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Dr. Jeff Larkin

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PhD Animal Sciences – University of Kentucky

MS Forestry – University of Kentucky

BA Biology – Ithaca College


Wildlife Ecology and Management, Conservation Biology, Landscape Ecology, Restoration Ecology


During his academic and professional career, Dr. Larkin has been involved in several research projects on a variety of wildlife conservation topics. This reflects his diverse research interests, including songbird ecology and conservation, habitat management and restoration, wildlife-habitat relationships, large mammal restoration, small population biology, and impacts of human disturbances on biodiversity. Dr. Larkin’s research is best describe as applied. That is, he and his students synthesis their research fingings into applied information that is used by various government agencies and NGOs to better manage and conserve wildlife and their habitats.

Prior to joining the IUP faculty, Dr. Larkin was a research associate at the University of Kentucky and a visiting scholar at Yellowstone National Park. Dr. Larkin has published extensively in professional journals and has contributed chapters to several books, as well as editing Large Mammal Restoration: Ecological and Sociological Challenges in the 21st Century, which won the 2002 Wildlife Society book award. Dr. Larkin has organized and presented at numerous national and international symposia and conferences. He promotes active scholarship and applied research within the IUP Biology Department. He is also a member of the Wildlife Society, the Society for Conservation Biology, the Cerulean Warbler Technical Committee, and the Golden-winged Warbler Working Group

Research projects that Dr. Larkin and his students have recently finished or are actively working on include: 1) Estimating black bear population size in Kentucky; 2) Estimating fisher population size and distribution in Pennsylvania; 3) Cerulean Warbler response to forest management in the Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky; 4) Golden-winged Warbler breeding ecology and response to habitat management in Central Pennsylvania; 5) Identifying high-quality habitats of the Allegheny Woodrat within the Chestnut and Laurel Ridge systems of Pennsylvania; 6) Multi-scale resource selection of Pennsylvania elk; 6) Migratory behavior of the red bat; and 7) Use of wildlife overpasses by moose and roe deer in southwest Sweden.


Boves, T.J., A.D. Rodewald, D.A. Buehler, P.B. Wood, J.L. Larkin, P.D. Keyser, and T.B. Wigley. Habitat quality from individual to population-level perspectives and implications for management. Wildlife Society Bulletin in press.

Maigret, T.J., J.J Cox, D.R. Schneider, C.D. Barton, S.J. Price and, J.L. Larkin. Effects of timber harvest within streamside management zones on salamander populations in ephemeral streams of southeastern Kentucky. Forest Ecology and Management in press.

Bellush, E.C. J. Duchamp, J.L. Confer, and J. L. Larkin. Influence of plant species composition on golden-winged warbler foraging ecology. Studies in Avian Biology in press

Frantz, M., K.R. Aldinger, P.B. Wood, J.D., T. Nuttle, A. Vitz, and J.L. Larkin. Space and habitat use by breeding Golden-Winged Warblers in the central Appalachian Mountains. Studies in Avian Biology in press

Terhune, T.M., K.R. Aldinger, D.A. Buehler, J.L. Confer, D.J. Flaspohler, J.L. Larkin, J.P. Loegering, K.L. Percy, A.M. Roth, C. Smalling, and P.B. Wood. Golden-winged warbler nest-site habitat selection. Studies in Avian Biology in press

Sheehan, J. P.B. Wood, D.A. Buehler, P.D. Keyser, J.L. Larkin, A.D. Rodewald, T.B. Wigley, T.J. Boves, G.A. George, M.H. Bakermans, T. A. Beachy, A.Evans, M.E. McDermott, F.L. Newell, K. A. Perkins, and M.B. White. 2013. Avian response to timber harvesting applied experimentally to manage Cerulean Warbler breeding populations. Forest Ecology and Management 321:5-18. 

Unger, D.E., J.J. Cox, H.B. Harris, J.L. Larkin, B. Augustine, S. Dobey, J. M. Guthrie, J.T. Hast, R. Jensen, S. Murphy, J. Plaxico, and D.S. Maehr. 2013. History and current status of the Black Bear in Kentucky. Northeastern Naturalist 20:289-308.

Boves, T.J., D.A. Buehler, P.B. Wood, A.D. Rodewald, J.L. Larkin, P.D. Keyser, and T.B. Wigley. 2014. Multiple plumage traits convey information about age and within age-class qualities of a canopy-dwelling songbird, the cerulean warbler. Auk 131:20-31.

Newell, F.L., J. Sheehan, P.B. Wood, A.D. Rodewald, D.A. Buehler, P.D. Keyser, J.L. Larkin, T.A. Beachy, M. Bakermans, T.J. Boves, A. Evans, G.A. George, M.E. McDermott, K.A. Perkins, M.B. White, and T.B. Wigley. 2013. Comparison of point counts and territory mapping for detecting effects of forest management on songbirds. Journal of Field Ornithology 84: 270-286.

Gess, S.W., E. H. Ellington M. Dzialak, J. Duchamp, M. Lovallo, and J.L. Larkin. 2013. Rest site selection by fishers (Martes pennanti) in the eastern deciduous forest. Wildlife Society Bulletin (37:805-814).

Boves, T.J., D.A. Buehler, J. Sheehan, P.B. Wood, A.D. Rodewald, J.L. Larkin, P.D. Keyser, F.L. Newell, A. Evans, G.A. George, and T.B. Wigley. 2013. Spatial variation in breeding habitat selection by Cerulean Warblers throughout the Appalachian Mountains. The Auk 130:46-59.

Boves, T.J., D.A. Buehler, J. Sheehan, P.B. Wood, A.D. Rodewald, J.L. Larkin, P.D, Keyser, F.L. Newell, G.A. George, A. Evans, M.H. Bakermans, A. Evans, T.A. Beachy, M.E. McDermott, K.A. Perkins, M. White, and T.B. Wigley. 2013. Emulating natural disturbances for declining late-successional species: A case study of the consequences for cerulean warblers (Setophaga cerulea). PLoS ONE. 8(1): e52107

Larkin, J.L., P. B. Wood, T. J. Boves, J. Sheehan, D. A. Buehler, P. D. Keyser, A. D. Rodewald, T. A. Beachy, M. H. Bakermans, A. Evans, G. A. George, M. E. McDermott, F.L. Newell, K. A. Perkins, M. White, and T. B. Wigley. 2012. Breeding Season Concerns and Response to Forest Management: Can Forest Management Produce More Breeding Birds? Ornitologia Neotropical 23: 283-287.

Smith, B., J. Botero, J.L. Larkin, A.D. Rodewald, P.B. Wood, P.N. Angel, and S. Eggerud. 2012. Integrating conservation management, species protection, and economic viability into sustainable land use practices for the Cerulean Warbler (setophaga cerulea) in the Appalachian and northern Andes Mountains. Ornitologia Neotropical 23: 329-334.

Smyser, T.J., J.E. Duchamp, S.A. Johnson, J.L. Larkin, and O.E. Rhodes, Jr. 2012. Consequences of metapopulation collapse: Comparison of genetic attributes between two Allegheny woodrat metapopulations. Conservation Genetics 13:849-858.

Dodd,L.E., M.J. Lacki, E.R. Britzke,D.A. Buehler, P.D. Keyser, J.L. Larkin, A.D. Rodewald, T.B. Wigley, P.B. Wood, and L.R. Rieske. 2012. Forest structure affects trophic linkages: how silvicultural disturbance impacts bats and their insect prey. Forest Ecology and Management 267:262-270.

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