from the University of Vermont in 2011 and spent the following 4 years exploring the field of wildlife biology through seasonal research positions. My current research focuses on the dispersal behavior of juvenile Yuma Ridgway’s Rails (Rallus obsoletus yumanensis).

John Heckel

John Heckel

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, I grew up chasing trout in limestone spring creeks before moving to Louisville, KY for high school and college. In 2005, I received a B.A. in liberal studies from the University of Louisville, then a year later I moved west to guide fishing in Western Wyoming. After several volunteer opportunities with Wyoming Game and Fish, I chose to return to school and receive a B.S. in fisheries science from Oregon State University. While completing my degree, I worked 2 seasons as a fisheries technician for Wyoming Game and Fish, where we primarily focused on managing and monitoring native cutthroat trout subspecies. My thesis research focuses on life history characteristics, distribution, and habitat use of Westslope Cutthroat Trout in the St. Maries River basin using otolith microchemistry. My free time is spent fishing, doing snowsports, and enjoying the outdoors with my wife and dog.

Zach Klein

Zach Klein Tel: (303) 249 - 4190

I grew up in Colorado, but received a B.S. in Biology from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. After receiving my undergraduate degree, I returned to the West and worked for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG). I worked for IDFG for two years and then became a commercial fisheries observer stationed in Astoria, Oregon. Following my stint in Oregon, I earned a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho. I am currently a Ph.D. student in the laboratory of Dr. Mike Quist investigating trophic interactions between Mysis shrimp and kokanee. Additionally, my project seeks to understand effective sampling techniques for kokanee and evaluate potential performance differences between early- and late-run kokanee. When I am not in the field or office, I enjoy fishing, hunting, and spending time with my wife and our two dogs.

Deo Lachman

Deo Lachman

I grew up in Illinois, enjoy fishing and hiking and I am a veteran of the Marine Corps. I am interested in avian ecology and behavior, particularly in relation to conservation.

Carl Lundblad

Carl Lundblad

A native of New Mexico and Arizona, I've spent most of my life in the desert southwest exploring its wild lands as an enthusiastic traveler, hiker, birdwatcher, naturalist, and student of ecology.

Conor McClure

Conor McClure

A native to Missouri, I have lived in Idaho for 4 years now and claim it as home. I received my undergraduate degree in Ecology, Range, Wildlife, and Fisheries from BYU-Idaho. I have spent the last 3 summers working for IDF&G and have enjoyed every minute of it. I am currently working toward a master’s of science degree in Fisheries Resources. My research at the U of I focuses on the population dynamics and demographics of Smallmouth bass in the lower Snake River between Brownlee Reservoir and Swan Falls Dam. In my spare time I enjoy exploring the outdoors with my wife and little girl and am looking forward to a career in Fisheries Management.

Ian Riley

Ian Riley

I grew up in Washington State and in 2013 earned my B.S. in Environmental Science and Resource Management with a focus on wildlife biology at the University of Washington. After I graduated, I primarily worked as a field assistant on greater sage-grouse research projects with the University of Nevada-Reno and the University of Idaho. I enjoy watching birds, hiking, hunting, traveling, and listening to music.

Curtis Roth

Curtis Roth Tel: (304) 614 - 4471

Originally I am from West Virginia. I received a B. S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources at West Virginia University. During my time as an undergraduate I worked for the United States Forest Service conducting electrofishing surveys. Since graduating from West Virginia University I have worked several temporary positions with the Bureau of Land Management, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and Idaho Fish and Game.

 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 12

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 7

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 24

Scientific Publications: 90

Presentations: 242

 

Contact Us

Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Moscow, ID 83844-1141 Phone: (208) 885 - 6336 Fax: (208) 885 - 9080 Our University Web Site

Unit Leader

Courtney Conway
Dr. Courtney Conway, Unit Leader of the Idaho Research Unit

I received a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University, a M.S. in Zoology from the University of Wyoming, and a Ph.D. in Organismal Biology & Ecology from the University of Montana. I grew up in Cincinnati and spent many of my weekends camping, hiking, backpacking, and climbing in OH, KY, and WV. I was motivated to find a career where I could continue to do these activities as part of my job, while still contributing to science.

Links

  1. Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Idaho Department of Fish and Game
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Idaho
  5. Wildlife Management Institute