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

Field Tech


  • BS Colorado College 2013


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.

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. March 2019
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. August 2019
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. August 2019
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. July 2019