"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.

2015 Annual Meeting of the Idaho Chapter of The Wildlife Society (Pocatello)

Elyce Gosselin , an undergraduate student in the Ecology and Conservation Biology Program at the University of Idaho, presented her research entitled “Sampling methodology and a comparison of traditional and molecular diet analyses for a terrestrial carnivore". Lisette Waits and I have been mentoring Elyce throughout this project. Elyce is only a sophomore, but is nearing completion of her senior thesis . Congratulations Elyce on an excellent presentation!
Thank you to the ICTWS Scholarship Committee for awarding me the 2015 ICTWS Graduate Student Scholarship. The quality of researchers, biologists, and students in Idaho is tremendous; it is an honor to be acknowledged among them.