POCATELLO – The Eli M. Oboler Library at Idaho State University is displaying an exhibit of photography by ISU biology Professor Chuck Peterson titled “Snakes of Idaho” that will be on display through Sept. 28 in the library’s first floor art exhibit area.
Peterson’s teaching responsibilities at ISU include Introductory Biology, General Ecology, Herpetology, and Photographic Applications in Ecology. Since coming to ISU in 1988, Peterson has had five Ph.D., four Doctor of Arts, and 18 master’s students complete their degrees under his supervision. He has conducted herpetological training sessions for many agencies and corporations.
Peterson’s research interests include the ecology and conservation biology of amphibians and reptiles. He has authored or coauthored two books, 22 book chapters, 31 journal articles and numerous notes and technical reports on topics such as temperature and water relationships, movements, habitat and distribution, the effects of various disturbances on populations, and developing techniques for surveying and monitoring populations.
Much of his work has focused on reptile populations on Idaho’s Snake River Plain and on amphibian populations in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Peterson received the Outstanding Herpetologist award from the Idaho Herpetological Society in 1997, the Professional Wildlifer Award from the Idaho Chapter of the Wildlife Society in 1998, ISU outstanding researcher awards in 1999 and 2002, the ISU Distinguished Public Service award in 2001, the Jeremy Bigelow Award for outstanding service to scientific research from the ISU Chapter of the Society of Sigma Xi in 2009 and the Northwest Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Luminary Award in 2016. Peterson is also an avid nature photographer.
The library will host a reception for Peterson and his work on Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 5 to 6 p.m. Meet the photographer, visit with others who appreciate nature and photography, enjoy some light refreshment and learn about Idaho’s resident reptilians. Peterson will also give a free presentation on “Photographing the Snakes of Idaho “ at the library in September.
This informative exhibit can be viewed whenever the library is open; check austkris and (208) 282-4073. Chuck Peterson may be reached via email at petechar.
The Oboler Library is located on the corner of Ninth Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, at 850 S. Ninth Avenue in Pocatello.