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Dr. Jeff Larkin

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Ph.D. Animal Sciences – University of Kentucky

M.S. Forestry – University of Kentucky

B.A. 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.

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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.


2009 IUP University-wide Outstanding Commitment to Sponsored Projects Award
2007 IUP University-wide Outstanding Achievement in Research
2006 IUP University-wide Forward Focus Research Award
2004 International Mentor Award Karlstad University Sweden
2002 Outstanding book award by the Wildlife Society


Frary, V., J.L. Larkin, J. Duchamp, D. Maehr, and S. Dobey. Abundance and distribution of the Recolonized Kentucky Black Bear. Journal of Wildlife Management in review.

Patton, L. D. Maehr, S. Fie, and J.L.Larkin. Comparative Ecology of Golden-winged Warbler and Blue-winged Warbler on Reclaimed Surface Mines in Kentucky. Avian Conservation and Ecology in review

Vallender, R., S. VanWilgenburg, R.A. Canterbury, J.L.Larkin, I.J. Lovette. Extensivce Rangewide introgression indicates substantial cryptic hybridization in the Golden-winged Warbler. Avian Conservation and Ecology in review

Olsson, M.P.O., J.J. Cox, J.L. Larkin, P. Widen, and A. Olovsson. Space and habitat use of moose in coastal southwestern Sweden. Wildlife Biology in review.

Olsson, M.P.O., P. Widen, J.L. Larkin. 2008. Moose and roe deer use of a highway overpass in Sweden. Landscape and Urban Planning 85:133-139.

J.L. Larkin, D.S. Maehr, J. Krupa, K. Alexy, J.J. Cox, D. Unger, and C. Barton. 2008. Small Mammal Response to Vegetation and Soil Conditions on a Reclaimed Surface Mine in Eastern Kentucky. Southeastern Naturalist 7:401-412.

Olsson, M.P.O., J.J. Cox, J. L. Larkin, D.S. Maehr, P. Widen, and M.W. Wichrowskil. 2007. Movement and activity patterns of Reintroduced Elk (Cervus elaphus nelsoni) on an active coal mine in eastern Kentucky. Wildlife Biology in Practice 3:1-8.

Cox, J.J., D.S. Maehr, and J.L. Larkin. 2007. Florida Panther Habitat Use: New approach to an old problem. Journal of Wildlife Management 70: 1778-1785.

Maehr, D.S., P. Crowley, J.J. Cox, M.L. Lacki, J.L. Larkin, T.S. Hoctor, L.D. Harris, and P.M. Hall. 2006. Of cats and Haruspices: genetic intervention in the Florida panther. Animal Conservation 9:127-132.

Schneider, J., D.S. Maehr, K. Alexy, J.J. Cox, J.L. Larkin, and B.C. Reeder. 2006. Food habits of reintroduced elk in eastern Kentucky. Southeastern Naturalist 5:535-546.

Dzialak, M.R., T. Carter, M. J. Lacki, J.L. Larkin, and S. Vorisek. 2005. Corridors affect dispersal initiation in reintroduced peregrine falcons. Animal Conservation 8:421-430.

Seward, N.W., J.J. Cox, J. Brown, and J.L. Larkin. 2005. Eastern phoebe uses elk hair as nesting material. Kentucky Warbler 81: 33

Maehr, D.S. and J.L. Larkin. 2005. Response to Beckage et al. (2004): Fire regimes and large terrestrial carnivores in south Florida. Natural Areas Journal 25:8-9.

Wichrowski, M. W., D. S. Maehr, J.L. Larkin, J. J. Cox, and M. Olsson. 2005. Activity and movements of reintroduced elk in southeastern Kentucky. Southeastern Naturalist 4:365-374.

Seward, N.W., D.S. Maehr, J. Gassett, J.J. Cox, and J.L. Larkin. 2005. Field searches versus vaginal-implant transmitters for locating elk calves. Wildlife Society Bulletin 33:751-755.

Patton L. L., S. Vorsek and J.L. Larkin. 2004. Golden-winged warbler on surface mines in Kentucky. Kentucky Warbler 80:73-75.

Maehr, D.S., J.L. Larkin, and J.J. Cox. 2004. Shopping centers as panther habitat: inferring animal location from models. Ecology and Society 9(2): 9.

Cox, J.J. and J.L. Larkin. 2004. Monitoring the state-endangered Common Raven (Corvax corax) in southeastern Kentucky. Endangered Species Update: science, policy, and emerging issues 21:109-112.

Larkin, J.L., J.J. Cox, M.W. Wichrowski, M.R. Dzialak and D.S. Maehr. 2004. Influences on release site fidelity of translocated elk. Restoration Ecology 12: 97-105.

Larkin, J.L., D.S. Maehr, T.S. Hoctor, and K. Whitney. 2004. Landscape linkages and conservation planning for the black bear in west-central Florida. Animal Conservation 7:23-34.

Secrist, D. D., D.S. Maehr, and J.L. Larkin. 2004. Potential impacts of reintroduced elk on amphibian distribution and abundance in eastern Kentucky, U.S.A. Natural Areas Journal 24:65-68.

Maehr, D.S. and J.L. Larkin. 2004. Do frequent fires in south Florida reduce habitat quality for native carnivores? Natural Areas Journal 24:188-197.

Maehr, D.S. and J.L. Larkin. 2004. Prescribed Burns and Large Carnivores in South Florida: Can Fire be too much of a Good Thing? North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. Spokane, WA. 2004:369-383.

Larkin, J.L., J.J. Cox, M.W. Wichrowski, D. Bolin, and D.S. Maehr. 2003. Demographic characteristics of a reintroduced elk population. Journal of Wildlife Management 67:467-476.

Cox, J.J., N.W. Seward, J.L. Larkin, and D.S. Maehr. 2003. Common raven constructs nest in eastern Kentucky. Southeastern Naturalist 2:99-104.

Confer,J.L., J.L. Larkin, and P. Allen. 2003. Effects of vegetation, interspecific competition, and brood parasitism on golden-winged warbler nesting success. Auk 120:138-144.

Larkin, J. L., K. Alexy, D. Bolin, J. Cox, and D. Maehr. 2003. Meningeal worm in a reintroduced elk population in Kentucky. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 39:588-592.

Maehr, D., J. Smith, J. L. Larkin, and M. Orlando. 2003. Spatial characteristics of an isolated Florida black bear population 2:433-446.

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