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Boise Aquatic Sciences Laboratory

Management of terrestrial and aquatic resources has often been in conflict. Emerging science suggests they should be elements of the same problem, creating and maintaining healthy ecosystems. We are leading efforts to integrate divergent views such as those associated with the management of fire, roads, and vegetation for improved management and conservation of native fish, wildlife, and plant species. To this extent, the Boise Aquatic Sciences Lab houses scientists associated with these three Science Research Programs:

Air, Water and Aquatic Environments Research Program

Develops knowledge of the biophysical conditions and processes that influence water quality and quantity, aquatic habitat quality, and the distribution, diversity, and persistence of fish and other aquatic species.

Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystem Research Program

Develops knowledge, plant materials, and technology for successful long-term restoration of diverse shrubland plant communities to meet resource needs and values.

Wildlife and Terrestrial Ecosystems Program

Acquire, develop, and provide reliable information on wildlife populations and habitats in terrestrial ecosystems to support science-based decisions for natural resource management.

Research Topics: 
Climate Change; Carbon; Climate change effects; Climatology; Ecological adaptation; Human response; Ecology, Ecosystems, & Environment; Animal ecology; Ecology; Geography; Geology; Hydrology, watersheds, sedimentation; Landscape ecology; Plant ecology; Soil; Environment and People; Archaeology, anthropology; Community development; Decision making, public involvement; History; Impact of people on environment; Partnerships; Quality of life; Recreation; Social values, ethics; Urban natural resources management; Fire; Fire detection; Fire ecology; Fire effects on environment; Fire suppression, pre-suppression; Prescribed fire; Smoke; Wildland/urban interface; Forest & Plant Health; Air, soil, water pollution (environmental injury); Animal damage; Botany; Climate effects; Human effects; Insects; Invasive species; Mycology; Pest management; Plant diseases; Rangeland plants; Forest Products; Bioenergy and biomass; Composites; Forest products engineering; Forest products industry; Nanotechnology; Non-wood forest products; Pulp & paper; Structure design, engineering, and properties; Wood chemistry; Wood damage and preservation; Wood properties; Wood utilization; Inventory, Monitoring, & Analysis; Assessments; Biometrics; Monitoring; Resource inventory; Techniques; Natural Resource Management & Use; Agroforestry; Conservation; Economics; Ecosystem services; Engineering, roads, bridges; Forest management; Landscape management; Mining & mineral resources, oil & gas; Policies and law; Range management & grazing; Restoration; Timber; Water; Wilderness; Wildlife and Fish; Amphibians; Birds; Fish; Habitat management; Invertebrates; Mammals; Reptiles
National Priority Research Areas: 
Climate Change; Watershed Management and Restoration
Geography: 
Northern Region (R1); Idaho
Address: 
322 East Front St.
Suite 401
Boise, ID 83702
Voice: 
208-373-4340