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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.

Wes Glisson

Wesley Glisson

I received a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Northern Illinois University and a M.S. in Plant Biology and Conservation from Northwestern University. Before moving to Idaho, I lived primarily in the Midwest, where my work focused broadly on wildlife conservation, community ecology, and ecological restoration. My current research focuses on understanding the influence of wetland features and anthropogenic threats on the distribution of marsh birds across the U.S.

Rhianna Hohbein

Rhianna Hohbein

I grew up in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho and received a B.S. in Ecology and Conservation Biology from the University of Idaho in 2013. I am interested in wildlife conservation and social dimensions of conservation issues, both at home here in Idaho as well as abroad. I’ve worked on a broad range of projects, from monitoring Sage Grouse in southern Idaho to studying the effects of extinction of African megafauna in central Kenya. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, practicing yoga, rock climbing, and photography.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. I am the Graduate Student Mentor for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Idaho.

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: 6

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 8

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 23

Scientific Publications: 92

Presentations: 231

 

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