Professor of Wildlife Ecology
Libra Professor of Conservation Biology
5755 Nutting Hall, Room 226
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5775
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 of 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 U.S. Forest Service.