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

  • Conservation Biology

  • Ecology

  • Behavioral Ecology

  • Wildlife Ecology

  • Native Species Conservation

  • Rangeland Ecology

  • Raptor Biology

  • Animal Behavior

  • Game species

  • Ornithology

  • TES animal species

  • Wildlife Monitoring

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
  • For publications, awards and research projects visit:


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. See the narrative and my resume on my website:


  • 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