On Friday, May 15th we will feature Iconic Rivers of the Region – Insights into the Henry’s Fork and South Fork of the Snake River, presented by Rob VanKirk with the Henry’s Fork Foundation and Bryce Oldemeyer with the South Fork Initiative. Learn about the ecology, conservation, and restoration work happening on the South Fork and Henry’s Fork of the Snake River from fishery experts.
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Rob Van Kirk – Henry’s Fork Foundation Senior Scientist Rob joined the Henry’s Fork Foundation (HFF) as a senior scientist in 2012. Rob has fished the Henry’s Fork since 1977 and helped define HFF’s work as the Foundation’s first research director from 1994 to 1998 before pursuing an academic career. Rob grew up in Arcata, California, and received a B.A. and M.S. from Humboldt University. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Utah, where he focused on mathematical modeling of fish and wildlife populations. He is a past recipient of HFF’s Conservation Award and the Idaho Chapter of the American Fisheries Society’s Native Fish Conservationist of the Year Award. Rob and his wife, Sheryl, live in Ashton
Bryce Oldemeyer – South Fork Initiative Project Manager Bryce started working for HFF August 2016, as a research associate assisting Rob Van Kirk and Melissa Muradian in collecting and analyzing water quality data. In 2018, he transitioned into the Project Manager position for the South Fork Initiative. Bryce is an Idaho native who has taken his childhood passion for fishing and built a career focused on fisheries and fisheries-related research. He obtained a B.S. in environmental science, an academic certificate of statistics, and M.S. in fisheries science; all from the University of Idaho. His graduate project was centered on juvenile salmonid abundance estimation within the Snake River basin and the effects various juvenile Chinook Salmon life-history expressions had on an individual’s survival and reproductive success. Over the last seven years, Bryce worked directly for, or in cooperation with, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game conducting salmonid research within Idaho. Bryce fills his free time hunting, fishing, backpacking, camping, hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, backcountry skiing, and playing sports.