Dr. Charles 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.
Experiencing Yellowstone with a Perfect Light workshop provides the rare opportunity to meld with nature through your camera. Untouched mountain snowscapes, clear cobalt skies and frosted trees set the stage for a photographer’s dream capture. Christopher Balmer understands and respects wildlife. He takes you so close you see their breath, observe their behavior and catch the right shot. Christopher keeps the workshops small and intimate, providing his insight into famous landmarks as well as sharing the hidden spots which appeal to a photographer’s soul. A world class photographer who with an artist’s eye provides hands-on instruction to help you become a better photographer. A must for any photographer seeking to expand their creative horizons.
-- Lesley M
South Africa with PAW is truly one of the most amazing trips we’ve been on. Everyone should have this great opportunity. Christopher’s tours are first class. Only 3 people to a vehicle so you can see animals on both sides. Inyati is superb in every way – 5 star all the way!!! It’s worth mac & cheese for 6 months to save money to go. Don’t miss this life changing experience!!!
-- Ranae M
I have traveled to Africa, Iceland and Yellowstone many times with Christopher Balmer and Photo Adventure Workshops If you are thinking about a photo adventure workshop or just a great way to travel I would highly recommend PAW. I love to travel and coming home with great photography is a bonus. Getting up close to nature is something you never forget. Experiencing it on photography tour is the only way to experience it!
-- Sherri L
Christopher shared a wide range of information in an understandable way. I also like how passionate he is about the subject. He is also very encouraging. My goal is to become a better photographer and possibly own my own business. The class gave me the tools to work towards that goal.