National Park Service

Upper Columbia Basin Network (UCBN)

About the Upper Columbia Basin Network

The UCBN office is located at an off-campus site of the University of Idaho, in Moscow. Working collaboratively with park staff, university cooperators, and other federal agencies to plan and conduct inventory and monitoring (I&M) projects in the UCBN parks, we track status and trend in resource conditions and communicate results to park managers, partners, and the public.

Network decisions and integration of I&M information into park management is guided by our Board of Directors and our Science Advisory Committee. Program guidance and oversight is provided by the Inventory & Monitoring Division of the National Park Service.

Upper Columbia Basin Network Staff Contacts

Name Title/Position Phone Number Profile
Gordon Dicus Program Manager 208-885-3684 Profile
Tom Rodhouse Ecologist 541-312-6425 Profile
Jeff Lonneker Data Manager 208-885-3022 Profile
Vacant Aquatic Biologist 208-885-3010
Devin Stucki Vegetation Ecologist 541-312-2323 Profile
Paulina Starkey Science Communication Specialist 208-301-9214 Profile

Upper Columbia Basin Network Board of Directors

The Board of Directors represents Superintendents from the nine UCBN parks, a representative from the Science Advisory Committee, the Pacific West Regional I&M Program Manager, the Deputy Regional Director, and the UCBN Program Manager. The Board is charged with oversight of the Network's vital signs monitoring program and makes all significant management and budget decisions.

Upper Columbia Basin Network Technical Committee

The Science Advisory Committee provides technical advice and assistance to the Board of Directors and to the UCBN staff. This committee is comprised of Resource Management Division Chiefs and the UCBN program manager, ecologist, aquatic biologist, and data manager.

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Staff Profiles

Gordon Dicus

Gordon Dicus

Gordon has worked for the National Park Service over 15 years and has a background in wildlife biology, holding a B.S. in Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a M.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana. After 10 years of field-oriented work on various wildlife projects, Gordon's work began focusing on GIS and database development, and on project management. Gordon served as Data Manager for over four years, then in 2012 moved into the Upper Columbia Basin Network Program Manager position.

Gordon and his wife, Andrika, have two young boys, Theo and Shafer. Their family enjoys year-round outdoor activities such as biking, camping, and skiing.


Tom Rodhouse

Tom Rodhouse

Tom is an ecologist with training and experience in a broad range of topics including the distribution and abundance of vertebrates, the design and analysis of environmental monitoring, and in the natural history of Pacific Northwest ecosystems. Tom earned B.S. degrees in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University and in Anthropology from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, an M.S. in Ecological Biogeography from Oregon State, and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho's Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.

Tom has been with the Upper Columbia Basin Network since 2002 and has been instrumental in developing the Network's inventory and monitoring program. He currently leads monitoring protocol development efforts for several of the Network's vital signs and oversees a variety of other inventory and monitoring projects that have been implemented throughout the Network. Tom lives in Bend, Oregon, with his wife, Casey, and two daughters, Isabel and Violet.

Tom spends his (increasingly rare) spare time gardening during the warm season and cross-country skiing in winter.


Jeff Lonneker

Jeff Lonneker

Jeff received a B.S. in Natural Resource Science and Wildlife Ecology from Washington State University in Pullman, then an M.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Idaho in Moscow. Jeff brings a broad geospatial skillset and natural resource management experience to the UCBN Data Manager position. His professional experience includes working for the USGS GAP Analysis Program, the University of Idaho's Department of Forest Resources, and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Devin Stucki

Devin Stucki

Devin works as a vegetation ecologist and field crew lead for the UCBN and has been involved with many of the Network's vegetation and vertebrate inventory and monitoring projects.

He received a B.S. in Botany from Oregon State University in 2011. He has been working for the UCBN since 2008. Before being employed for the UCBN, Devin worked for the BLM and USFS, work which included fire effects monitoring and plant surveys.

Devin loves back country skiing, fly fishing, backpacking, and finding edible mushrooms.


Paulina Starkey

Paulina Starkey

Paulina's professional background is in ecotourism, environmental education and interpretation. She holds a B.S in Ecological Tourism from Pontificia Universidad Católica in Quito-Ecuador, and an M.S. in Conservation Social Sciences from the University of Idaho. Her graduate research focused on environmental communication and its effects on people's behavior.

Paulina serves as the science communication specialist and is in charge of the development of the network's communication strategies. These include the UCBN biannual newsletter, resource briefs, field monitoring posters, presentations, and other informational material. She is also in charge of formatting and editing technical reports, entry of biological data and provides assistance with fieldwork when needed.


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