Dr. Lucius Caldwell draws from a broad background to find creative solutions to client
challenges. Dr. Caldwell has experience coordinating project logistics, undertaking
field-based research monitoring and evaluation (RM&E) projects, developing and employing
molecular tools for organismal inquiry, and utilizing cutting edge techniques to help solve
emergent ecological problems.
Background: Dr. Caldwell received his PhD in Biological Sciences from
University of Idaho in 2014, where he studied endocrine mechanisms that underlie O. mykiss
rematuration in steelhead kelts. During this time, he collaborated with the Nez Perce and Yakama
tribal fisheries programs, CRITFC, and various federal agencies. He also holds an MS from University
of Maine (2009) and a BSc from McGill University (2005). He has been involved in fisheries work
since 2006, when he got his start working as a USFS stream technician in Central Idaho. Most recently,
he worked as a Fisheries Biologist for the Yakama Nation, coordinating field operations and data
analysis with a small crew based in the Methow Valley (WA) that researched the effects of various
restoration actions including habitat restoration and nutrient augmentation. Areas of particular
interest to Dr. Caldwell are 1) coordinating collaborative implementation and RM&E efforts,
and 2) using molecular approaches to generate organismal inferences that help answer ecological
questions and solve environmental problems. He has experience with techniques and tools for
investigating environmental endocrine disruption and ecotoxicology, in addition to more classic
fisheries resource management issues. Dr. Caldwell holds various certifications, including boater
safety, safe electrofishing practices, and wilderness first responder.
Personal: When not at work, Lucius spends as much time outdoors as possible.
He enjoys colluding with his wife to making their son chuckle, exploring the region with his
family, racing xc mountain bikes, skiing, throwing dry flies on tenkara rods, and pretending
he knows how to play various stringed instruments. "Science is the belief in the ignorance
of experts." – Richard Feynman.