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Federal Staff

Dr. Phaedra Budy

Phaedra Budy Unit Leader Website: Tel: (435) 797 - 7564

Currently Dr. Budy is the Unit Leader at the USGS Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit where she serves as a Research Scientist. She is also a Professor in the Department of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University.

Thomas Edwards after a pleasant day telemarking in the Utah back country.

Thomas Edwards Assistant Unit Leader Website: Tel: (435) 797 - 2529

He currently is a Research Scientist with the USGS Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and Professor in the Department of Wildland Resources, Utah State University.

University Staff

Shauna sitting in from the the College of Natural Resources at Utah State University.

Shauna Leavitt Tel: (435) 797 - 7565

Shauna is the Administrative Assistant for the Utah Coop Unit. She earned her BS in Print Journalism at Utah State University in 2006.

Gary Thiede on the Utah State University campus.

Gary Thiede Tel: (435) 770 - 2397

After receiving his BS at UW-Madison and gaining valuable experience at the Center for Limnology, Gary was a research technician at the Aquatic Ecology Lab at The Ohio State University for two years. He then completed his MS thesis research with Dave Beauchamp (when Dave was still at USU) working with lake trout food-web dynamics in Lake Tahoe. He then worked a few years as a research associate in Todd Crowl’s ecology lab at USU before joining the Peace Corps, serving in Zambia, 1997 - 1999. From 2000 – 2001, Gary worked with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in Portland, and then on Lake Billy Chinook. In 2001, he joined Phaedra Budy at the UT USGS Coop Unit at USU, and has been a research associate, lab manager, and fisheries biologist in her lab ever since. Gary has enjoyed work and research trips to other countries including Zambia, Spain, Pakistan, and New Zealand, and hopes to continue research in interesting locations worldwide.

Students and Post Docs

Nick Barrett

Demitra Blythe Website: Tel: (406) 670 - 8252

I come from Montana and like to spend a lot of my time outdoors and I really enjoy working in the fisheries field.

Kevin Chapman

Kevin Chapman

Kevin received his B.S. in Zoology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2012. Afterwards he spent two summers working as a field technician for Oregon State University and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Kevin is working towards a Masters in Ecology through the Watershed Sciences Department, USU. His research is focused on determining the impacts of predation by American white pelicans on the Bonneville cutthroat trout population of Strawberry Reservoir, Utah. In his spare time Kevin enjoys running, cooking and reading.

Colton Finch

Colton Finch

Colton grew up on ranches in ID, MO and AZ. He earned a B.S. in Fisheries Conservation and Management from University of Arizona in 2009. As an undergraduate he participated in restoration, renovation, and monitoring of streams, studies of Apache trout introgression, and experimental propagation of federally listed Cyprinids. He received a M.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from University of Florida in 2012 based on influencing vital rates of juvenile native fish through experimental manipulation of discharges in the Colorado River. He loves almost all outdoor activities, but states he isn't particularly good at any of them.

Stephen Klobucar Ice Fishing 2

Stephen Klobucar

Stephen received his B.S. in Zoology and Biological Aspects of Conservation, along with a certificate in Environmental Studies, from the University of Wisconsin in 2010. While at Wisconsin he worked on two separate NSF funded projects; 1) examining fish community responses to a dam removal and 2) investigating the early warning signs of an ecosystem regime shift. His current M.S. research is focused on quantifying the limitations of predatory fish growth across abiotic gradients of small impoundments in northeast Utah. He is using a large-scale manipulative experiment and various modeling techniques to approach his current research questions. While not in the field or the office, Stephen enjoys hunting, fishing, and anything else outdoors, as well as being a diehard Wisconsin Badger and Green Bay Packer fan.

Brian Laub canoeing

Brian Laub

Brian received his B.S. in Wildlife Biology with an Aquatic Emphasis from the University of Montana, where he conducted an undergraduate thesis on the influence of flooding on riparian vegetation dynamics. Before beginning graduate school, he spent a month in Panama taking a course on neotropical herpetology at the Institute for Tropical Ecology & Conservation. He earned his Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Maryland, where he studied the impacts of channel restoration on stream habitat, bed sediment disturbance dynamics, benthic diatom communities, and riparian vegetation and soils. Brian joined Phaedra Budy's lab in 2012 and worked on developing a restoration and monitoring plan for three species of native fish in the San Rafael River in southeastern Utah. When he is not working on river restoration and fisheries conservation, he enjoys hiking and camping in the desert and mountainous regions of the state.

Bryan Maloney

Courtney in Alaska 2DM

Courtney Newlon

Courtney received her B.S. in Fisheries & Wildlife Science from Oregon State University in 2003, with an emphasis on Fisheries Management. Since 2003, she has worked as a fish biologist for the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, Columbia River Fisheries Program Office based in Vancouver, Washington with the Walla Walla bull trout population assessment and physical habitat suitability project under the Water Management and Evaluation team. Courtney joined the Fish Ecology Lab with the Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in January 2012 and is currently working on understanding the role of environmental stressors and signals on bull trout movement patterns in the Walla Walla River in Oregon and Washington.

Andrew Sims

Andrew Sims

Andrew received his B.S. in Wildlife Science from Utah State University in spring of 2014. During his undergraduate he worked as a research technician for Tom Edwards and David Stoner on a NASA funded project. Continuing on in the project, he is now working on an Ecology M.S. degree in the Wildland department as Tom’s student investigating how primary productivity and weather relates to mule deer demographic data provided by the UDWR. Andrew enjoys most outdoor activities and relaxing with friends and family.

Ben Stout


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 7

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 11

Scientific Publications: 28

Presentations: 129


Contact Us

Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Logan, UT 84322-5290 Phone: (435) 797 - 7565 Fax: (435) 797 - 4025 Our University Web Site

Unit Leader

Phaedra Budy
Dr. Phaedra Budy

Currently Dr. Budy is the Unit Leader at the USGS Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit where she serves as a Research Scientist. She is also a Professor in the Department of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University.

Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  2. U.S. Geological Survey
  3. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
  4. Utah State University/College of Natural Resources
  5. Wildlife Management Institute