Fort Hall, Idaho
BS: Idaho State University
Lytle found his passion for studying Pacific salmon at a very early age. He encountered his first Chinook salmon in the Yankee Fork Salmon River, Idaho in 1985 when he was six years old. This event changed his life and eventually led him down a career path working to help recover Pacific salmon and steelhead. In 1999, he accepted a fisheries technician position with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes (Tribes) Fish and Wildlife Department. In 2003, he acquired his B.S. from ISU and transitioned from a technician to a field biologist working with Pacific salmon and steelhead. From 2003–2005, he worked with the Tribes on several habitat restoration, artificial propagation, and harvest management projects. Since 2005, he has worked as a program manager, administering federal grants with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service – Lower Snake River Compensation Plan, NOAA-Fisheries Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund, and lastly Bonneville Power Administration. Lytle developed several new projects for the Tribes, including the Bear Valley Creek Chinook Salmon Abundance Monitoring Project, Yankee Fork Chinook Salmon Project, Yankee Fork B-run Steelhead Project, and most recently, the Panther Creek Chinook Salmon Project. In 2012, Lytle decided the time was ripe to pursue an advanced degree in Biology. He is currently working on a M.Sc. with Dr. Colden Baxter, studying Pacific salmon with research focused on identifying factors that influence the abundance, distribution, and survival of Chinook salmon in (you guessed it) the Yankee Fork Salmon River.
PublicationsKohler, A. E., P. C. Kusnierz, T. Copeland, D. A. Venditti, L. Denny, J. Gable, B. A. Lewis, R. Kinzer, B. Barnett, M. S. Wipfli. 2013. Salmon-mediated nutrient flux in selected streams of the Columbia River basin, USA. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 70: 502-512.
Bellmore, J. R., C.V. Baxter, A. Ray, L. Denny, E. Galloway, K. Tardy. 2012. Assessing the potential for salmon recovery via floodplain restoration: A multitrophic level comparison of dredge-mined to reference segments. Environmental Management 49:734-750.