Brita Olson received her B.S in Ecology and Conservation Biology from the University of Idaho in 2015. After graduating, she worked as a wilderness ranger intern in the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness on the North Idaho/Montana border. For the past two years she has worked as the watershed coordinator for the Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group, coordinating stream restoration projects in tributaries to the lower Clark Fork River in Western Montana. This summer, she took 4 months off to travel cross-country on her bicycle, but is now back in living in Sandpoint, Idaho and continuing her work for the Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group.
Eric R. Larson received his B.S. in Fishery Resources from the University of Idaho in 2004. He then earned an M.S. in Biology at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (2007) and a Ph.D. in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences from the University of Washington, Seattle (2011). He conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and in a joint program between the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and the University of Notre Dame, before being hired as an assistant professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2015. Eric is a freshwater ecologist who works to develop management-relevant tools for the conservation of imperiled species and the prevention and control of invasive species. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed scientific papers on topics including species distribution modeling, trophic ecology, and environmental DNA. More info at:
Jessica Hoisington-López received her B.S. (2005) from Miami University and her M.S. (2007) from the University of Idaho under Dr. Lisette Waits. Jess is the Research Lab Manager for the DNA Sequencing Innovation Lab at the Edison Family Center for Genome Science & Systems Biology at Washington University in St. Louis. She has worked at the CGS&SB since 2008 and is in charge of running and maintaining all of their next generation sequencing machines (currently 4 Illumina MiSeqs, 3 NextSeq and 1 MiniSeq). In her spare time, Jess spends time with her husband and 2 young children (ages 2 and 5).
Dr. Joe Holbrook received his B.S. (2008) and Ph.D. (2015) from the University of Idaho. Since 2015, he has been working on the ecology and conservation of threatened Canada lynx in the Rocky Mountains. Joe is currently a Research Scientist with Montana State University, but works at the Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station in Missoula, Montana. The majority of Joe’s research experience has been focused on the ecology and conservation of mammalian carnivores. For instance, he has worked on cougars in Idaho and Texas, jaguarundis in Mexico, American badgers in Idaho, and Canada lynx in Montana and Colorado. Applied issues motivate his work, but he strives to place those questions within a strong theoretical foundation to jointly advance management and ecological science. Joe’s work is widely published in peer-reviewed journals across a diversity of outlets. For more information, please see Joe’s website: .
Lisa Langelier transferred to University of Idaho, completing her BS in 1979 and returning for an MS (1983). Early in her career she worked for Washington Department of Wildlife, US Fish and Wildlife, and The Peregrine Fund. She retired from the US Fish and Wildlife Service in December 2013 after 25 years working on national wildlife refuges in Colorado and the Inland Northwest. In 2016 she published her first book, The Wild Eye: Field Notes from a Wildlife Refuge, with essays that describe her delights and dilemmas while managing Little Pend Oreille, Turnbull, and Kootenai national wildlife refuges.
Michael Thompson received a B.Sc. in Wildlife from the University of Idaho in 1981. After working on the Deer Project for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, he received a M.Sc. in Wildlife from the University of Maine in 1987 for a radio-telemetry study of moose habitat use. Since that time Mike’s career has focused on wildlife consulting and he was an owner of 75-person firm that specialized in studying bird and bat migration at active and proposed wind power sites. He sold this firm in 2007 and now balances his time between various consulting projects and a part-time PhD effort in forest ecology at the University of Maine. Mike has served as a third-party auditor of forest management and carbon sequestration projects throughout North America as well as in Tasmania and Belize. He is also the Past President of the Maine Chapter of The Wildlife Society and the North Atlantic Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.
Sarah Malick-Wahls was among the first cohorts to receive her B.S. in Conservation Biology in 2005 from the University of Idaho. She spent several years working seasonal wildlife positions in a number of states from California to Connecticut, and from Alabama to Washington, before completing an M.S. in Wildlife Biology in 2011 from Northern Michigan University. She is currently a wildlife biologist for the Superior National Forest in Minnesota where she monitors populations and analyzes projects for impacts to sensitive terrestrial wildlife species including Canada lynx, great gray and boreal owls, northern goshawks, and others. Sarah's favorite memories of UI center on the summer she spent as an undergraduate research intern at Taylor Ranch where she studied yellow-bellied marmots for her senior thesis project.