Participating Faculty

Carrie Bottenbert

H. Carrie Bottenberg, Ph.D.

Assistant Lecturer

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

(208) 282-3538

Classes I Teach
  • 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.

Donna M Delparte

Donna M. Delparte, Ph.D.

Assistant 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.

Keith Weber

Keith T. Weber

Director of the GIS Training and Research Center

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

Graveley Hall #B20

(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.

Shannon Kobs-Nawotniak

Shannon Kobs-Nawotniak, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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

(208) 282-4634


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.

Sarah Godsey

Sarah Godsey, Ph.D.

Assistant 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.

Benjamin Crosby

Benjamin Crosby, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

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.

Yolonda Youngs

Yolonda Youngs, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: Graveley Hall, Rm 119

(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.

Leif Tapanila

Leif Tapanila, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Director, Idaho Museum of Natural History

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

(208) 282-2604


  • Paleoecology
  • Sedimentary Geology
  • Virtualization
Research Interests

Our ancient past provides a rich data set to understand how ecosystems respond to change over time, and 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, which has garnered the most attention for our lab, is a good example of how a century's old mystery can finally be solved using virtual paleontology. It is exciting to imagine what discoveries lie ahead!

Charles Peterson

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.

Keith Reinhardt

Keith Reinhardt, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: Gale Life Sciences Bldg, Room 412

(208) 282-2933


  • BIOL 4404/5504 Plant Physiology
  • BIOL 4489/5589 Field Ecology
  • BIOL 4405/5505 Plant Form and Function
  • BIOL 4489 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.

Kathleen Lohse

Kathleen Lohse, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: Gale Life Sciences Bldg, Rm 409

(208) 282-3285


Dr. Lohse's training is in soil science with an emphasis in ecosystem ecology/soil biogeochemistry. Dr. Lohse's group works at the interface of ecology, earth system/soil science and hydrology studying the processes shaping ecosystems and their responses to anthropogenic changes.

Katherine Reedy

Katherine Reedy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: Graveley Hall

(208) 282-2629


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.


Sue Schou, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: BA 439

(208) 282-4608


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209

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