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Idaho Research Activities

Steven Whitlock

Unit personnel maintain close working and professional relationships with University, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel. Research is primarily focused on management questions in Idaho, but other research is conducted throughout North America. Unit research is supported by State contributions and by contracts from the Idaho Department of Fish & Game, U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bonneville Power Administration, Northwest Power Planning Council, and other federal, state, tribal, and private organizations. In addition to research activities, Unit personnel teach graduate-level courses, serve as advisors for graduate students, and participate in a variety of professional activities. The Unit emphasizes research to:

(1) Help find solutions to problems affecting fish and wildlife resources
(2) Develop and evaluate sampling designs for monitoring fish and wildlife populations
(3) Evaluate population dynamics of recreationally harvested fish and wildlife populations
(4) Evaluate the effectiveness of efforts to recover or prevent listing of endangered species.

Idaho Active Projects

Idaho Completed Projects

Idaho Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Branigan, P. R., M. C. Quist, B. B. Shepard, and S. C. Ireland. 2018. Microhabitat use of native fishes in the Kootenai River: a fine-scale evaluation of large-scale habitat rehabilitation efforts. River Research and Applications 34:1267-1277.
  • Burak, G.S., A.R. Goldberg, J.M. Galloway, D. Evans Mack, and C.J. Conway. 2018. Partner-based research collaboration guiding on-the-ground conservation efforts for a threatened Idaho endemic - the northern Idaho ground squirrel. The Wildlife Professional 12(5):39-42.
  • Beard, Z. S., M. C. Quist, R. S. Hardy, and T. J. Ross. 2018. Patterns in fish assemblage structure in a small western stream. Copeia 106:589-599.
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Idaho Technical Publications

  • Harrity, E. J., and C. J. Conway. 2018. Dispersal and migration behavior of Yuma Ridgway’s rails. 2018 Annual Report. Wildlife Research Report #2018-1. Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Moscow, ID. 
  • Conway, C. J., A. Meyers, K. Launchbaugh, D. Musil, P. Makela, and S. Roberts. 2017. The Grouse & Grazing Project: Effects of cattle grazing on sage-grouse demographic traits – 2017 Annual Report. College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho.
  • Conway, C.J., T.I. Wellicome, D.H. Johnson, C. Lundblad, and J.L. Conley. 2017. Identifying Migratory Routes and Wintering Grounds of Burrowing Owls that Breed on DoD Installations in the Western U.S. Final Report for DoD Legacy Project #13-604. Idaho Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, Moscow, ID.
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Idaho Theses and Dissertations

  • Beard, Z. S. 2017. Survival, movement, and habitat use of burbot in tributary systems of the Kootenai River. Master's thesis. University of Idaho, Moscow.
  • Branigan, P. R. 2017. Microhabitat use of native and nonnative fishes in the Kootenai River system. Master's thesis. University of Idaho, Moscow.
  • Lubia N. Cajas de Gliniewicz 2016.From Trout to Mollusks: Life Cycle Assessment, Socio-economic Attributes and Ecosystem Services Surrounding Sustainable Aquaculture. PhD Dissertation Environmental Science.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 6

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 4

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 25

Scientific Publications: 80

Presentations: 237


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