Steve Lysne

Assistant Professor
208-562-3360

Hello and thanks for taking the time to visit my profile page! 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’m presently studying Science Education at the University of Idaho and will complete my doctorate degree in 2015. 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. I’m also a Curator of Mollusks at the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History and CWI’s Trustee to the Idaho Academy of Science and Engineering. I hope that this profile 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:

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.

Berlin, T. & S.J. Lysne. 2014. A review of Biomphalaria havanensis in Idaho with implications for wildlife management. 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. 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.

Lysne, S.J. & W.H. Clark. 2009. Mollusc survey of the lower Bruneau River, Owyhee County, Idaho, USA. American Malacological Bulletin, 27: 167 - 172.

Lysne, S.J., K.E. Perez, K.M. Brown, R.L. Minton, & J.D. Sides. 2008. A review of freshwater gastropod conservation: challenges and opportunities. Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 27: 463-470.

Blogs by Steve Lysne

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 3:30pm
Students from CWI’s Biology 2 class traveled to the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History in Caldwell this week to explore the biodiversity and evolution of organisms.   Students from CWI’s Biology 2 class traveled to the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History in Caldwell this week to explore the biodiversity and evolution of organisms. - See more at: https://cwidaho.cc/blog/biology-2-class-invades-smith-museum#sthash.UqzE0MS9.dpuf
Monday, November 3, 2014 - 3:00pm
The College of Western Idaho’s Center for Invertebrate Science is pleased to welcome two new faculty affiliates. Assistant Professors Hollie Leavitt and Dusty Perkins both joined the Center in 2014 and are already contributing to our students’ success through new projects.
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 9:45am
The Idaho Freshwater Mollusk Project is an effort to research and understand the biology, distribution, and diversity of Idaho’s freshwater mollusks. There are approximately 120 species of freshwater mollusks in the state, 18 are non-native and possibly invasive.
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