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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Boise State University

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Volcanology integrates discovery and applied science to mitigate risks to humans. This course will cover the basics of how volcanoes work, their distribution in space and time, and their hazards. Introducing the state-of-the-art technology and instrumentation that is used today to monitor volcanoes and forecast eruptions, Dr. Johnson will focus on his own work deploying sensors at active volcanoes in South America, Asia, and Antarctica.

Presenter: Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, Associate Professor of Geosciences, Boise State University
Dates and times: Wednesdays, April 5, 12, and 19, 10 a.m.-Noon
Cost: $35

Wolf Biology and Management in Idaho

Taught by the first wolf manager in Idaho who oversaw the program from the first day the Legislature allowed Idaho to manage wolves until wolves were delisted and the state began hunting them, this course takes a behind-the-scenes look at 20-plus years of wolf recovery and management in Idaho. We will cover reintroduction and the roles and actions of the state, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Nez Perce Tribe; as well as the recovery and delisting period when Idaho became involved and took over management in the state. We will conclude with wolf management in Idaho today without federal oversight, what it is and isn’t, how wolves and their prey have adjusted to each other, and how the public and politicians are still trying.

Presenter: Steve Nadeau, Wildlife Staff Biologist, Wildlife Bureau, Idaho Fish and Game
Dates and times: Thursdays, April 6, 13, and 20, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $35

To register for the Volcanoes or Wolf Biology and Management in Idaho courses, visit the Osher Institute registration site or call (208) 426-1709 for more information.