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Wildlife Ecology

Eric Anderson, Ph.D.

Professor

Contact Information
Phone: (715) 346-3859
Fax: (715) 346-3624
E-mail: eric.anderson@uwsp.edu
Office: TNR 342



Biography

Eric Anderson is a professor in the Wildlife Program at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, where he teaches courses in conservation biology, ecology, biostatistics, and wildlife field techniques. Teaching and the myriad interactions with his students from freshmen through graduate students are his "raison d'etre".

Although teaching is his passion, he maintains an active interest in research. His work has focused primarily on carnivores, particularly bobcats, wolves, and black-footed ferrets, but he has also worked with songbirds, turtles, bats, and flying squirrels. He has authored numerous scientific journal articles on North American carnivores, and particularly on the bobcat. He has also co-authored several book chapters dealing with carnivores and wildlife habitat selection. Currently, Anderson and his students are investigating wolf pup survival in central Wisconsin and the potential presence of cougars in the state.

Education

  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Wildlife Biology
    Colorado State University 1987
  • Master of Science in Wildlife Biology
    Colorado State University 1985
  • Bachelor of Science and Secondary Provisional Teaching
    Certificate in Natural Resources and Environmental Education
    Michigan State University 1978

Career Highlights

ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE/FULL PROFESSOR - University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. 8/1990 - present. Discipline Coordinator for the Wildlife Program (1995-2000); faculty advisor for UWSP's Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society (1998-present).

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR - Center for Enviro. Sciences, Unity College, Unity, ME. 9/1987 - 6/1990.

WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST - U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mtn. For. and Range Exp. Station, Ft. Collins, CO. 4 - 6/87

GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT - Dept. Fish. and Wildlife Biology, Colo. State Univ. 9/1985 - 5/1986.

INSTRUCTOR - Nat'l Wildlife Federation, Rocky Mtn. Nat'l Park, CO and Bowdoin College, ME. 7/1986-91. Taught week-long courses in wildlife ecology and management to adults. Courses included 2 hours of lecture and 5-6 hours of field trips daily.

GRAD RESEARCH ASSISTANT - Colo. Coop. Wildlife Res. Unit, Colo. State Univ. Sep 1982 - Aug 1985.

HERBARIUM COORDINATOR - University of Michigan, Dearborn, Michigan. 1975-1976.

RIVER/WILDERNESS RANGER - U.S. Forest Service, Routt Nat'l Forest, Walden, CO. 5/1982 - 8/1982.

SCIENCE TEACHER - Kingsbury Middle School, Oxford, Michigan. 9/1979 - 6/1980. Developed and taught science and environmental education curriculum in grades 6-8. Developed a computer center. Initiated an outdoor adventure/challenge program.

Professional Affiliations

  • The Wildlife Society (1982 - present)
  • Society for Conservation Biology (1991 - present)
  • Wisconsin Chapter of the Wildlife Society (1990 - present)
  • American Society of Mammalogists (1982 - present)
  • 1991-present - Member of Wisc. Dept. Natural Resources (WDNR) Furbearer Advisory Board
  • 1991-present - Member of Wisc. Dept. Natural Resources (WDNR) Wolf Advisory Committee
  • April 2000 - Technical advisor to the National Park Service in the Great Lakes Region for designing inventory and monitoring protocols for the parks.
  • 1995-1997 - Member of the National Land Trust Alliance Biodiversity Advisory Board, Washington, D.C.

Courses

  • Natural Resources 151 - Ecological Basis of Natural Resource Management
  • Wildlife 305 - Carnivore Ecology
  • Wildlife 458/658 - Conservation Biology
  • Wildlife 390 - Field Techniques for Wildlife - Treehaven Field Camp
  • Wildlife 499 - Independent Study
  • Wildlife 758 - Advanced Conservation Biology

Honors and Awards

2004 - University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, Excellence in Teaching Award
2003 - University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Excellence in Teaching Award
2002 - College of Natural Resources Outstanding Teacher Award
2000 - Nominated by for University Excellence in Teaching Award (declined nomination)
1995 - Theta Xi Fraternity - Award of Excellence for outstanding teaching
1993 - Outstanding CNR Faculty Award

Recent Professional Service

1991-present - Member of Wisc. Dept. Natural Resources (WDNR) Furbearer Advisory Board

1991-present - Member of Wisc. Dept. Natural Resources (WDNR) Wolf Advisory Committee

April 2000 - Technical advisor to the National Park Service in the Great Lakes Region for designing inventory and monitoring protocols for the parks.

1995-1997 - Member of the National Land Trust Alliance Biodiversity Advisory Board, Washington, D.C.

Select Publications

Book Chapters

*Anderson, E.M. and M.J. Lovallo. 2003. Bobcat and Lynx. Pages 758-786 in G.A. Feldhamer, B.C. Thompson, and J.A. Chapman, eds. Wild Mammals of North America: Biology, Management, and Conservation. Johns Hopkins University Press.

*Boyce, M.S., and E.M. Anderson. 1999. Evaluating the role of carnivores in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Pages 265-283 in T. W. Clark, A. Peyton Curlee, S. C. Minta, and P. M. Karieva, eds. Carnivores in Ecosystems, Yale Univ. Press, New Haven, Conn. 429 pp.

*Litvaitis, J. A., K. Titus, and E. M. Anderson. 1994. Measuring vertebrate use of terrestrial habitats and foods. Pages 254-274 in T.A. Bookhout (ed). Wildlife Techniques Manual, 5th edition. The Wildlife Society, Washington, D.C.

Journal Articles

*Anderson, E.M., A. Wydeven, and R.M. Holsman. 2004. Distribution of cougar sightings in Wisconsin 1994-2003. Pages XXX-XXX in J.A. Tischafer, and H. McGinnis, eds. Proceedings of the 2nd Eastern Cougar Conference, West Virginia.

*Pauli, J.N., S. A. Dubay, E. M. Anderson, and S. J. Taft. 2004. Strongyloides robustus and the northern sympatric populations of northern and southern flying squirrels. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 40:579-582.

*Donner-Wright, D.M., M.A. Bozek, J.R. Probst, and E.M. Anderson. 1999. Distribution and abundance of turtles along the St. Croix River, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Canadian Journal of Zoology 77:989-1000.

Kohn, B.E., J.L. Frair, D.E. Unger, T.M. Gehring, D.P. Shelly, E.M. Anderson, and P.W. Keenlance. 1999. Impacts of highway construction on wolves in northwestern Wisconsin. Pages 53-65 in Evink, G.L., P. Garrett, and D. Zeigler, eds. Third International Conference on Wildlife Ecology and Transportation. Florida DOT. 330 pp.

*Lovallo, M.J., and E.M. Anderson. 1996. Bobcat movements and home ranges relative to roads in Wisconsin. Wildlife Soc. Bull. 24:71-76.

*Lovallo, M.J., and E.M. Anderson. 1996. Bobcat home range size and habitat use in northwestern Wisconsin. Amer. Midl. Nat. 135:241-252.

* - indicates peer reviewed

Presentations

Anderson,E.M., A. Wydeven, and R.M. Holsman. 2004. Distribution of cougar sightings in Wisconsin 1994-2003. Second Eastern Cougar Conference, West Virginia.

Anderson, E.M. 2001. The science of land conservation: fundamentals of conservation biology. Paper presented at the Land Trust Alliance National Rally, Baltimore, MD.

Anderson, E.M. 2001. Wildlife inventory techniques: an introduction in the field. Two all-day workshop conducted for the Land Trust Alliance National Rally, Baltimore, MD

Anderson, E.M. 2000. Small mammal population estimation techniques. Two-day workshop conducted for the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee at their biological field station, Saukville, WI.

Livieri, T., and E. M. Anderson. 2000. Resource selection by black-footed ferrets (Mustela nigripes) at Conata Basin/Badlands, South Dakota. Paper presented at the Wildlife Society 7th Annual Conference, Nashville, TN

Research Grants

National Park Service (1997, 98, 99) for black-footed ferrets research in South Dakota - $15,707

Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources (1991,92,93,94, 95, 96) for bobcat and wolf research - $93,600

Safari Club International (1991,92) for bobcat research- $5,500