People

Robert Niese

Robert Niese

Ph.D. Student

Office: Flight Lab at Fort Missoula
Email: robert.niese@umontana.edu

Personal Website
Curriculum Vitae

Courses

  • BIOB 475 Mammalogy (65 students), University of Montana, Missoula, MT

Education

  • 2013-present Ph.D. Student, Organismal Biology and Ecology, Flight Laboratory, University of Montana, (Bret Tobalske, advisor) Missoula, MT
  • 2007-2011 B.S. Biology, Minor Spanish, University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA

Publications

  • Niese, R. L., and B. W. Tobalske. 2016. Specialized primary feathers produce tonal sounds during flight in rock pigeons (Columba livia). Journal of Experimental Biology 219:2173–81.
  • Niese, R. L., and B. W. Tobalske. 2016. Specialized primary feathers in rock pigeons (Columba livia) produce tonal sounds during take-off. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology 56(1). P1.37
  • NorthwestNaturalist.org - resources for Pacific Northwest natural historians, nature lovers, and young explorers.

Honors

Grants / Awards

  • 2017: University of Montana, Toelle-Bekken Exploratory Research Grant ($2,500)
  • 2017: University of Montana, Drollinger-Dial Travel Grant ($2,500)
  • 2016: University of Montana, Drollinger-Dial Travel Grant ($900)
  • 2014: Tahoma Audubon Society, Distinguished Service Award—Slater Museum of Natural History
  • 2011: University of Puget Sound, Phi Sigma Award for Best Research Symposium Presentation
  • 2011: University of Puget Sound, Leadership Award
  • 2010: University of Puget Sound, Summer Science Research Award ($3,000)
  • 2010: University of Puget Sound, Havana Bradner Memorial Scholarship for the Sciences ($2,000)
  • 2010: University of Puget Sound, Gordon Dell Alcorn Scholarship for the Sciences ($475)
  • 2009: University of Puget Sound, William McCullough Scholarship for Biology and Chemistry ($2,000)

Specialized Skills

  • Vertebrate Forensics Specialist - experienced in the identification of vertebrate remains including hair and feathers, scats, sign, and osteological materials.
  • Master Naturalist, Pacific Northwest Region (WA, OR, ID, MT, BC, AB) - identification and recognition mastery in taxa including vascular plants, mammals, birds, inter- and sub-tidal macroinvertebrates and macroalgae; proficiency in taxa including insects, arachnids, lichens, aquatic microinvertebrates, and protists; competency in non-vascular plants, fungi, terrestrial molluscs, reptiles, amphibians, and fishes.
  • Graphic Design on a Dime - consult and educate fellow Academics to help them acheive engaging and attractive graphic design objectives using free software and the Microsoft Office suite of programs.

Teaching Experience

  • 2018: Head Teaching Assistant, Rocky Mountain Flora, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
  • 2017: Teaching Assistant, Mammalogy, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
  • 2017: Lab Instructor, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
  • 2016: Lab Instructor, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
  • 2015: Teaching Assistant, Mammalogy, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
  • 2015: Teaching Assistant, Diversity of Life, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
  • 2015: Head Teaching Assistant, Rocky Mountain Flora, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
  • 2014: Teaching Assistant, Mammalogy, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
  • 2014: Teaching Assistant, Diversity of Life, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
  • 2014: Teaching Assistant, Rocky Mountain Flora, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
  • 2014: Teaching Assistant, Diversity of Life, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
  • 2013: Teaching Assistant, Mammalogy, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
  • 2012: Teaching Assistant, Ornithology, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
  • 2011: Teaching Assistant, General Ecology, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
  • 2010: Teaching Assistant, Diversity of Life, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

Professional Experience

  • 2016: Interim Director, Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum, Missoula, MT
  • 2016: Research and Forensics Consultant, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Missoula, MT
  • 2015-present: Investigative Research Consultant, The W Group, Inc., Missoula, MT
  • 2011-2014: Media and Design Consultant, Slater Museum, U. of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
  • 2012- 2013: Education and Outreach Specialist, Slater Museum, U. Puget Sound, Tacoma WA
  • 2012: Guest Naturalist and Educator, Annie Wright Summer Camps, Tacoma, WA
  • 2011-2012: Education and Outreach Coordinator, Slater Museum, U. of Puget Sound, Tacoma WA
  • 2011: Backcountry Point Count Technician, Institute for Bird Populations, Port Angeles, WA
  • 2009: Laboratory Technician, EnviroSurvey Inc., San Francisco, CA