Steve Lysne graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology. He worked on a variety of wildlife projects while in school but most pertained to threatened and endangered species. For example, Steve has worked with white-tailed prairie dogs, burrowing owls, Canada lynx, and several upper Colorado River Basin fishes that are federally protected. A short stint with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management followed where Steve worked with the endangered black-footed ferret. He next attended Boise State University where he earned a Master of Science in Biology, again working with endangered species. This time Steve 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 Steve was a wildlife biologist for the agency. Since 2006, when Steve began teaching in higher education, his focus has been on science education in Idaho, the undergraduate research experience, and how this relates to student self-efficacy, retention, and motivation toward a career in science. Steve now attends the University of Idaho where he is studying Science Education formally. Steve teaches a variety of courses at CWI for majors and non-majors and served as the Chairperson of the Department of Natural & Physical Sciences from 2009 to 2012. He managed a budget of approximately $1.7 million and supervised approximately 60 faculty and staff.