Introduction

Good afternoon HFF community,

My name is Bryce Oldemeyer and I am the newest addition to the full-time staff at HFF. I’m on my fourth week with the Foundation and intend to be around for a while so I’d liked to introduce myself and explain my new role here.

I was born and raised in Boise, ID, and am the progeny of two parents who loved the outdoors. I started fishing as soon as I could hold a rod; cut my teeth fly fishing all the forks of the Boise River, the Owhyee River, and nearly every pond and creek around Boise by the age of eight; and was tying flies by the age of twelve. Through my adolescence I was told I was “obsessed” with fishing, though most people reading this would probably classify my passion for fishing as “healthy and normal”.

In 2007 I began my undergraduate studies at the University of Idaho (UI) pursuing a B.S. in environmental science. During my sophomore year I landed a job with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) as a snorkel crew bio-aide, launching a seven year journey with the state agency. After graduating with my B.S. in environmental science with an emphasis in fish and wildlife management, I started working full time for the IDFG operating a rotary screw trap (RST) and weir, collecting data on juvenile and adult salmonids in the Clearwater basin. In 2013 I returned to the UI to begin a M.S. program in fisheries science that was three pronged; 1) I was tasked to find a better statistical method to estimate juvenile salmonid abundances at RSTs, particularly during time periods that are difficult to operate RSTs (spring high flows), 2) build software for fisheries biologists to replicate the juvenile abundance estimation analysis, and 3) explore how different juvenile Chinook Salmon life-history expressions affected an individual’s survival and reproductive success. In the winter of 2015/2016 I finished the M.S. fisheries science trident and obtained my master’s degree.

After graduating, I accepted a short term fisheries biologist position with the IDFG conducting statistical analysis and fine-tuning the software I created during my graduate program. In July, 2016, I applied for a research associate position with HFF and was offered, and accepted, the position. I started working for HFF in August and was quickly submerged in the water monitoring program (who doesn't love a bad pun?) headed by Rob Van Kirk and Melissa Muradian. In addition to the water monitoring program, I‘ll be involved with several HFF projects ranging from economic surveys to outreach and education.

That’s my abridged story and I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with another great organization focused on preserving Idaho’s natural resources.

Questions, comments, or concerns? Feel free to email me at Bryce@henrysfork.org.