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Faculty Experts Guide - Malcolm L. Hunter Jr., Ph.D.


Office Address:
Nutting Hall, Rm. 226

Mailing Address:
Department of Wildlife Ecology
5755 Nutting Hall, Room 226
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5755

Contact Information:
Phone: 207/581-2865

Research Interests
Forest Ecosystems
Wildlife Ecology
Conservation Biology

SSI Projects
Protecting Natural Resources at the Community Scale (Vernal Pools)

Graduate Student Opportunities:
PhD opportunity listed on WLE web page with Mac Hunter (provide link)


Oxford University, Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology, D.Phil. (Zoology)

University of Maine, B.S. (Wildlife Science)


Advanced Conservation Biology

Conservation Biology

Conservation Planning

Tropical Ecology

Introduction to Wildlife Conservation

Professor of Wildlife Ecology, Department of Wildlife Ecology, University of Maine

Libra Professor of Conservation Biology, University of Maine

Researcher and Doctoral Fellowship Coordinator, Sustainability Solutions Initiative


Dr. Hunter’s research experience covers a variety of ecosystems and organisms – birds, amphibians, insects, vascular plants, mammals, reptiles, lakes, peatlands, grasslands, and more – but his major focus is on forest ecosystems and the maintenance of their biological diversity. He is a member of two teams that study the interactions among vascular plants, amphibians, birds, and small mammals and their changes through time. He also works with forest ecosystems at a landscape scale studying the effects of forest management on amphibians, birds, and insects, and the implications of natural disturbance regimes, spatial distribution patterns, and other large-scale phenomena for forest management and reserve design. Dr. Hunter’s interests are geographically broad too: he has worked in 25 countries, mainly in Africa and the Himalayas. As a researcher and advisor he interacts with a broad spectrum of organizations such as the Society for Conservation Biology (serving as President from 2001-2003), the Nature Conservancy, and the U.S. Forest Service.

Dr. Hunter’s work with SSI involves looking at how to integrate maintaining biodiversity and ecological integrity with using landscapes for human activities such as timber harvest and residential development. His research to date is creating a growing understanding of the habitat needs of certain sensitive species, that allows for creative thinking about how to accommodate those needs while still managing ecosystems for human welfare.  Dr. Hunter expects this specific research to lead to the development of broader principles that have wide application to sustainable ecosystem management

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Selected Publications

G. Wang, N.T. Hobbs, N. A. Slade, J. F. Merritt, L. L. Getz, M. L. Hunter, Jr., S. H. Vessey, J. W. Witham, and A. Guillaumet, “Comparative Population Dynamics of Large and Small Mammals in the Northern Hemisphere: Deterministic and Stochastic Forces,” Ecography, forthcoming.

V.D. Popescu and M.L. Hunter, “Clearcutting Affects Habitat Connectivity for a Forest Amphibian by Decreasing Permeability to Juvenile Movements,” Ecological Applications 21 (2011): 1283-1295.

D.B. Lindenmayer and M.L. Hunter, Jr., “Some Guiding Concepts for Conservation Biology,” Conservation Biology 24 (2010): 1459-1468.

N. Politi, M.L. Hunter, Jr., and L. Rivera, “Availability of Cavities for Avian Cavity Nesters in Selectively Logged Subtropical Montane Forests of the Andes,” Forest Ecology and Management 260 (2010): 893-906.

M.L. Hunter, Jr., E. Dinerstein, J. Hoekstra, and D. Lindenmayer, “Conserving Biodiversity in the Face of Climate Change: A Call to Action,” Conservation Biology 24 (2010): 1169-1171.

S.P. Campbell, J.W. Witham, and M.L. Hunter Jr., “Stochasticity in Avian Habitat Use: A Test of Deterministic Explanations for Habitat Selection,” Ecological Monographs 80 (2010): 287-302.

S.M. Blomquist and M.L. Hunter Jr., “A Multi-Scale Assessment of Amphibian Habitat Selection: Wood Frog Response to Timber Harvesting,” Ecoscience 17(2010): 251-26

Books and Monographs:

M.L. Hunter, Jr. and F. Schmiegelow, Wildlife, Forests, and Forestry: Principles of Managing Forests for Biological Diversity, 2nd ed. (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 2011), 259.

J. Gibbs, M.L. Hunter, Jr., and E. Sterling, Problem-Solving in Conservation Biology and Wildlife Management: Exercises for Class, Field, and Laboratory, 2nd ed. (Oxford, United Kingdom: Blackwell Publishing, 2008), 328.

M.L. Hunter, D. Lindenmayer, and A. J.K. Calhoun, Saving the Earth as a Career: Advice on Becoming a Conservation Professional (Oxford, United Kingdom: Blackwell Publishing, 2007), 200.

M.L. Hunter, Jr. and J.P. Gibbs, Fundamentals of Conservation Biology, 3rd ed. (Oxford, United Kingdom: Blackwell Publishing, 2007), 497.

M.L. Hunter, Jr., Fundamentals of Conservation Biology, 2nd ed. (Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Science, 2002), 547.

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