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

Idaho Staff Member

Zachary Penney

Zach Penney



Where I am from: Wallace, Idaho B.Sc. Aquatic Resources: Sheldon Jackson College, Sitka, Alaska M.Sc. of Earth and Ocean Science: University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia Research interests: I am presently studying fish physiology and bioenergetics, specifically freshwater reproduction in Snake River steelhead trout. I studied age and growth composition of coho salmon as a senior thesis during undergraduate degree and examined trace element chemistry in sockeye salmon otoliths for my Master's degree. Interests outside of school: Like most fisheries biologists, I love to fish. As a Nez Perce tribal member I enjoy fishing for salmon and steelhead using rod and reel, dip-nets, spears, and gaffs. Growing up in North Idaho I also enjoyed angling for Northern Pike and Largemouth Bass in the Coeur 'd Alene Lake system, as well as fly fishing for cutthroat trout in the north fork of the Coeur 'd Alene River.

Research Publications Publication Date
White, G., J. Claussen, C. Moffitt, B. Norcross, and D. Parrish. 2013. Dr. J Frances Allen: Pioneer of Women in Fisheries 38:103-111. | Abstract | Download 2013-03-31
Penney, Z. L., and C. M. Moffitt. 2014. Proximate composition and energy density of stream-maturing adult steelhead during upstream migration, sexual maturity, and kelt emigration. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 143:399-413. 2014-01-31
Penney, Z. L., and C. M. Moffitt. 2014. Histological Assessment of Organs in Sexually Mature and Post-spawning Steelhead Trout and Insights into Iteroparity. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 24:781-801. DOI 10.1007/s11160-013-9338-2. | Abstract | Download 2013-10-31
Penney, Z. L., and C. M. Moffitt. 2014. Fatty acid profiles of white muscle and liver tissue in stream-maturing steelhead during early migration and kelt emigration. Journal of Fish Biology 86:105-120. | Abstract 2014-10-31
Penney, Z. L., C. M. Moffitt, B. Jones, and B. Marston. 2016. Physiological assessment of steelhead kelts from the Situk River, AK and Clearwater River, ID during early emigration. Environmental Biology of Fishes 99:487-498. | Abstract | Download 2016-04-30
Penney, Z. L. 2013. AFS/Sea Grant Best Student Presentation Report. Fisheries 38(12):55. | Download 2013-12-31
Moffitt, C. M., Z. L. Penney, and L. Cajas-Cano. 2014. Reconnecting people to their natural environment. Pp.185-192 in W. Taylor, A. Lynch, and N. Neonard, editors. The future of fisheries: perspectives for the next generation of professionals. American Fisheries Society. Bethesda, MD. | Abstract | Download 2014-07-31
Moffitt, C. M. 2012.Diversity in natural resource science professions: using feminine attributes to broaden diversity. Fisheries 37:376-377. | Abstract 2012-09-30
Moffitt, C. M. 1999. Reflections on mentoring. Fisheries, 24(12):27. 1999-01-31
Buelow, J., and C. M. Moffitt. 2015. Physiological indices of seawater readiness in postspawning steelhead kelts. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 24:112-122. | Abstract | Download 2015-01-31
Presentations Presentation Date
Penney, Z.L. and C. M. Moffitt. 2013 Finding death: The relationship between energy and iteroparity in steelhead trout. Extended abstract for student best paper competition 2U.S. Geological survey, Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, University of Idaho 2013-09-08
Penney, Z. L., and C. M. Moffitt. 2013 Finding death: The relationship between energy and iteroparity in steelhead trout Selected symposia: A Big Tent: Building a Stronger Society and Workforce Through Professional Diversity 2013-09-08
Moffitt, C. M. , Z. L. Penney, L. Cajas-Cano. 2014.Reconnecting People to Their Natural Environment. American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Quebec City. 2014-08-19
Histological assessment of selected tissues in maturing and post spawning Snake River steelhead 2013-04-17
Moffitt, C. M., Z. L. Penney, J. Buelow, B. Jones and B. Marston. 2014. Energetics and Physiology of Columbia/Snake Steelhead Provide Insight to Likely Iteroparity. Pacific Coast Steelhead Management Meeting. Stevenson, WA. 2014-03-20