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Mapping Sagebrush Restoration

This VIP is not accepting students for Fall 2024

Sagebrush landscape

FALL 2021 offered hybrid.

What is the ambitious goal of this project?

Mapping and modeling ecosystem dynamics is a key part of natural resource management, from habitat restoration to wildlife conservation. Our team will develop new methods to forecast the success of ecological restoration in sagebrush steppe. We will conduct fieldwork outside and in the computer lab, aimed towards research outcomes that can promote sustainable landscapes.

Experience Gained

  • Students will learn how to apply geospatial technology, including GIS software, drones, and GPS, to study ecological processes at landscape scales.
  • coding and coding softwareTeam members handling and setting up large drone
  • case studies
  • fieldwork
  • mobile tech development
  • quantitative research methods

Majors and Interests Needed

We are looking for students interested in working on teams, learning new tools and from the majors, including but not limited to, listed as follows:

  • Bachelor of Applied ScienceStudent out researching
  • Biological Sciences
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Studies Program
  • Geosciences
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

VIP Coach Information

Dr. Trevor Caughlin is an Assistant Professor in the Biology department interested in seed dispersal, ecological restoration and landowner decision-making.

Course Information

VIP  200, VIP 400, or VIP 500.
Full semester course. Choose to enroll in 1 or 2 credits.
This team will meet Fridays from 8:30am -10:30am in Science/Education Building (SCNC) room 149.

Interested in joining this team?

For more information and to request a permission number to register contact Trevor Caughlin at or Phone: 208-426-3530 OR complete this interest form and someone will contact you. Check out this page for tips on contacting a professor.

To register:  search by Subject: Vertically Integrated Projects, read the project description to find the right section of VIP 200, 400, or 500. Use permission number, here are instructions on how to Add with a permission number