"Most of the Western Hemisphere's charismatic large mammals no longer exist. As a result, without knowing it, Americans live in a land of ghosts" - Paul S. Martin

"A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise." - Aldo Leopold

Rob Lonsinger

I am currently working on my PhD at the University of Idaho (Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources). As a member of the Laboratory for Ecological, Evolutionary, and Conservation Genetics, I am advised by Dr. Lisette Waits. My dissertation research focuses on employing noninvasive genetic sampling techniques to assess the demographic parameters of kit fox and coyote populations in western Utah. Furthermore, I am evaluating population genetic structure and the influence that anthropogenic landscape alterations have on the spatial dynamics and connectivity of these populations. My professional interests include landscape genetics, spatial ecology, the effect of anthropogenic landscape alteration on populations, urban ecology, predator-prey dynamics, and statistics.

"There still is hope" -Dr. Steven Amstrup, Senior Scientist for Polar Bears International

As part of a student led effort to bring leading researchers to the University of Idaho. Dr. Steven Amstrup recently spoke on polar bears and climate change. Dr. Amstrup shared knowledge and insights from his over 30 years of experience working in the Arctic.

For your viewing pleasure, this seminar was recorded and made available online along with the slides. To view this seminar, go to http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/ecologyonline/seminars.htm and select the link for "Oceans, Ice and Climate Change: Polar Bears".

This seminar was supported financially by a grant from the University of Idaho's Sustainability Center to Rob Lonsinger and Matt Mumma.