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Idaho State University professors identify some of last remaining populations of native cutthroat trout in the Portneuf River

January 17, 2019

POCATELLO ­– For the last 20 years, Idaho State University fish ecologists Ernest Keeley and Janet Loxterman in the Department of Biological Sciences have studied Cutthroat Trout populations in waters from Alaska to New Mexico.  Among their other research endeavors, they have identified some of the last remaining native, genetically pure populations of Cutthroat Trout in the areas around Pocatello, including distinct subspecies variations, in some unlikely places.

Idaho State University researchers help create skull of ancient scissor-toothed shark, Edestus

January 17, 2019

POCATELLO – The ancient scissor-toothed shark Edestus was a “weird, weird beastie,” according to Leif Tapanila, Idaho State University geosciences professor and Idaho Museum of Natural History director.

Jan. 26 Fishing Derby at Sportsman’s Park at American Falls Reservoir Features $500 First Prize for Trout, $250 for Perch

January 7, 2019

POCATELLO – A fishing derby running 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Sportsman’s Park on the west side of American Falls Reservoir near Aberdeen features a $500 first-place prize for the largest trout and a $250 first-place prize for the largest perch.

Idaho State University, industry partner House of Design receive $162K IGEM grant to develop application to connect robotics with augmented reality

December 11, 2018

POCATELLO – Idaho State University researchers will work with the robotic systems integration company House of Design in Nampa to enable programmers wearing augmented reality glasses to communicate directly with robots.

Idaho State University’s Colden Baxter receives Jean’ne M. Shreeve NSF EPSCoR Research Excellence Award

December 7, 2018

POCATELLO ­– Colden Baxter, Idaho State University biological sciences professor, is the recipient of the 2018 Jean’ne M. Shreeve NSF EPSCoR Research Excellence Award.

Old piles of bones deposited by owls assist ISU Ph.D. student Amy Commendador's research on past climates of the Snake River Plain

December 5, 2018

POCATELLO – To understand changes in the Snake River Plain’s climate and ecosystem over thousands of years, Idaho State University biological sciences doctoral student Amy Commendador has been analyzing the contents of owl pellets using a sophisticated instrument called an isotope ratio mass spectrometer.

Idaho State University is using its research and proven technologies to aid wildfire efforts in California, across the West

December 3, 2018

POCATELLO – It is early December and wildfire season for Idaho State University’s Keith Weber, Director of the Idaho State University GIS Training and Research Center, is just now winding down – or is it? 

Regional universities including Idaho State University take part in national cyber competition at INL

November 29, 2018

For the first time, Idaho National Laboratory will host six university teams from across the region, including Idaho State University, taking part in a national cybersecurity competition, according to an Idaho National Laboratory news release.

Idaho State University Ph.D. student Chris Tennant’s research on snowpack measurement recognized

November 20, 2018

Big data equals better forecasting and a boon for water managers

Petroleum Experts donate MOVE software worth nearly $1 million to Idaho State University geosciences department

November 8, 2018

POCATELLO – Petroleum Experts Limited has donated the equivalent of $980,000 in oil and gas software for use by the Idaho State University Department of Geosciences. The software will be used by ISU researchers working on a National Science Foundation Grant and for teaching of advanced graduate-level geosciences courses.