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About Jay D. Carlisle

Dr. Jay Carlisle received his B.S. in Ecology from The Evergreen State College in 1995 and his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of South Dakota in 2005. He now serves on the research faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences at Boise State University, and as Research Director for the Idaho Bird Observatory. Dr. Carlisle’s current research interests are focused on the stopover ecology, habitat needs, and conservation of migratory landbirds in the West and in Latin America. He has authored and co-authored numerous publications, book reviews, and reports, many of which focus on migration and stopover issues, and has served as a reviewer for The Auk, The Condor, Journal of Field Ornithology, Ornitologia Neotropical, and Northwestern Naturalist. Dr. Carlisle also enjoys the education and outreach opportunities associated with his migration research activities and hopes to instill a conservation ethic in students, young biologists, and community volunteers.


1996 - Present Assistant Research Professor, Boise State University
1996 - Present Research Director, Boise State University Intermountain Bird Observatory
September 2008 - April 2009 Conservation Director, Harris Ranch
January 2005 - May 2005 Instructor, University of South Dakota ‐ Department of Biology
January 1999 - May 2002 Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of South Dakota ‐ Department of Biology

Curriculum Vitae


2010 - 2011 Species of Greatest Conservation Need
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
2005 - 2007 Migration research at Camas NWR
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2001 - 2004 Graduate Research Fellowship
National Science Foundation
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Honors and Awards

  • 2022 - Award for Exceptional Contributions to the Field of Landbird Conservation Across the Americas, Partners in Flight


  • Conservation Biology
  • Ecology of Migration


2005 Ph.D. - Biology, University of South Dakota
1995 B.S. - Ecology, Evergreen State College
1995 BS - Natural Resources, Sterling College - Craftsbury Common
1995 B.S. - Environmental Education, Audubon Expedition Institute

Contact Information

208-426-5203 (Office)

Articles (37)

Includes journal letters