Pocatello is the last undiscovered mountain college town in the west with outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities and the ease of living in a small city. Pocatello has a population of approximately 54,000 and is nestled into the Portneuf Valley created by the Bannock, Portneuf, and Pocatello Ranges. Over the years, the valley, ranges, and Portneuf River have provided scenic sites for biology student research projects. In addition to education and research, the ISU Department of Biological Sciences participates in many other activities around the ISU campus and in the greater Pocatello area.
Panoramic view of the Portneuf Range. Photo credit Charles Peterson.