Flight Lab Personnel

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.

Outreach

  • 2017: Volunteer Educator, We are MT in the Classroom, University of Montana
  • 2015-2017: Volunteer Educator, TRIO-Upward Bound, University of Montana
  • 2013-2016: Volunteer Educator, SpectrUM Children’s Science Museum, University of Montana
  • 2013: Coordinator, “A Celebration of Art and Science” exhibit and open house, Slater Museum of Natural History, University of Puget Sound (300 guests)
  • 2013: Educational booth, Seattle Science Festival EXPO, Pacific Science Center, Seattle
  • 2013: Instructor/Coordinator, “Nature in the Classroom: Utilizing natural history specimens to teach 4th and 5th grade science,” teacher training session (14 teachers), Tacoma  
  • 2012: Coordinator, “It’s Wild Outside” exhibit and open house, Slater Museum of Natural History, University of Puget Sound (300 guests)
  • 2012-2013: Science Liason, ArtSci, Tacoma Art Museum and University of Puget Sound
  • 2012-2013: Guest Science Educator, Tacoma, South Kitsap, Bremerton, Franklin Pierce, Sumner, and Issaquah School Districts and various private schools (1500 students, 4200 contacts, 724 “at-risk” youth)
  • 2012: Instructor/Coordinator, “Nature in the Classroom: Utilizing natural history specimens to teach 4th and 5th grade science,” teacher training session (17 teachers), Tacoma
  • 2012: Coordinator, “Exotic Species Night” exhibit and open house, Slater Museum of Natural History, University of Puget Sound (300 guests)
  • 2012: Instructor/Coordinator, “Nature in the Classroom: Utilizing natural history specimens to teach 4th and 5th grade science,” teacher training session (16 teachers), Tacoma
  • 2011-2012: Guest Science Educator, Tacoma, Kitsap, Issaquah, and Bremerton School Districts and various private schools (1700 students, 4100 contacts)
  • 2011: Educational booth, Nisqually Watershed Festival (100 guests)
  • 2011: Instructor/Coordinator, “Nature in the Classroom: Utilizing natural history specimens to teach 4th and 5th grade,” teacher training session (23 teachers), Tacoma Public Schools
  • 2011-present: Science Writer, SoMuchScience online blog, content featuring science, technology, and natural history <somuchscience.tumblr.com>

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