Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust is pleased to announce Charles R. (Chuck) Peterson as the 2023 Artist in Residence. Chuck’s term will begin January 1, 2023 and end December 31, 2023. We are excited to see what conservation stories he shares through his photography in the new year!

Dr. Charles R. Peterson received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Zoology at the University of Illinois-Urbana (1971, 1974), his Ph.D. in Zoology at Washington State University (1982), and conducted his postdoctoral work at the University of Chicago (1983-1988). He began working at Idaho State University in 1988 and is currently an Emeritus Professor of Zoology in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Affiliate Curator of Herpetology for the Idaho Museum of Natural History.  Peterson’s current teaching responsibilities at ISU include Herpetology and Nature Photography. Since coming to ISU in 1988, Dr. Peterson has had five Ph.D., four DA, and 20 Master’s students complete their degrees under his supervision. His research interests include the spatial, physiological, and conservation ecology of amphibians and reptiles. Much of his work has focused on reptile populations on Idaho‚Äôs Snake River Plain and on amphibian populations in the Greater Yellowstone Area. He is currently working on community science projects utilizing the iNaturalist mobile application to document the distribution and activity of amphibians and reptiles in Idaho and the Greater Yellowstone Area.  Peterson is an avid nature photographer and seeks to use his photography to conserve and restore amphibian and reptile populations and their habitats (https://www.flickr.com/photos/petechar/).