Summer internship in Behavioral Ecology and RA in Adventure Learning (ecosystem services).

    Rosemary J. Smith, Ph.D.
    Professor of Biology
    Associate Chair
    Department of Biological Sciences,
    Idaho State University

    Dr. Smith's office is located on the Pocatello campus of ISU, in Gale Life Science 332/333, phone 208-282-4918.
    Mailing Address: Mail Stop 8007, ISU, Pocatello, ID 83209-8007.
    Directions:  google map.

    Undergraduate Research
    Students at RMBL


    (current students should link to courses using Moodle)

    1101- Honors Biology I

    1102 -Biology II

    4413/5513   - Biology Teaching Methods

    5514- Teaching Assistant Seminar

    6693- Seminar in College Teaching

        Fall 2011- The Academic Career

        Fall 2012- Teaching with Technology

        Fall 2013- Developing and Assessing a college-        level course

    6694- Advanced Studies in College Teaching

        Spring 2012- The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

        Spring 2013- Learning and the Brain

        Spring 2014- Science communication and outreach 

    7700- Supervised Teaching Internship

    Hiking near the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, Colorado.


    I have research interests and expertise in the ecology and behavior of burying beetles and small mammal ecology. I am also deeply involved in the preparation of future biology teachers and faculty, and have taken the lead in the MNS in Biology and Doctor of Arts in Biology graduate program at ISU, and as the PI of ISU's NSF-funded GK-12 Project (2004-2011).  I have conducted scholarly work and have publications in both pedagogical and biological arenas.

    Burying beetle tending offspring.

    I am always looking for excellent graduate students, and have a strong record of successful mentorship.  So far I have had 3 MS, 5 MNS, 6 DA, and 1 Ph.D. student and have served on the committees of 17 other graduate students. I currently have one MS and one DA student, and am serving on the committees of 5 others.

    If you are interested in college-level teaching as a career- the Doctor of Arts in Biology program is designed for you!  The program blends biological content and research with teaching strategies and practice.  See the complete description and guidelines DA in Biology Program. There are 3-year Fellowships (+tuition & fee waivers) available to qualified students (MS required). NEW!  Position available for DA student to design and assess the summer Adventure Learning program at ISU associated with the new NSF-MILES grant.

    I have conducted research at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory since 1983. The RMBL is a world-renown high-altitude field station that emphasizes field research. It is located at 9,500 feet in the Upper East River Valley of the Colorado Rocky Mountains (about 8 miles from Crested Butte). Each summer I work with 2-4 undergraduates and  graduate students. Click on RA information on sidebar for more info on the internship and how to apply.