Dr. Ken Aho


Idaho State University





Professional Preparation


Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID. 2011-present.


Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID. 2011.

Instructor and postdoctoral researcher, Department of Biological Sciences, Idaho State Uni-versity, Pocatello, ID. 2007-2011.

Ph.D., Biological Sciences.  Department of Ecology, Montana State University. 1999-2006.


M.S., Biostatistics.  Department of Mathematics, Montana State University. 2006-2007.


B.S., Biological Sciences (June 1995).  Department of Biological Sciences, Idaho State University. 1990-1995.




Selected Publications


Bowyer, R. T., Stewart, K. M., Monteith, K. L., Aho, K.  In press.  Wildlife Ecology. 


Zorio, S. D.*, Williams, C. F., Aho, K.  2016.   Indicators of change: revisiting historical ecological data provides

context for altered plant community composition.  Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research


Striluk, M. L.*, Aho, K. Weber, C. F., 2016.  The effect of season and terrestrial biome on the abundance of plant

growth-promoting bacteria in the lower atmosphere.  Aerobiologia.


 Aho, K., Derryberry, D., Peterson, T.  2016.  A graphical framework for model selection criteria and significance

tests (refutation, confirmation and ecology).  Methods in Ecology and Evolution.


Kaushik, G.*, Huber, D. P.*, Aho, K., Finney, B., Bearden, S. E., and Thomas, M. A.  2016.  In vivo intestinal and

placental transfer of carbamazepine at typical environmental concentrations from drinking water to the

developing fetus brain.  Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications.


Goodnoe, T. T.*, Hill, J. P., Aho, K. 2016.  Effects of variation in carbon, nitrogen and phosphorous molarity and

stoichiometry on sex determination in the fern Ceratopteris richardii.  Botany 


Thalmann, J. C.*, Bowyer, R. T., Aho, K. Weckerly, F. W., McCullough, D. R.  2015. Antler and body size in black-

tailed deer: retrospective analysis of cohort effects. Advances in Ecology.


Aho, K., Bowyer, R. T.  2015.  Confidence intervals for a product of proportions: application to importance

values.  Ecosphere


 Weber, C. F., King, G. Aho, K.  2015.  Relative abundance of and composition within fungal orders differ

between cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) and sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata)-associated soils.  PloS One 


Kaushik, G.*, Aho, K., Thomas, M.A.  2015.  Psychoactive pharmaceuticals as environmental contaminants may

isrupt highly inter-connected nodes in an Autism-associated protein-protein interaction network.  BMC



 Aho, K., Bowyer, R.T.  2015.  Confidence intervals for ratios of proportions: implications for selection ratios. 

Methods in Ecology and Evolution.


 Mitchell, C. D., Chaney, R., Aho, K., Bowyer, R.T.  2015.  Population density of Dall's sheep in Alaska: Effects of

predator harvest.  Mammal Research .


 Aho, K., Weaver, T., Eversman, S.  2014. Water and substrate control of cliff communities: Patterns among

species and phyla.  Journal of Vegetation Science.


 Aho, K., Derryberry, D., Peterson, T.  2014.  Model selection for ecologists: The worldviews of AIC and BIC. 

Ecology .


 Weber, C. F., Lockhart, J. S.*, Aho, K., Charaska, E.*, Lohse, K. A.  2014.  Bacterial composition of soils in

ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forests exposed to different wildfire burn severity.  Soil Biology and

Biochemistry .


 Aho, K., Weaver, T., Regle, S.  2011.  Identification and siting of native vegetation types on disturbed land:

demonstration of statistical methods.  Journal of Applied Vegetation Science .


 Aho, K., Long, R. A.*, Kie, J. G., Bowyer, R .T.  2010.  A new index for measuring perpendicularity of animal

movements in relation to patch boundaries.  Ecological Modelling.



Aho, K.  2014.  Foundational and Applied Statistics for Biologists Using R.  Chapman and Hall/CRC Press, Boca

Raton, FL. 618 pgs. ISBN: 9781439873380


 Aho, K.  In press.  Foundational and Applied Statistics for Biologists Using R (Revised edition, 2nd printing). 

Chapman and Hall/CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 618 pgs.



Aho, K.  2016.  asbio; A Collection of Statistical Tools for Biologists. R package version 1.3-4

http://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/asbio/index.html, α-releases: https://sites.google.com/a/isu.edu/aho/.


 Aho, K.  2016.  plant.ecol; Computational Tools for Plant Ecology. R package version 0.3