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Ken Aho

Ken Aho, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Community Ecology & Statistics

Office: Life Sciences 419

(208) 282-3391



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Curriculum Vitae



Lab: Life Sciences 418

Aho Lab

Foundational and Applied Statistics for Biologists Using R

Much of Dr. Aho's research of the last 20 years (as a graduate student and faculty member at Idaho State University) has concerned alpine ecology. This includes the use of classic methods in plant synecology and autecology, and the examination of the effect of invasive mountain goats (Oreomnos americanus) on alpine vegetation, the endophytic communities of whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis), and even the microbial communities of the alpine soil and atmosphere.


BIOL 2209 - General Ecology
BIOL 3316 - Biometry Lab
BIOL 4408/5508 - Plant Ecology
BIOL 5599 - Advanced Data Analysis
BIOL 6605 - Graduate Biometry
BIOL 6692 Introduction to R programming


Biographical sketch

Dr. Aho became a tenure track faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences in 2011. Dr. Aho currently teaches and conducts research in statistics and ecology. His work in biostatistics has resulted in the pedagogic R software package asbio and the textbook: "Foundational and Applied Statistics for Biologists Using R". His work in community ecology has been both theoretical (e.g., confidence intervals for ratios and products of binomial proportions) and practical (e.g., reclamation of ponderosa pine steppe following coal mining). Dr. Aho enjoys playing guitar, skiing, rock climbing and spending time with his wife Jessica (an entomologist) and son Olavi (named for his Finnish grandfather).


2007, M.S. Environmental and Ecological Statistics, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
2006, Ph.D. Biology, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
1995, B.S. Biology, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID
2007-2011, Postdoctoral fellow, Alpine plant ecology in the context of exotic mountain goats, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID


Selected publications

AhoK., Derryberry, D., Godsey, S. E., Ramos, R., Warix, S.*, Zipper, S. 2023. Communication distance and Bayesian inference in non-perennial streams.  Water Resources Research.59(11)

doi: 10.1029/2023WR034513

Aho, K., Kriloff, C., Godsey, S. E., Ramos, R. Wheeler, C.*, You, Y., Warix, S., Derryberry, D., Zipper, S., Hale, R. L., Bond, C. T.*, Kuehn, K. A.  2023. Non-perennial stream networks as directed acyclic graphs The R-package streamDAG.  Environmental Modelling and Software. (167): 105775.  doi: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2023.105775

Whiting, J.,  Aho, K., Doering, B.  2022.  Can winter acoustic recordings of cave-exiting bats predict number of individuals in hibernacula?  Ecological Indicators.  doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2022.108755

*student author