Professor and Director


Contact Info

Institution: University of Idaho

Phone: (208) 885-6176

Address: 875 Perimeter Dr. MS1141, Moscow, Idaho 83844-1141, US


Research Disciplines

  • Avian Ecology

  • Biodiversity

  • Conservation Biology

  • Ecology

  • Behavioral Ecology

  • Natural Resource Management

  • Restoration Ecology

  • Riparian Ecosystems

  • Grazing Management

  • Livestock and Wildlife interactions

  • Wildlife Ecology

  • Climate Change

  • Wildlife Monitoring

  • Ornithology

  • Game species

  • Wetlands biological Science

  • Raptor Biology

  • Reintroduced wildlife species

Research Interests

effects of management actions on wildlife populations, marsh birds, burrowing owls, western grebes, Clark's grebes, sage-grouse, rails, endangered species


  • Effects of Livestock Grazing on Sage-Grouse
  • Migration of Burrowing Owls throughout North America


I am currently the Director of the USGS Idaho Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Idaho. I received a Ph.D. from the University of Montana, a M.S. from the University of Wyoming, and a B.S. from Colorado State University.  Some of my prior positions include a Postdoc at SUNY-Syracuse, an Adjunct Professor at Washington State University, and the Assistant Leader at the Arizona Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit in Tucson for 11 years.  I have been in my current position in Idaho since 2011. I was elected as a Fellow in both the American Ornithological Society and The Wildlife Society, and I have published >120 papers in >40 scientific journals.


  • B.S., Wildlife Biology, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO
  • M.S., Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
  • Ph.D., Organismal Biology & Ecology, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
  • Postdoc, SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, NY