Steve Lysne

Assistant Professor
208.562.3360

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.

Recent Publications

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.

Blogs by Steve Lysne

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 10:00am
Do Travertine Springs limit the distribution of an invasive mollusk in Eastern Idaho?
Title - The Western Pearlshell (Margaritifera falcata) is a regional species of conservation concern. This teenager (ca. 15 years) is from central Idaho. Photo: Steven Lysne
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 1:45pm
CWI’s Center for Invertebrate Science and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game are partnering to share information and review the conservation status of invertebrate animals in Idaho. It’s been almost a decade since natural resource managers took a hard look at the status of invertebrates in the state. There are presently four invertebrate animals in Idaho that are federally listed as either threatened or endangered. Many more are considered “sensitive” species of concern and would benefit...
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 11:00am
Tyrell Styhl, a sophomore natural resources major at the College of Western Idaho (CWI), claimed Best Paper Presentation for an Undergraduate Student at the 57th Annual Meeting & Symposium of the Idaho Academy of Science and Engineering last month in Boise. He won for his paper titled Entrainment of Freshwater Mollusks: A Bioenergetic Sink for Primary Consumers which was result of two years of faculty-mentored research at CWI. The full text of Ty’s abstract is below.
Monday, February 9, 2015 - 10:45am
On March 20, several CWI faculty and students will present on various topics at the 57th Annual Meeting and Symposium of the Idaho Academy of Science and Engineering. Life Sciences Department Chair, Nicole Frank, will be joined by Assistant Professors Steven Lysne and Brian McClain during the STEM Education plenary session.

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