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Idaho Research Activities

Steven Whitlock

Unit personnel maintain close working and professional relationships with University faculty, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel. Research studies are conducted primarily within Idaho, although some work is done in adjoining states, as well as Hawaii, Alaska, Federated States of Micronesia, Costa Rica, and several European countries. Unit research is supported by State contributions and by contracts from the USGS/Biological Resources Division, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Forest Service, Bonneville Power Administration, Northwest Power Planning Council, and other federal, state, and private agencies. 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 anadromous fish passage in the Snake River basin
(2) Evaluate methods of establishing new animal populations or augment existing populations
(3) Improve estimators of animal abundance
(4) Evaluate effectiveness of existing reserve and management areas in the Pacific Northwest
(5) Study the basic biology of aquatic and terrestrial animals
(6) Evaluate effectiveness of efforts to recover populations of endangered species
(7) Evaluate factors that regulate carrying capacity in fresh water and terrestrial habitats

Idaho Active Projects

Idaho Completed Projects

Idaho Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Branigan, P. R., M. C. Quist, B. B. Shepard, and S. C. Ireland. In press. Microhabitat use of native fishes in the Kootenai River: a fine-scale evaluation of large-scale habitat rehabilitation efforts. River Research and Applications.
  • Beard, Z. S., M. C. Quist, R. S. Hardy, and T. J. Ross. In press. Patterns in fish assemblage structure in a small western stream. Copeia.
  • McBaine, K. E., Z. B. Klein, M. C. Quist, and D. T. Rhea. 2018. Diet of Burbot and implications for sampling. Intermountain Journal of Sciences 24:1-13.
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Idaho Technical Publications

  • Moffitt, C. M., and F. Wilhelm. 2017. Risks and Effectiveness of Benthic Barriers as Tools to Eradicate Infestations of Asian clams (Corbicula fluminea) in the Ellisport Bay Treatment Area of Lake Pend Oreille Idaho. Final Report SSP project.
  • Moffitt, C. M. 2016 Actions and Dialog to Change Perceptions and Increase Engagement of Underrepresented Minorities in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences:
    Report to Membership from a Special Session in Portland, Fisheries, 41:2, 66-67. | Download |
  • Braker, E., C. Moffitt, F. Wilhelm, J. Noonan, B. Kibler, and T. Woolf. 2015. Update on Efforts to Control the Invasive Asian Clam (Corbicula fluminea) in Lake Pend Oreille. Idaho Naturalist 7(4):8-9 | Download |
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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: 2

Masters Students: 6

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 4

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 24

Scientific Publications: 80

Presentations: 234


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