Moose in water on Isle Royale National Park


Wildlife (biodiversity) is often impacted by human activities and land-use patterns. Such impacts can be understood using a variety of tools, including habitat modeling, field studies of demographic traits, studies of animal behavior, and stable isotopes.

Wide-ranging research in the School yields insights into the impacts of forest and grassland management for bioenergy, the influence of overabundant game species on ecosystems, the population biology of wolves and moose on Isle Royale and the mainland, the role of large animals in forest nutrient cycling, the dynamics of Hawaiian food webs in forests naturally fragmented by lava flows, and impacts of wind-energy development on wildlife.

Faculty                          Areas of Interests

Predator ecology & ecological heterogeneity; Aquatic-terrestrial links; Stable isotopes in animal ecology & conservation; Vertebrate habitat ecology; Conservation ethics
Conservation biology; Avian ecology and reproduction; Cascading effects of deer overbrowse; Island ecology
Woody bioenergy; Climate change; Natural resource policy; Biodiversity policy; Bioenergy policy
Geographic information systems; Cartography; Global positioning systems; Great Lakes Quaternary (glacial) geomorphology
Landscape ecology; Conservation Biology; Environmental and Natural Resources Policy; Sustainability science
Mammalian ecology; Predator-prey relationships; Ecology and behavior of gray wolves
Aquatic ecology; Fish movement patterns and community dynamics; Aquatic-terrestrial links; Vernal pool ecosystems; Effects of human impacts on aquatic systems
Demographic and genetic elements of population biology; Ecology of wolves and moose; Environmental ethics
Isle Royale wolf genetics; Field research methods
Gap dynamics and disturbance ecology; Invasion biology of exotic species; Landscape ecology; Plant community response to herbivory; Restoration silviculture; Wildlife habitat relationships