Associate VP for Research & Associate Dean

Email: richard.inouye@usu.edu
Office Phone:  (435) 797-3981

Dr. Inouye earned a B.A. degree (1975, Biology) from Reed College and a Ph.D. (1982, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) from the University of Arizona, under the direction of Dr. James H. Brown. During his last year in graduate school he taught for two quarters at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. After completing his Ph.D. he was a post-doctoral researcher

with Dr. David Tilman at the University of Minnesota, working on the Long Term Ecological Research project at the Cedar Creek Natural History Area. In 1986 Dr. Inouye moved to Pocatello, Idaho where he was a Lecturer, Affiliate Assistant Professor, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Idaho State University. In 1989 he moved into a tenure track position, and was promoted to Professor of Ecology in 1998. Themes in Dr. Inouye’s research program included plant ecology, plant-animal interactions, and water quality.

Dr. Inouye served as a Program Officer in the Division of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation from 2007 to 2013, for three years as a rotator in the Population and Community Ecology program and then for 2.5 years as a permanent NSF employee in the Ecosystem Science program. In addition to working on those core programs, Dr. Inouye helped to manage the Undergraduate Biology Education track in the Research Coordination Network Program, and the Dimensions of Biodiversity program.

Dr. Inouye joined the USU Office of Research and Graduate Studies in February, 2013, where his primary responsibility involves oversight of day-to-day operations in the Graduate School. Outside of work he enjoys a variety of outdoor activities (gardening, hiking, white water rafting, cycling) and both listening to and playing music.