Dr. Charles Peterson

Dr. Charles Peterson

Dr. Charles R. Peterson

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, Photographic Applications in Ecology, and Teaching College Biology. Since coming to ISU in 1988, Dr. Peterson has had five Ph.D., four DA, and 18 Master’s students complete their degrees under his supervision. He has conducted herpetological training sessions for many agencies and corporations. Peterson’s research interests include the ecology and conservation biology of amphibians and reptiles. He has authored or coauthored 2 books, 20 book chapters, 30 journal articles, and numerous notes and technical reports on topics such as 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 Idahto’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.

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