Above: Our saltwater tank with Cardinalfish (Sphaeramia nematoptera), Damselfish (Chrysiptera parasema), Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris), Sailfish Tang (Zebrasoma velifer), some sea urchins, crabs, shrimp, and snails in a Zoology classroom. The fish enjoy long days swimming and eating. The tank is maintained by the Zoology department.
Photo by Sierrah Herbold
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December 3, 2020
  Volume 4 Issue 6
 Conservation Tip of the Month 
Switch to LED lights
LED holiday lights use up to 90% less electricity than standard incandescent lights. Although the initial cost of LED light strings is higher, they are sturdier and last up to 10x longer. Also, LED bulbs are cooler to the touch than incandescent bulbs, posing less risk of fire.
Campus Closed December 24 - January 1, for Christmas Break
Spring Semester Begins January 11

New and interesting courses for spring 2021

Job Opportunities 

  • WILDLIFE SPECIALIST I “Fisheries Biologist”
    GRADE 18 (HIRING SALARY RANGE $31,110 - $45,000) REQUISITION #493264 / CLOSING DATE: 12/14/2020                                                                                        Description of Duties: The Fisheries Biologist will be working in the Colorado River and responsible for maintaining and preparing scientific and sampling equipment for fish monitoring trips.
  • To apply go to:
Tracking bird populations
Check out this interesting article about bird research that is being done on the Weber state campus.
Volunteers needed for bird-banding project
The Avian Ecology Lab is looking for interested and dedicated volunteers to participate in a bird-banding project.  No experience is necessary but volunteers must be willing to commit a minimum of two consecutive hours per week.  Currently the lab is running mist-nets on campus from 8:30 – 12pm.  For more information and to sign-up, contact Rachel Budge -
Weber Zoology Videos
Congratulations to Dr. Hoagstrom on the honor of being awarded as the Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor. Also Congrats on the Honorary Degree of a Doctor of Humanities for Dr. Zeveloff! Follow the link to videos about both of these accomplishments achieved in the Zoology Department.

Take A Seat

Do you need to access a virtual or online class right before or after an on-campus class? Students can now reserve a space on campus for studying or taking classes using the SEATS reservation system. Spots are available at both Ogden and Davis campuses. 
Don't forget that all WSU locations are requiring face masks for all students,
faculty, staff and visitors.  Read more about it here.
Check out this WE.B.SCI Blog. It provides information, stimulates discussion, and highlights science events that are happening in northern Utah. Read the blog here:
The Zoology Club and Weber State University's Chapter of The Wildlife Society are actively seeking members! If you are interested in joining, please email the club and ask to be put on their mailing list for updated club information: 
The Wildlife

I seek an undergraduate student (sophomore-junior) to work remotely on a dataset project related to my long-term study of Octodon degus sociality. The student will build an Excel dataset on direct fitness (two metrics) and examine relationships between social and environmental variables and direct fitness. The project will run for ten weeks during summer 2020 (exact dates are negotiable). I aim to promote human diversity in STEM. Thus, priority will be given to qualified students who identify as a member of an under-represented minority group. 
Please email a single PDF containing the following documents to Dr. Loren Hayes ( by 30 December 2020
  • One-page statement addressing your research interests and how you meet the responsibilities and requirements listed above.  
  • One-page personal statement with relevant background and future goals 
  • Unofficial academic transcripts 
  • Resume with names and contact information of two people who can comment on your academic achievements and/or research experience
The application is available on our website:
The deadline is February 14th, 2021.

We have recently put together a full introductory video, it is longer than any of our other videos but it gives a great amount of information about what we do and why

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