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, Forest Managment
During my academic and professional career, I have been involved in
several research projects on a variety of wildlife conservation topics.
This reflects my 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. My research is best
describe as applied. That is, my students and I synthesis our research
findings into applied information that is used by various government
agencies and conservation organizations to better manage and conserve
wildlife and their habitats.
Prior to joining the IUP faculty, I
was a research associate at the University of Kentucky and a visiting
scholar at Yellowstone National Park. I have published extensively in
professional journals and havw 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. My students and I present our research findings at numerous
national and international symposia and conferences. I promote active
scholarship and applied research within the IUP Biology Department. I am
a certified Wildlife Biologist, member of the Wildlife Society and
American Ornithological Society, Science Advisor for USDA-NRCS’s Working
Lands For Wildlife program, and member of the PA-DCNR’s Ecosystem
Management Advisor Committee. Since 2013, I have been serving as the
American Bird Conservancy's Eastern Forest Bird Habitat Coordinator. My
primary role in this position is to work with conservation partners to
implement science-based conservation in the Eastern United States, but
also in Central and South America. I believe strongly that researchers
should take an active role in converting their conservation science into
conservation action! My graduate students have gone on to PhD
programs at Trent University, West Virginia University, Cornell
University, University of Wyoming, SUNY-ESF, and Tulane
University and Careers with state and federal agencies, conservation
organizations, academia, and private consulting companies.
projects that my students and I have recently finished or are actively
working on include: 1) Conservation of Neotropical migratory birds
within tropical hardwood and oil palm plantations in Guatemala; 2)
Fisher occupancy and distribution in Pennsylvania; 3) Cerulean Warbler
post-fledging habitat selection; 4) Golden-winged Warbler breeding
response to habitat created through NRCS’s Working Lands for Wildlife
Program; 5) Influence of microhabitat on Honduran Emerald (Amazilia
luciae) abundance in tropical dry forest remnants; 6) Multi-scale
resource selection of Pennsylvania elk; 7) State-wide genetic atlas for
Allegheny Woodrats and fisher in Pennsylvania; 8) American Woodcock
response to young forest management on public and private lands in the
Central Appalachians and Western Great Lakes states; and 9)
Golden-winged Warbler post-fledging habitat selection in Pennsylvania.
Nareff, G., P. Wood, D. Brown, T. Fearer, J. L. Larkin, and M. Ford.
Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea) response to operational
silviculture in the central Appalachian region. Forest Ecology and
Lutter, S., A. Dayer, A.
Rodewald, D.J. McNeil, and J.L. Larkin. Young forest management on
private lands as a localized coupled human and natural system. Forests
10, 499; doi:10.3390/f10060499
Rodríguez, F., D. Escoto,
T. Mejía-Ordóñez, L. Ferrufino-Acosta, S. Y. Cruz, J. E. Duchamp, and J.
L. Larkin. 2019. Influence of microhabitat on Honduran Emerald
(Amazilia luciae) abundance in tropical dry forest remnants. Avian
Conservation and Ecology 14(1):3.
McNeil, D.J., C.J.
Fiss, A.D. Rodewald, and J.L. Larkin. Facultative polygamy influence
post-fledging movements in a brood-splitting passerine. Wilson Journal
of Ornithology 131:173-178
J.E. Duchamp, M.T. DeVivo,
J.M. DeBerti, L.M. Heffernan, J.D. Kougher, and J.L. Larkin. 2019.
Habitat selection by female elk when selecting calf bedding sites in the
central Appalachian Mountains. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management
10(1):91–101; e1944-687X. https://doi.org/10.3996/102015-JFWM-097
C.J., D.J. McNeil, F. Rodriguez, A.D. Rodewald, and J.L. Larkin. Hail
induced nest failure and adult mortality in a declining ground-nesting
forest songbird. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 131:165-170.
R.E., W. Leuenberger, B.B. Bosarreyes Leja, A. Sagone Cáceres, K.
Johnson, and J.L. Larkin. Conservation of Neotropical migratory birds
within tropical hardwood and oil palm plantations. PLoS One 13(12):
S., A. Dayer, and J.L. Larkin. Young Forest Conservation Incentive
Programs: Predictors of Re-enrollment and Post-Program Persistence.
Environmental Management. doi.org/10.1007/s00267-018-1127-1
D.J., C.R.V. Otto, E.L. Moser, K.R. Urban-Mead, D.E. King, A.D.
Rodewald, and J.L. Larkin. 2018. Distance Models as a Tool for Modeling
Detection Probability and Density of Native Bumblebees. Journal of
Applied Entomology. DOI: 10.1111/jen.12583
J.L. Larkin, S.E. Eggerud, P.N. Angel, M.E. French, and C.D. Barton.
2018. Flight 93 National Memorial Reforestation Project: Survival and
Health of Native Woody Plants Established on Reclaimed Mineland.
American Society of Mining and Reclamation. DOI: 10.21000/JASMR18020035
J.N., J. Hamr; J.L. Larkin, and F. Mallory. 2018. Black bear (Ursus
americanus) and wolf (Canis spp.) summer diet composition and ungulate
prey selectivity in Ontario, Canada. Mammal Research
McNeil, D. J.,
C. J. Fiss, E. M. Wood, J. Duchamp, M. Bakermans and J.L. Larkin. 2018.
Using a natural reference system to evaluate songbird habitat
restoration. Avian Conservation and Ecology 13(1):22.
Tisdale, A. C.,
J.A. Jones, K.R. Aldinger, M.H. Bakermans, J.L. Larkin, D.J. McNeil,
C.G. Smalling, and L. Siefferman. 2018. Geography and age are related to
plumage coloration of male Golden-winged Warblers (Vermivora
chrysoptera). Wilson Journal of Ornithology 130: 286-296.
J., T.J. Smyser, J. Duchamp, and J.L. Larkin. 2018. Mitochondrial
genome of an Allegheny woodrat (Neotoma magister). Mitochondrial DNA
Part B TMDN. VOL. 3, NO. 1, 256–258.
Lutter, S. A.
Dayer, E.C. Hegganstaller, and J.L. Larkin. 2018. Effects of biological
monitoring and results outreach on private landowner conservation
management. PLoS ONE 13(4): e0194740.
A., P. Klimov, H. Proctor, A. Dowling, L. Diener, S. Hager, J.L. Larkin,
D. Raybuck, C. Fiss, D.J. McNeil, and T. Boves. 2018. Cophylogenetic
assessment of New World warblers (Parulidae) and their symbiotic feather mites (Proctophyllodidae). Journal of Avian Biology. e01580 doi: [10.1111/jav.01580.
A. E., J.L. Larkin, D.W. Raybuck, M.C. Slevin, S.H. Stoleson, and T.J.
Boves. 2017. Feather mite abundance varies but symbiotic nature of
mite-host relationship does not differ between two ecologically
dissimilar warblers. Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3738.
J., J. Duchamp, D.J. McNeil, J. Townsend, and J.L. Larkin. 2017.
Roadside habitat use by the endemic short-headed gartersnake (Thamnophis
brachystoma) in northwestern Pennsylvania, USA. Herpetological
Conservation and Biology 12:655-663.
Raybuck, D.W, J.L.
Larkin, S.H. Stoleson, and T.J. Boves. Response to Streby and Kramer:
Additional considerations for explaining differences in return rates of
geolocator-tagged and control Cerulean Warblers. Condor 119: 852-54.
J.L., D. Raybuck, A. Roth, L. Chavarría-Duriaux, G. Duriaux, M. Siles,
and C. Smalling. 2017. Geolocation technology reveals alignment of
Golden-winged Warbler wintering and breeding grounds conservation
efforts and identifies spring migratory stopover areas. Journal of Field
Ellington E.H., S.W. Gess, E.L.
Koen, J.E. Duchamp, M.J. Lovallo, M.R. Dzialak, and J.L. Larkin. 2017.
Habitat patch use by fishers in the deciduous forest-dominated landscape
of the central Appalachian Mountains, USA. Journal of Fish and Wildlife
Management 8(2): xx-xx; e1944-687X. doi:10.3996/012016-JFWM-006
D.J., Nicks, C., J.C. Wester, M. Lovallo, and J.L. Larkin. 2017. Diet
Composition of Fishers (Pekania pennanti) and Evidence of Frequent
Intraspecific Predation in a Re- introduced Population American Midland
Leuenberger, W., D. J. McNeil, J.
Cohen, and J. L. Larkin. 2017. Characteristics of Golden-winged Warbler
territories in plant communities associated with regenerating forest
and abandoned agricultural fields. Journal of Field Ornithology
Raybuck, D.W, J.L. Larkin, S.H. Stoleson, and
T.J. Boves. 2017. Mixed effects of geolocators on reproduction and
survival of Cerulean Warblers, a canopy-dwelling, long-distance migrant.
Condor 119: 289-297.
Kramer, G.R., H.M. Streby, S.M.
Peterson, J.A. Lehman, D.A. Buehler, P.B. Wood, D.J. McNeil, J.L.
Larkin, and D.E. Andersen. 2017. Nonbreeding isolation and
population-specific migration patterns among three breeding populations
of Golden-winged Warblers. Auk 119:108-121.
A.C. Tisdale, M.H. Bakermans, J.L. Larkin, C.G. Smalling, L. Siefferman.
2017. Multiple plumage ornaments as signals of intrasexual
communication in golden-winged warblers. Ethology 123:145-56.
D.J., K.R. Aldinger, M.H. Bakermans, J.A. Lehman, A.C. Tisdale, J.A.
Jones, P.B. Wood, D.Buehler, C.G. Smalling, L. Siefferman, and J.L.
Larkin. 2017. An Evaluation and Comparison of Conservation Guidelines
for an At-risk Migratory Songbird. Global Ecology and Conservation
Fiss, C.J., D.J. McNeil, R.E. Poole, K.M.
Rogers, and J.L. Larkin. 2016. Prolonged Interspecific Care of Two
Sibling Golden-winged Warblers by a Black-and-white Warbler. Wilson
Irani V.R. and J.L. Larkin. 2016.
Adult Ixodes scapularis Ticks in a Lyme Disease Hot Spot are Vectors for
Emerging Pathogens. SOJ Microbiol Infect Dis 4(3):1-5.
F., D. Escoto, T.M. Ordóñez, L. Ferrufino‐Acosta, S.Y. Cruz, J.L.
Larkin. 2016. Notas Sobre Anidación y Cuidado Maternal del Colibrí
Esmeralda Hondureño (Amazilia Luciae) en El Valle De Agalta, Honduras.
Ornitología Neotropical 27:237-246.
Hofmann, E.P., C.J.
Fiss, K.E. Johnson, F.Rodríguez, J.T. Larkin, J.L. Larkin, L.
Chavarría-Duriaux, G. Duriaux, and Josiah H. Townsend. 2016. Inventario
preliminar de herpetofauna de la Reserva Silvestre Privada El Jaguar
(Jinotega, Nicaragua). Revista Nicaraguense de Biodiversidad 7:3-18.
M. W., K. R. Aldinger, P. B. Wood, J. Duchamp, T. Nuttle, A. Vitz, and
J. L. Larkin. 2016. Space and habitat use of breeding Golden-winged
Warblers in the central Appalachian Mountains. Pp. 81–94 in H. M.
Streby, D. Buehler, and D. E. Andersen (editors). Golden-winged Warbler
ecology, conservation, and habitat management. Studies in Avian Biology
(no. 49), CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.
Bellush, E. C., J.
Duchamp, J. Confer, and J. L. Larkin. 2016. Influence of plant species
composition on Golden-winged Warbler foraging ecology in north-central
Pennsylvania. Pp. 95–108 in H. M. Streby, D. Buehler, and D. E. Andersen
(editors). Golden-winged Warbler ecology, conservation, and habitat
management. Studies in Avian Biology (no. 49), CRC Press, Boca Raton,
Terhune II, T. M., K. R. Aldinger, D. A. Buehler, D.
J. Flaspohler, J. L. Larkin, J. P. Loegering, K. L. Percy, A. M. Roth,
C. Smalling, and P. B. Wood. 2016. Golden-winged Warbler nest-site
habitat selection. Pp. 109–125 in H. M. Streby, D. Buehler, and D. E.
Andersen (editors). Golden-winged Warbler ecology, conservation, and
habitat management. Studies in Avian Biology (no. 49), CRC Press, Boca
Rohrbaugh, R. W., D. A. Buehler, S. Barker
Swarthout, D. I. King, J. L. Larkin, K. V. Rosenberg, A. M. Roth, R.
Vallender, and T. Will. 2016. Conservation perspectives: Review of new
science and primary threats to Golden-winged Warblers. Pp. 207–215 in H.
M. Streby, D. Buehler, and D. E. Andersen (editors). Golden-winged
Warbler ecology, conservation, and habitat management. Studies in Avian
Biology (no. 49), CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.
A C. Tisdale, J.L. Tucker, M.H. Bakermans, J.L. Larkin, C.G. Smalling,
and L. Siefferman. 2016. A case of mistaken identity: understanding the
stimulus of agonism between two wood warblers. Animal Behavior
Wood, E. M., S.E. Barker, W.M. Hochachka, J.L.
Larkin, R.W. Rohrbaugh, K.V. Rosenberg, and A.D. Rodewald. 2016.
Intermediate habitat associations by hybrids may exacerbate genetic
introgression in a songbird. Journal of Avian Biology
Leuenberger, W.L., S. Bearer, P.
McElhenny, B. Leppo, J. Duchamp, S. Johnson, and J.L. Larkin. 2016. A
comparison of Lepidoptera communities inhabiting restored and late
successional pitch pine-scrub oak barrens in Pennsylvania. Natural Areas
Bakermans, M., C. Zeigler, and J.L.
Larkin. 2015. American Woodcock and Golden-winged Warbler Abundance and
Associated Vegetation in Managed Habitats. Northeastern Naturalist
Bakermans, M. H., B. W. Smith, B. C. Jones
and J. L. Larkin. 2015. Stand and within-stand factors influencing
Golden-winged Warbler use of regenerating stands in the central
Appalachian Mountains. Avian Conservation and Ecology 10(1): 10.
[online] URL: http://www.ace-eco.org/vol10/iss1/art10/
K.R., T.M. Terhune II, P.B. Wood, D.A. Buehler, M.H. Bakermans, J.L.
Confer, D.J. Flaspohler, J.L. Larkin, J.P. Loegering, K.L. Percy, A.M.
Roth, and C.G. Smalling. 2015. Variables associated with nest survival
of Golden-winged Warblers (Vermivora chrysoptera) among vegetation
communities commonly used for nesting. Avian Conservation and Ecology 10
(1): 6.[online] URL: http://www.ace-eco.org/vol10/iss1/art6/
T.J., A.D. Rodewald, D.A. Buehler, P.B. Wood, J.L. Larkin, P.D. Keyser,
and T.B. Wigley. 2015. Habitat quality from individual to
population-level perspectives and implications for management. Wildlife
Society Bulletin 39:443-447.