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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

  • Lundblad, C.G., and C. J. Conway. 2020. Variation in selective regimes drives intraspecific variation in life history traits and migratory behavior along an elevation gradient. Journal of Animal Ecology 89:397-411.
  • Goldberg, A. R., C. J. Conway, and D. E. Biggins. 2020. Flea sharing among sympatric rodent hosts: implications for potential plague effects on a threatened sciurid. <i>Ecosphere</i> 11(2):e03033
  • Stevens, B. S., and C. J. Conway. 2020. Mapping habitat suitability at range-wide scales: spatially-explicit distribution models to inform conservation and research for marsh birds. Conservation Science and Practice 2:e178.
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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

  • Lachman, D. 2019. Behavioral and environmental factors affecting nest-site selection and nest survival in a colonial nesting waterbird. M.S. Thesis, Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID. Dec 2019.
  • Harrity, E. J. 2019. Remotely sensed metrics help map range-wide habitat suitability and identify habitat restoration priorities for an endangered marsh bird. M.S. Thesis, Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID. May 2019.
  • Riley, I. 2019. Sampling methods for lek and brood counts of greater sage-grouse: accounting for imperfect detection. M.S. Thesis, Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID. May 2019.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 12

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 5

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 28

Scientific Publications: 101

Presentations: 247

 

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