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Congratulations to Jarod Raithel (Aubry Lab) and David Iles (Koons lab) for their Robbins award nominations!

Posted on April 19, 2016 at 12:10 AM

The Robins Awards are the most coveted of all Utah State honors, and the awards night is the year’s most prestigious event. They reward students and faculty for hard work and dedication to their individual goals, as well as the goals of USU. This year, our very own Jarod Raithel was nominated for the Graduate Student Teacher of the Year award: This award goes to the graduate researcher at Utah State University who has shown superior research capability and academic excellence. David Iles (David Koons' lab) was nominated for the Graduate Student Researcher of the Year award: This award goes to the graduate instructor at Utah State University who has demonstrated superior teaching capability and academic excellence.



From left to right: Jarod Raithel, Heather Raithel, Dave Koons, Elsa Koons, Lise Aubry, and Dave Iles




Climate change impacts on hibernators research highlighted in High Country news

Posted on August 5, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Great work by Dakin Henderson (Lost Cabin Production). www.hcn.org/articles/wild-science-uinta-ground-squirrels-and-climate-change


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M.S. Graduate Assistantship at Utah State University: Climate Change Ecology in a Hibernator

Posted on June 25, 2015 at 12:50 AM

The goals of this research project based in Logan Canyon, Utah are to 1) measure climate-driven variability in the phenology and demography of a hibernating species over a 50-year period; 2) understand the ecological and physiological processes that mediate this variability and associated fitness consequences; 3) predict ecosystem responses to changes in small mammal abundance in light of climate change. Research will be supported by both historical (1960s-70s) and contemporary data collection (2013-present) on the ecology, phenology, and demography of the Uinta ground squirrel, an alpine species endemic to the Western US. For additional information contact Dr. Lise Aubry, Email: [email protected]

picture credit: Carsten Meier





Visiting students from Blanding Campus

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 6:05 PM

Tanisha and Autumn are visiting students from the Blanding Campus. They are learning about ecological responses to climate change in our lab through field and lab activities, and looking good doing it!






Paid Undergraduate Summer Internship

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 10:10 AM

I seek a motivated undergraduate student interested in helping with fieldwork this spring / summer under my supervision. Your contribution could potentially evolve into an undergraduate research project in the fall if interested. Fieldwork activities typically take place between May and July, from 8am to 2pm, 2 to 3 times a week. This is a chance to become skilled in a number of field technics (e.g. live trapping, pit-tagging, taking biometric measurements, taking samples) to learn about potential changes in the demography, immunity, stress physiology, and genetics of a hibernator in response to climate change. To inquire about this opportunity, please contact me via email at [email protected], and please send your Curriculum Vitae, GPA and copy of transcripts.





New paper published in biological conservation

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 12:15 AM

Is anthropogenic cougar mortality compensated by changes in natural mortality in Utah?

Insight from long-term studies

Find out more here!






New paper published in Methods in Ecology and Evolution

Posted on November 20, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Methods for studying cause-specific senescence in the wild. These efforts were led by David Koons here at USU: 

David N. Koons, Marlène Gamelon, Jean-Michel Gaillard, Lise M. Aubry, Robert F. Rockwell, François Klein, Rémi Choquet & Olivier Gimenez

Find out more here!






Jarod Raithel gives a TEDxUSU talk

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 1:35 PM


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