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Snake River Field Station

The scientists of the Snake River Field Station (SRFS) work throughout the western United States, particularly in the public lands of the Intermountain West, Great Basin, and Columbia Plateau. Their work addresses wildlife monitoring protocols; sage-grouse distribution, population trends, and habitat associations; rangeland ecology and restoration; invasive-species management; fire ecology; avian ecology; regional ecological assessments; ecosystem structure and function; effects of climate change on ecosystems, wildlife species, and habitats; alternative energy development and wildlife; and biological statistics.

Snake River Field Station

About Us

The SRFS is located on the campus of Boise State University (BSU). The USGS maintains strong, cooperative ties with graduate programs on the BSU campus, as well as active and productive collaborations with many other partners, particularly the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Departments of Defense and Agriculture, states, other academic institutions, and conservation organizations. In recent years, SRFS’s science capability and research programs have expanded and diversified to meet the needs of resource managers throughout the western United States. Birds of prey are an important focus for historical reasons (see History of SRFS below), but USGS scientists also conduct a wide variety of science which is particularly relevant to resource management and conservation of the Intermountain West.

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Contact Information

Snake River Field Station
970 Lusk Street
Boise, ID 83706
Phone: 208-426-5200
FAX: 208-426-5210

Lead Scientists

Matthew Germino
Manuela Huso
Todd Katzner
Steven Knick
David Pilliod
David Pyke
Douglas Shinneman


Mark Fuller
Michael Kochert

Snake River Staff Directory

History of SRFS

The SRFS began in the 1980s as the Raptor Research and Technical Assistance Center, a Bureau of Land Management Cooperative Research Center. Hosted by BSU, in cooperation with the state of Idaho and its universities, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and The Peregrine Fund, the mission of the Center was to provide ecological research and technical assistance about the nation’s raptors. The expansion of raptor expertise in the Boise area led to the development of BSU’s Raptor Research Center and their Master of Science Program in Raptor Biology. Since 1993, the director of the Raptor Research Center has been a federal scientist, and since 1997, the director has been a USGS scientist. See also FRESC History.

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