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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

Wes Glisson

Wesley Glisson

Candy Ihm, Program Specialist

Candy Ihm Tel: (208) 885 - 6336

Candy 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. Candy joined the Unit in 2010.

David Johnson

David Johnson

David has Vo-Tech degrees in Natural Resource Technology and Civil Engineering; a BS in Biology w/ minor in Archaeology, and a MS in Wildlife Science. He has worked in wildlife, fisheries, and forestry positions for 36 years in Minnesota, Wyoming, Oregon, Washington, and Virginia. David grew up a farmboy in southern Minnesota. When 11 yrs old and camping along the river bottom, an Eastern Screech Owl landed on his canvas pup tent and called for 20 minutes - its shadow vibrating in the moonlight with each call. David began formal research and conservation work on owls in 1976. He leads the field work for the Univ of ID Burrowing Owl Migration in Western North America project. Separately, since 2002, he has led the Global Owl Project - a consortium of 450 folks working on the science and conservation of owls in 65 countries.

Students and Post Docs

Amber Barenberg

Amber Barenberg

I am an Idaho native and have lived here all my life. After graduating high school in Middleton I pursued a college degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Spanish at the University of Idaho. My junior year in college I studied abroad in Costa Rica for 1 year studying tropical marine biology. After graduating college in 2010 I worked for Idaho Department of Fish and Game first in Nampa Idaho and then later transferred to Lewiston Idaho. I returned to University of Idaho in January of 2012 to pursue a M.S. in fisheries resources working with invasive species under the mentoring of Dr. Christine Moffitt.

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.

Elizabeth Braker

Elizabeth Braker Tel: (208) 885 - 7139

I consider Lewiston, Idaho to be my hometown & I'm a 2005 U.S. Coast Guard Academy Graduate, receiving a B. S. in Marine & Environmental Science and accepting a commission in the U.S. Coast Guard. After serving two years onboard a CG cutter & three years at an office assignment, I took a sabbatical and joined the Peace Corps. I served two years as an Environmental Education & Community Outreach Volunteer in Mexico. My experience in Mexico inspired me to continue my education and expand my knowledge of environmental science and environmental issues. As a student in the Professional Science Master's Program in Ecohydrological Science and Management, I hope to prepare for a career in the cultural issues of conservation work in the international context. In addition to my studies, I'm engaged in the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program @ UI as the Graduate Student Mentor.

Philip Branigan

Philip Branigan

Growing up in the northwoods of Wisconsin, my fascination with the outdoors began at a very young age. I received a B.S. from the University of Wyoming in 2013, majoring in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and Management. I have worked several contracts for the states of Wyoming and Colorado where I assisted with native fish conservation, research, and management. My master’s research investigates the microhabitat usage of the fishes of the Kootenai River. In my free time, I enjoy fishing, performing and writing music, snowboarding, and watching the Green Bay Packers.

Lubia Cajas Cano <br />

Lubia Cajas de Gliniewicz

I am a PhD candidate in the Environmental Science Program at the University of Idaho. After earning my BS degree in 2002 in aquaculture from San Carlos University in Guatemala I came to the University of Idaho to start my Master’s degree program as a Fulbright scholar. My primary areas of interest are environmental and natural resources sustainability, entrepreneurship activities focused on environmental and social responsibility, and community development. My dissertation is focused on tools to evaluate socio-economic and environmental sustainability in animal production systems. Since 2009 I have worked with UI International Programs delivering training programs for international students and community leaders in social and environmental entrepreneurship, teamwork and leadership, watershed restoration, community development, and US culture as a part of the Central American Youth Ambassador Program (CAYA) and the Scholarships for Educational and Economic Development (SEED) in collaboration with Georgetown University and the US Department of State.

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.

Marika Dobos

Marika Dobos

A native to Oregon, I received my B.S. in Biology at Eastern Oregon University in 2007. Prior to starting my M.S. in fishery science at the University of Idaho, I spent several years working with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife researching anadromous fish species across Oregon. My current research investigates movement patterns, habitat use, and distribution of westslope cutthroat trout in the South Fork Clearwater River basin. Outside of work and school, I spend time fishing, hunting, backpacking, and any activity that allows me to explore outdoors. In the winter, I enjoy instructing students to ski and snowboard.

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.

Zach Klein

Zach Klein Tel: (303) 249 - 4190

I graduated from Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL in 2008. After graduating, I moved to the west to work for Idaho Fish and Game and Alaskan Observers Inc. until present. I am currently pursuing a Master's degree at the University of Idaho.

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.

Redband trout in Upper Klamath Lake, OR

Elizabeth Ng

I received a BA in Biology from Pomona College in 2010. Since graduating I have worked for the New Jersey Audubon Society, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and most recently, the US Geological Survey. At USGS I conducted field studies investigating juvenile habitat use and recruitment of two species of endangered suckers in Klamath Falls, OR. My master's research includes a study of population dynamics and trophic ecology of non-native lake trout in Priest Lake, ID.

Zach Swearingen

Zach Swearingen

I earned a B.S. in Biology from Boise State University. I am currently working for the Idaho Fish and Game in addition to pursuing a M.S. at University of Idaho.

 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 9

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 21

Scientific Publications: 83

Presentations: 276

 

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