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Snakes: Guests (2017)

Frank Lundburg

Natural resources consultant and wildlife educator

Dr. Frank Lundburg is a natural resources consultant and wildlife educator. His clients have included educational, federal, state and local institutions and agencies including Boise State University, the University of Idaho, the Idaho Department Fish and Game, the Idaho Wildlife Foundation and the Idaho Wildlife Federation. He attended George Washington University and.holds BA and MA degrees from Idaho State University and the University of Oregon.

Frank has taught the Biology Workshop, "Natural History of Amphibians and Reptiles" at Boise State University since 1997. Frank has written numerous articles on conservation and care of amphibians and reptiles. His biography is listed as a conservationist in the 2002 edition of "Who's Who in America." He is one of the founders and a past president of the Idaho Herpetological Society and has been honored with that organization's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Herpetology in Idaho. From 2007 - 2011 he was Board Member and Secretary of the International Herpetological Symposium and has presented papers on two occasions at HIS meetings.

Past experience includes positions at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and staff assistant to former Idaho governor John V. Evans.

Charles R. Peterson

Professor of Zoology, Department of Biological Sciences, Idaho State University

Dr. Charles R. Peterson received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Zoology at the University of Illinois-Urbana (1971, 1974), his Ph.D. in Zoology at Washington State University (1982), and conducted his postdoctoral work at the University of Chicago (1983-1988). He began working at Idaho State University in 1988 and is currently a Professor of Zoology in the Department of Biological Sciences, a member of the ISU Geotechnologies Program faculty, and is the Affiliate Curator of Herpetology for the Idaho Museum of Natural History.

During sabbatical leaves in 1994-1995 and 2002-2003, he conducted research at Montana State University, the University of Idaho, the USGS EROS Data Center, and the Yellowstone Center for Resources. Peterson's regular teaching responsibilities at ISU include Introductory Biology, General Ecology, Herpetology, and seminars in GIS Applications in Ecology and Ecological Applications of Photography. Since coming to ISU in 1988, Dr. Peterson has had five Ph.D., four DA, and 18 Masters students complete their degrees under his supervision.

He has conducted herpetological training sessions for many agencies and corporations and is heavily involved in outreach education activities. Peterson's research interests include the ecology and conservation biology of amphibians and reptiles. He has authored or coauthored 2 books, 20 book chapters, over 30 journal articles, and numerous notes and technical reports on topics such as amphibian and reptile temperature and water relationships, movements, habitat and distribution, the effects of various disturbances on populations (e.g., fire, roads, and introduced species), and techniques for surveying and monitoring populations. Much of his work has focused on reptile populations on Idaho's Snake River Plain and on amphibian populations in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Peterson received the Outstanding Herpetologist award from the Idaho Herpetological Society in 1997, the Professional Wildlifer Award from the Idaho Chapter of the Wildlife Society in 1998, ISU outstanding researcher awards in 1999 and 2002, an ISU outstanding public service award in 2000, the ISU distinguished public service award in 2001, the Jeremy Bigelow Award for outstanding service to scientific research from the ISU Chapter of the Society of Sigma Xi in 2009, and Northwest Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Luminary Award in 2016. Peterson is also an avid nature photographer and seeks to use his photography to conserve and restore amphibian and reptiles species and their habitat.

Past guests for this topic include: Frank Lundburg, Scott Smith.

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