Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Idaho
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Idaho Staff Member


Austin Allison

Austin Allison

Email: aallison@uidaho.edu

Education

  • BS Colorado College 2013

Biography

I grew up in St. Louis, MO, cultivating in myself a love of animals and the outdoors at very young age. I earned a B.S. in Biology from Colorado College in 2013. After graduating, I spent a summer working for the US Forest Service in Montana. I then returned to Colorado, where I spent two years as a research technician with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, working on a project investigating plague in prairie dogs. Here at the University of Idaho I am conducting research towards the conservation of the northern Idaho ground squirrel. I spend most of my free time exploring the wilderness, cycling, and listening to music.

Research Interest

My research interests are not yet fully formed - there is so much interesting work to be done within the confines of ecology - but I am especially interested in anthropogenic effects on wildlife population demography, whether through ecosystem fragmentation, the introduction of invasive species, or other ecological disturbances.

Research Publications Publication Date
Goldberg, A.R., C. J. Conway, D. E. Biggins, G. Burak, and D. Evans Mack. 2018. Yersinia pestis, Fleas, Sylvatic Plague, and Persistence of a Federally Threatened Ground Squirrel. The Vector 12(1): 2-7 | Abstract 2018-03-31
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. Ecosphere 11(2):e03033 | Abstract 2020-02-28
Presentations Presentation Date
Townsend, K.C., C.J. Conway, K.T. Vierling, A. Allison, and D. Lachman. 2019. Presence of Northern Idaho Ground Squirrels (Urocitellus brunneus) influenced by other small mammal species and environmental factors. Northwest Scientific Association, Lewiston, ID. 27 Mar 2019. 2019-03-27
Townsend, K., A. Allison, K. T. Vierling, and C. J. Conway. 2019. Northern Idaho ground squirrel (Urocitellus brunneus) presence influenced by coexisting species and environmental factors. Ecological Society of America, Louisville, KY. 15 Aug 2019. 2019-08-15
Herrington, A., A. Allison, C. J. Conway, and K. T. Vierling. 2019. Burrowing habits of Urocitellus brunneus. Ecological Society of America, Louisville, KY. 15 Aug 2019. 2019-08-15
Goldberg, A.R., C.J. Conway, D. Evans-Mack, and G. Burak. 2017. Effects of microclimate change on Northern Idaho Ground Squirrel hibernation. Annual Meeting of the Idaho Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Boise, ID. 2 Mar 2017. 2017-03-02
Goldberg, A.R., C.J. Conway, D. Evans Mack, G. Burak, and D.E. Biggins. 2018. Effects of sylvatic plague on northern Idaho ground squirrels. Third Annual USFWS Science of the Service Symposium. Portland, OR. 17 Apr 2018. 2018-04-17
Goldberg, A.R., C. J. Conway, D. Evans Mack, G. Burak, and D.E. Biggins. 2017. Effects of sylvatic plague on northern Idaho ground squirrels. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists. Moscow, ID. 22 Jun 2017. 2017-06-22
Goldberg, A.R., C. J. Conway, D. Evans Mack, G. Burak, and D.E. Biggins. 2017. Effects of sylvatic plague on northern Idaho ground squirrels. Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society. Albuquerque, NM. 26 Sep 2017. 2017-09-26
Goldberg, A. R., C. J. Conway, and D. Evans Mack. 2014. Why are Northern Idaho Ground Squirrels so Rare? Joint Annual Meeting of the Idaho Chapter of The Wildlife Society and the Northwest Section of The Wildlife Society, Boise, ID. 4 March 2014. 2014-03-04
Goldberg, A. R., C. J. Conway, D. Evans Mack, and E. Yensen. 2015. Why have populations of Northern Idaho Ground Squirrels declined? Annual Meeting of the Idaho Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Pocatello, ID. 10 Mar 2015. 2015-03-11
Goldberg, A. R., C. J. Conway, D. Evans Mack, G. Burak, and D. E. Biggins. 2016. Effects of sylvatic plague on Northern Idaho Ground Squirrels. Annual Meeting of the Idaho Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Coeur d' Alene, ID. 23 Feb 2016. 2016-02-25
Garrett, M., S. Barbosa, K. R. Andrews, A. Goldberg, P. A. Hohenlohe, C. J. Conway, and L. Waits. 2020. Evaluating genetic diversity and distinctiveness of Northern and Southern Idaho ground squirrel populations using adaptive and neutral loci. Idaho Chapter of The Wildlife Society. Moscow, ID. 11 March 2020. 2020-03-11
Cano Perez, A., O. Cardenas-Ritzert, K. T. Vierling, C. J. Conway, and A. Allison. 2019. What hibernacula characteristics does the northern Idaho ground squirrel select for? Moscow Outdoor Science School, McCall, ID. 26 Jul 2019. 2019-07-26
Barbosa, S., K. Andrews, A. Goldberg, D. Singh-Gour, B. Bosworth, P. Hohenlohe, C.J. Conway, and L. Waits. 2019. Landscape genomics of adaptive differentiation in two sister species of Idaho ground squirrels. Idaho Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Boise, ID. 21 Mar 2019. 2019-03-21
Barbosa, S., K. Andrews, A. Goldberg, D. Singh-Gour, B. Bosworth, P. Hohenlohe, C. J. Conway, and L. Waits. 2019. Landscape genomics of adaptive differentiation in two sister species of Idaho Ground Squirrels. Joint Meeting of The Wildlife Society and the American Fisheries Society, Reno, NV. 1 Oct 2019. 2019-10-01