Fish and
Wildlife Resources

University of Idaho
Moscow, ID 83844-1136

Office Phone:
(208) 885-5171
Office Fax:
(208) 885-9080

Student and Staff Alumni

Students working in the lab have the opportunity to get their M.S. or Ph.D. in one of three programs at the University of Idaho; Fish & Wildlife Sciences, Environmental Sciences or the graduate program in Water Resources.

Depending upon the availability of funding, we are always interested in growing our group to include motivated and creative people interested in pursuing research in the ecology of rivers, fish and aquatic sciences. Interested potential students are encouraged to contact Brian directly.

Kara Cromwell (former M.S. student)

Kara's Master’s research focused on the trophic ecology of juvenile Chinook salmon in the Big Creek drainage, located in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness of central Idaho. To understand possible reasons for variable survival and growth patterns among rearing Chinook, she quantified the abundance and composition of macroinvertebrate prey items, as well diet composition, diet selection, and consumption rates for juvenile salmon across several rearing sites. She also conducted stable isotope analysis to detect interspecific competition for prey within the fish community. She has moved on to work on a PhD with Bobbi Peckarsky and is currently located in Missoula MT.

Ellen Hamann (former M.S. student)

Ellen graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with a BA in Biology in 2001. She initiated aquaculture programs in Zambia with the Peace Corps, sampled aboard commercial fishing vessels on the east coast for NOAA/NMFS, and worked with the Colorado Division of Wildlife on projects ranging from non-native fish control to hydroacoustic surveys on West Slope reservoirs.

Supported by a DeVlieg Taylor Graduate Research Assistantship, She worked on life history variation of Chinook salmon in Big Creek and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Her work contributed to our understanding of dispersal and migrations of salmonids in the Idaho wilderness. She left us for the wilds of Wisconsin but we always find her at:

Rick Hartson (former M.S. student)

Rick did his undergrad at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied the ecology of the trematode Ribeiroia ondatrae, a parasite that has recently been associated with malformations in amphibians.  His MS  research focused on movement patterns of juvenile steelhead and the role of stream flow and connectivity on these movement patterns.  Rick took a job as a Habitat Biologist with with the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe and is based out of Bellingham.

Jens Hegg (former M.S. student)

I am a Masters student in Water Resources at the University of Idaho. I received an undergraduate degree in Biology from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2000. As a student I participated in research on the population dynamics of river mussels in the St. Croix river as well as independent study of biological mosquito control in the Brazilian Amazon. With the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency I participated in constructing a statewide Index of Biological Integrity for the Upper Missississippi basin. Prior to attending UofI I worked in bio-engineering of plastics as well as medical device engineering.

As a graduate student I am working with Brian Kennedy studying life history variation in Fall Chinook salmon using microchemical analysis of otoliths. This technique allows us to reconstruct the migration history of salmon based on the variation in chemical signature imparted by the spatial variation of geology underlying a stream. I am also using GIS techniques to establish a link between microchemical variation and geology in order to produce a predictive method of classifying fish by natal stream.

Tim Kiser

Tim Kiser (former M.S. student)

Tim received his B.S. in fisheries management from Ohio State University. My work experiences include stream surveys with Ohio EPA and working with Idaho Fish and Game on white sturgeon recovery. Tim's MS research combined his interests in aquatic toxicology and large river ecology. His thesis work quantified the impacts of arsenic and other heavy metals on bull trout in the Lake Pend Oreille basin. He is currently working for the USFS in Spokane, WA.


Elizabeth Rosenberger (graduated M.S. Spring 2007)

Originally from Seattle, Elizabeth attended the University of Washington and worked for some time at NOAA - NWFSC. I came to Moscow to work with Stephanie Hampton on algal community structure and trophic relationships in the littoral zone of oligotrophic lakes. Her MS work on the impacts of shoreline development on large oligotrophic lakes was published in Freshwater Biology (see Publications).

Chris Lorion

Chris Lorion (graduated PhD Fall 2007)

I am a PhD student at the University of Idaho and the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Costa Rica. My dissertation research has focused on the effects of land use on tropical stream ecosystems. I am particularly interested in the ecology and conservation of freshwater fishes. When not working on my dissertation, I enjoy fly fishing, hiking, and traveling.

Bryan Stevens (graduated B.S. Spring 2008)

I am currently a senior at the University of Idaho, majoring in wildlife resources and minoring in statistics.  My field experience is varied, including both wildlife and fisheries positions for the Ohio Division of Wildlife, and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.  These positions include conducting creel surveys and monitoring the nesting success and hen mortality of wild turkeys using radiotelemetry in Ohio, and working on a project evaluating the factors influencing side channel habitat use by westslope cutthroat trout in the North Fork Coeur d’Alene River, Idaho.  My undergraduate research stemmed from the project with IDFG, and consisted of analysis and presentation of the factors influencing the use of side channel habitat as thermal refugia by adult trout, and modeling the effects of habitat features on water temperatures in side channels.  This project also evaluated the relative importance of side channels as summer habitat for adult cutthroat trout in the North Fork Coeur d’Alene River.  For a summary of my senior thesis please click here.

Chau Tran

Chau Tran (former M.S. student)

I am a first year Water Resources Master's student at the University of Idaho. Prior to my arrival at UI, I was a Fisheries Biologist at NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, Washington. There I studied the incorporation of marine-derived nutrients of spawning Chinook salmon into Idaho's Salmon River ecosystem. My thesis relates to the ecological recovery and recolonization of Icicle Creek in the Wenatchee River basin in central Washington. In the early 1940s, construction of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery blocked fish passage to over 29 miles of near-pristine habitat of upper Icicle Creek. Recent improved fish passage at the hatchery has provided an important opportunity to study the effects of reintroduction of anadromous and migratory fishes to this previously isolated habitat. In addition to working with Brian at the University of Idaho, my project also collaborates with the Wild Fish Conservancy, a non-profit organization that seeks to preserve and recover native fishes and their habitat throughout the Northwest.



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