State Wildlife Action Plan Coordinator, Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Dr. Rita Dixon is State Wildlife Action Plan Coordinator for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, where she works to conserve and manage species of greatest conservation need and the habitats they depend on.
An ornithologist and population biologist by training, Rita's primary expertise lies in estimating animal abundance and survival, acoustic analysis, and setting conservation priorities. She holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Riverside, and an M.S. in Wildlife Resources and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho. Rita recently completed the nationally accredited Certified Public Manager Program.
Dixon has served as president of the Idaho Chapter of The Wildlife Society and the Western Bat Working Group (where she continues to serve as a board member and co-lead the effort to assess the conservation status of western bats). She also co-chairs the Idaho Bat Working Group, serves on the National White-nose Syndrome Disease Surveillance Working Group, and in 2012, co-chaired the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies' Teaming With Wildlife Committee's State Wildlife Action Plan Best Practices Working Group. She is a member of the American Ornithologists' Union, the Cooper Ornithological Society, the American Society of Mammalogists, and the North American Society for Bat Research. Rita remains actively involved in the continental effort to address white-nose syndrome in bats.
Dr. Jesse Barber
Assistant Professor of Biology, Boise State University
I completed my undergraduate and Masters training at the University of Wyoming and finished my Ph.D. in Biology at Wake Forest University. I conducted 3 years of postdoctoral work at Colorado State University in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology in collaboration with the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division of the National Park Service. For the last 3 years I have worked as an Assistant Professor of Biology at Boise State University.
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