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Biological Sciences
Idaho State University
921 S. 8th Ave
Mail Stop 8007
Pocatello, ID 83209-8007
Phone: (208) 282-3765
Fax: (208) 282-4570

Bruce Finney, Ph.D.

Bruce Finney


  • Director, Idaho State University Stable Isotope Laboratory
    ISU Business and Technology Center, CAMAS/ILEIA Stable Isotope Lab 1651 Alvin Ricken Dr., Room 110D
    (208) 282-3474
    We analyze biological, geological, archeological and other samples for stable isotopes to promote onterdisciplinary research


  • 1987, Ph.D., Oceanography, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
  • 1979, B.S. Geology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Postdoctoral research topic: Paleoclimate

Biographical Sketch

Bruce Finney grew up in Minnesota and received a BS in Geology from the University of Minnesota in 1979. PhD (1987) research at Oregon State University focused on paleoceanography of the Equatorial Pacific over the last several glacial-interglacial cycles. Postdoctoral research at Duke University centered on the paleoclimatic history of East African rift-valley lakes. He was a Professor at the Institute of Marine Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks from 1991-2007, and is currently a Professor in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Geosciences at Idaho State University. His current research focus is on the paleoclimatic history of the North Pacific region from the last ice age to the present, and the effects of such changes on regional marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. He has applied stable isotope and paleolimnological techniques to salmon systems in Alaska, British Columbia, and the Pacific Northwest to help understand the influences of climate change and human activity on salmon abundance.


  • BIOL 4499/6608 Stable Isotopes in Environmental Science

Selected Publications

Ocean-atmosphere forcing of centennial hydroclimate variability in the Pacific Northwest. Steinman, B.A., Abbott, M.B., Mann, M.E., Ortiz, J.D., Feng, S., Pompeani, D.P., Stansell, N.D., Anderson, L., Finney, B.P., Bird, B.W. Geophysical Research Letters 41 (7): 2553-2560; doi: 10.1002/2014GL059499, 2014.

Centennial-scale fluctuations and regional complexity characterize Pacific salmon population dynamics over the last five centuries. Rogers, L.A., Schindler, D.E., Lisi, P.J., Holtgrieve, G.W., Leavitt, P.R., Bunting, L., Finney, B.P., Selbie, D.T., Chen, G., Gregory-Eaves, I., Lisac, M.J. and Walsh, P.B. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110: 1750-1755, 2013.

A coherent signature of anthropogenic nitrogen deposition to remote watersheds of the Northern Hemisphere. Holtgrieve, G.W., Schindler, D.E., Hobbs, W.O., Leavitt, P.R., Ward, E.J., Bunting, L., Chen, G., Finney, B.P., Gregory-Eaves, I., Holmgren, S., Lisac, M.J., Lisi, P.J., Nydick. K., Rogers, L.A., Saros, J.E., Selbie, D.T., Shapley, M.D., Walsh, P.B., and Wolfe, A.P. Science 334: 1545-1548, 2011.

Fisheries productivity in the northeastern Pacific Ocean over the past 2,200 years. Finney, B.P., Gregory-Eaves, I., Douglas, M.S.V. and Smol, J.P. Nature 416: 729-733, 2002.

Impacts of Climatic Change and Fishing on Pacific Salmon Abundance Over the Past 300 Years. Finney, B.P., Gregory-Eaves, I., Sweetman, J., Douglas, M.S.V. and Smol, J. Science 290: 795-799, 2000.


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209