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

Curriculum Vitae

Honors and Awards

  • 2010-11 Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game - Species of Greatest Conservation Need - $147,402
  • 2005-07 US Fish and Wildlife Service - Migration Research at Camas NWR - $51,000
  • 2001-04 National Science Foundation - Graduate Research Fellowship - $98,500


  • 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)

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