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Participating Faculty

Carrie Bottenberg, Ph.D. Assistant Professor and Director of Geotechnologies.

H. Carrie Bottenberg, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor & Director of Geotechnologies

Office: Phys. Sci. Bldg. #3, Room 225

  • Principles of GIS
  • Advanced GIS
  • Remote Sensing
  • GPS Applications in Research
  • Physical Geology
Research Interests

My research interests involve the disciplines of geology, remote sensing and GIS. I use InSAR techniques to study the movement of the Earth's crust and to detect volcanic inflation and deflation. I model tectonic plate motion in 3D visualization software to understand rifting environments. Specifically, I have worked in the Afar, Ethiopia (see the photo above) to study the kinematics of the African, Arabian and Somali plates. I also have a research interest in environmental geochemistry and the effects of heavy metals in streams. Currently, I have an interest in exploring past volcanic activity on the Snake River Plain in Idaho using remote sensing and field based studies.

Headshot of Dr. Benjamin Crosby Professor of Geosciences and Department Chair

Benjamin Crosby, Ph.D.


Office: Phys. Sci. Bldg. #3, Room 229

(208) 282-2949


Research Interests

I am fascinated by the physical and biological processes through which the Earth's surface responds to climatic, tectonic and anthropogenic disturbance. I enjoy exploring the response time and morphology of landscape adjustment (rivers, hillslopes, coastlines and the species that inhabit them) and the implications of this adjustment over both human and geologic timescales. To accomplish these tasks, I utilize field observations, numerical modeling, physical experimentation and remote sensing (LiDAR, Landsat, ASTER sensors). Through strong collaborative ties with terrestrial, riparian and aquatic ecologists, I enjoy studying ecosystem sensitivity to physical surface processes.

Donna Delparte, Ph.D.  Associate Professor

Donna M. Delparte, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: Phys. Sci. Bldg. #3 Room 201

(208) 282-4419


Research Interests

Dr. Delparte has an extensive background in the cross-disciplinary applications of GIS and remote sensing in the fields of geosciences, resource management and conservation/environmental planning. Prior to joining ISU in the fall of 2012, she held a leadership role at the University of Hawaii at Hilo in the development of an integrative and robust geodata repository for research datasets. Her experience also extends to government and industry sectors related to GIS applications for forest and sustainable resource management.

Dr. Delparte's current research focus relates to visualization, 3D modeling and analysis. She is using 3D platforms to visualize her research work with photogrammetry, Structure from Motion (SfM), LiDAR and point-cloud generation from gaming devices. Specific research applications relate to avalanche flow modeling and hazard mapping, terrain models, land cover change and image analysis.

Sarah Godsey, Ph.D.  Associate Professor

Sarah Godsey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: Phys. Sci. Bldg. #3, Room 231

(208) 282-3170


Research Interests

Our group at Idaho State University focuses on hydrology in mountain and polar regions. We're interested in how climate and land use changes may affect water resources in these areas.

I am currently studying hillslope contributions to fluvial carbon fluxes and patterns of water quality in drinking water and risk perceptions associated with water pollution in mountainous watersheds throughout Idaho. We're also currently wrapping up a collaborative project to understand coupled hydrology and biogeochemistry of water tracks in Arctic Alaska with a great team from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Shannon Kobs Nawotniak, Ph.D. Associate Professor

Shannon Kobs-Nawotniak, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: Phys. Sci. Bldg. #3 Room 223


Research Interests

I investigate the connection between process and produce in volcanic eruptions, ranging in scale from the origins and underpinnings of monogenetic volcanic fields through eddy-scale mixing in eruption columns. I'm currently Geology Co-Lead on the NASA FINESSE project and Deputy PI on the NASA BASALT project, both of which use terrestrial lavas to investigate planetary volcanoes.

Kathleen Lohse

Kathleen Lohse, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: Physical Science Bldg, Rm 202C

(208) 282-3285


The Lohse Biogeochemistry Laboratory (LBL) is led by Dr. Kathleen Lohse in the Department of Biological Science with joint appointment in the Department of Geosciences at Idaho State University and includes researchers who conduct interdisciplinary research to understand the hydrologic and biogeochemical processes shaping watersheds and their responses to anthropogenic changes. Increasingly, we are incorporating social processes into our conceptual and quantitative models to understand and predict these responses.

Charles Peterson, Ph.D. ISU Professor of Herpetology

Charles Peterson, Ph.D.


Office: Gale Life Sciences Bldg, Room 211

(208) 282-3922


Peterson's research interests include the ecology and conservation biology of amphibians and reptiles. He has authored or coauthored 2 books, 20 book chapters, 28 journal articles, and numerous notes and technical reports on topics such as temperature and water relationships, movements, habitat and distribution, the effects of various disturbances on populations (e.g., fire, roads, and introduced species), and developing techniques for surveying and monitoring populations. Much of his work has focused on reptile populations on Idaho's Snake River Plain and on amphibian populations in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Katherine Reedy

Katherine Reedy, Ph.D.


Office: Graveley 153

(208) 282-2629


 Chair, Department of Anthropology

My research focuses on Arctic human-environment interactions generally and more specifically on the ethnography of Aleut/Unangax and Alutiit of the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Islands of Alaska. I primarily investigate the role of role of traditional commercial and subsistence economies in the construction and maintenance of Aleut/Unangan identity and community sustainability. As an applied ecological and political anthropologist, I conduct projects on Aleut culture and history, subsistence and political ecology, food security, commercial fisheries development, oil and gas development surrounding coastal communities, and social impact assessments of environmental and fisheries policymaking on Alaska Native villages.

Keith Reinhardt

Keith Reinhardt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: Gale Life Sciences Bldg, Room 412

(208) 282-2933


  • Plant Physiology
  • Field Ecology
  • Plant Form and Function
  • Senior Seminar
Biographical Sketch

I am a broadly-trained plant physiological ecologist and global change biologist. My general research interests are plant ecophysiology, climate change ecology, and ecohydrology. Currently, my primary research projects focus on understanding plant responses to climate change, and mechanisms of changes in species' range limits (i.e., resistance/resilience). My work spans organizational scales from molecular to the canopy/landscape level. My other interests include variation in light spectral quality due to sky condition (clear, cloudy, cloud-immersed), water transport (hydraulic function) in plants, and cloud-forest ecohydrology.

Sue Schou

Sue Schou, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: BA 439

(208) 282-4608


Associate Professor of Management in College of Business, Idaho State University

  • Curriculum Theory
  • Teacher Education
  • Teaching Methods

Dr. Sue Schou has taught statistics at Idaho State University for 20 years. Her research interests include statistics and online education as well as group dynamics in the educational setting. She has received teaching awards at both the college and university levels and is a Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society member.

Leif Tapanila, Ph.D.  Professor, Director, Idaho Museum of Natural History

Leif Tapanila, Ph.D.

Professor, Director, Idaho Museum of Natural History

Office: Phys. Sci. Bldg.3, Room 209

(208) 282-2604


  • Paleoecology
  • Sedimentary Geology
  • Virtualization
Research Interests

I have dedicated my research career to discovering, analyzing and educating the public about the unbelievable history recorded by fossils. I have little use for traditional boundaries in paleontology: all clades, ages and environments are fair game for study. Owing to the regional geology of the west, I have spent a good deal of time studying Paleozoic marine and Mesozoic continental rocks. Past projects have studied the trace fossil record in rock, wood, and coralline skeletons; continental mollusks and their geochemistry; eugeneodontid sharks; and post-impact recovery of a marine coastline.

Through the Idaho Virtualization Lab, I am working to expand the capacity and capability of making the fossil record accessible to anyone, anywhere. Our 3-D scanning lab is the best in the country at making high-fidelity digital reproductions for the purposes of archiving, research, and education. Many of these same tools and techniques are breathing new life into ancient fossils, especially specimens collected decades ago and collecting dust in the basement of museums around the world. The Helicoprion project is a good example of how a century's old mystery can finally be solved using virtual paleontology.


Keith T. Weber

Director of the GIS Training and Research Center

Office: Graveley Hall, B20 - GIS Training & Research Center - 921 S. 8th Avenue , MS 8104 - Pocatello, ID 83209-8104

(208) 282-2757


Research Interests

I am expected to increase education and awareness of GIS not only at ISU but across the entire region, as the founding director of the GIS Training and Research Center at ISU. I seek and secure external funding to support the center staff as well as students. I also seek out research opportunities to better understand semi-arid savanna ecosystems and interactions between livestock, wildfire, and invasive plants. I strive to be an effective teacher of geographic information science and mentor to undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students.

Yolonda Youngs

Yolonda Youngs, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: Graveley Hall, Rm 113

(208) 282-6083


Research Interests

I am a broadly trained geographer. My research expertise includes cultural, historical, and environmental geography, cultural landscapes, national parks and protected areas, digital history, Historical GIS, tourism, and field methods with a regional focus on the western United States.  My scholarship is interdisciplinary, mixed method, and field work oriented.  I am keenly interested in understanding and interpreting how places change over time especially in terms of spatial dynamics and socially inscribed meanings. My research and teaching are mutually reinforcing, thereby connecting the classroom with active research projects and local, national, and international field sites. Dr. Youngs teaches courses in World Regional Geography, Historical Geography of National Parks, Introduction to Cultural Geography, Global Tourism, and Environment, Geography, & Sustainability.