Hello and thanks for taking the time to visit my biographical sketch! I was a community college student myself before transferring to university; the very same path you may be on. I moved from northern Illinois to Colorado where I graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology. While in school I worked on a variety of wildlife projects but most dealt with threatened and endangered species. For example, I worked with white-tailed prairie dogs, burrowing owls, Canada lynx, and several upper Colorado River Basin fishes that are federally protected. After I graduated I went to work for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management as a member of the recovery team for the endangered black-footed ferret. Following that adventure I moved to Idaho and attended Boise State University where I earned a Master of Science degree in Biology, again working with endangered species. This time I studied two native species of Idaho snails and one non-native, nuisance species. This work led to a decade-long relationship with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service where I was a wildlife biologist for the agency. I began teaching in higher education in 2006 and since then my focus has been on science education in Idaho and the undergraduate research experience. I recently completed my PhD at the University of Idaho where I studied Science Education and I’ve brought a lot of new ideas to my classrooms as a result of this work. I teach a variety of courses at CWI and mentor students through my role as Director of the Center for Invertebrate Science. Some examples of my students’ research are listed below along with my own projects. For the past five years I’ve been CWI’s Trustee to the Idaho Academy of Science and Engineering and I’m also a Curator of Mollusks at the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History in Caldwell. I hope that this sketch helps you to know me a little better and I look forward to seeing you around campus. Please don’t hesitate to stop by, say hello, and introduce yourself!
Examples of Student Research:
Hines, J. K. Townsend, & S.J. Lysne. In Prep. Eastern Idaho travertine springs limit the distribution and abundance of an invasive freshwater mollusk.
Berlin, T. & S.J. Lysne. 2015. A review of Biomphalaria havanensis in Idaho with implications for wildlife management. Presented at the 57th Idaho Academy of Science and Engineering Annual Meeting and Symposium; 19-21 March, 2015, Boise State University, Boise, ID.
Anatalew, F., & S.J. Lysne. 2014. A review of Biomphalaria glabrata in North America with implications for disease transmission in human populations. Presented at the 9th Annual College of Idaho Undergraduate Research Symposium; 26 April, 2014, Caldwell, ID.
Grasmick, T. & S.J. Lysne. 2014. Advancing our understanding of Idaho’s freshwater mollusks, the Idaho Freshwater Mollusk Project 2014. Presented at the 9th Annual College of Idaho Undergraduate Research Symposium; 26 April, 2014, Caldwell, ID.
Styhl, T. & S.J. Lysne. 2014. Entrainment of freshwater mollusks in the Phyllis Canal,
a bioenergetic sink for primary consumers. Presented at the 9th Annual College of Idaho Undergraduate Research Symposium; 26 April, 2014, Caldwell, ID.
Summers, R. & S.J. Lysne. 2013. A molluscan survey of eastern Idaho. Presented at the 2013 College of Idaho Undergraduate Research Symposium; 27 April, 2013, Caldwell, ID.
Dickman, A & S.J. Lysne. 2013. The Ancylidae in Idaho: an investigation in support of the Idaho Freshwater Mollusk Project: Presented at the 2013 College of Idaho Undergraduate Research Symposium; 27 April, 2013, Caldwell, ID.
Lysne, S.J. & B.G. Miller. 2015. Using mobile devices to engage students in evolutionary thinking. American Biology Teacher, 77(8), 64-67.
Lysne, S.J. & B.G. Miller. 2015. Implementing Vision and Change in a community college classroom. Journal of College Science Teaching, 44(6), 11 – 16.
Lysne, S.J. & B.G. Miller. 2014. A review of research on student learning with implications for teaching college science in Idaho. Journal of the Idaho Academy of Science, 50(1), 54 – 64.
Lysne, S.J., B.G. Miller, & K. Bradley-Eitel. 2013. Exploring student engagement in an introductory biology course. Journal of College Science Teaching, 43(2), 16-21.
Lysne, S.J. & B. R. Krouse. 2011. The Distribution of the Western Pearlshell (Margaritifera falcata: Gould 1850) in Idaho; a GIS approach toward the conservation of an imperiled species. Proceedings of the Idaho Academy of Science, 47: 33 – 39.
Lysne, S.J., G. Garcia, & B.R. Krouse. 2011. Molluscan community composition and richness in four high-elevation Idaho streams includes an exotic taxon. American Malacological Bulletin, 29: 127 – 133.