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Fuller, Todd K.

Professor and Associate Department Head

128 Holdsworth
Email: tkfuller

Primary interests

Dr. Fuller’s research efforts focus on identifying factors affecting variation in mammal density and distribution. Whether a species is recognized as endangered, a nuisance, or harvestable, knowledge of its natural history and population ecology is essential in order to predict or responsibly manage population change. In order to better understand the mechanisms of this change, Dr. Fuller and his students capture, mark, and monitor a variety of carnivores, ungulates, and smaller herbivores to document their movements, habitat use, food habits, survival, reproduction, social behavior, and density, then synthesize results from their own and other studies. They survey populations through direct and indirect means (e.g., scats, tracks, calls, cameras) to assess distribution and relative abundance, and also collaborate with colleagues to investigate roles of disease, genetics, nutrition, morphology, and human activities in population regulation and species conservation.

Graduate Student Opportunities

Current Students and Their Projects

Bridget Amulike (Ph.D., ECo , co-advised with Curt Griffin) – Gray crowned crane ecology conservation in Tanzania

Buuvei Bayarbaatar (Ph.D., W&FCON) – Distribution and population dynamics of saiga antelope in western Mongolia

Patrick Boundja (Ph.D., ECo , co-advised with Curt Griffin) – Forest elephants in Congo

Juan Carlos Cruz Diaz (PhD., ECo, co-advised with Eduardo Carrillo) – Conservation of jaguars and their prey on the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.

Eric LeFlore  (Ph.D., ECo, co-advised with Andrew Stein) – Lion ecology and conservation in Botswana

Zalmai Moheb (PhD., ECo, co-advised with Peter Zahler) – Drivers of snow leopard-human conflict in the mountains of northeastern Afghanistan

Victor Montalvo G. (PhD., ECo, co-advised with Eduardo Carrillo) – Conservation of jaguars and their prey in the dry forests of northwestern Costa Rica

Wulan Pusparini – (Ph.D., ECo, co-advised with Paul Sievert) – Ecology and conservation of the Sumatran rhinoceros in Sumatra

Nathaniel Rayl (Ph.D., W&FCON, co-advised with John Organ) – Black bear movements and predation in Newfoundland

Carolina Sáenz (PhD., ECo, co-advised with Eduardo Carrillo) – Factors affecting the distribution of jaguars and their prey in the humid northeast forests of Costa Rica

Hollie Sutherland (MSc., ECo, co-advised with Steve DeStefano) – Citizen Science and the use of camera traps to inform wildlife conservation in Massachusetts

Ana Quiñónez C. (MS, ECo, co-advised with Tim Randhir) – Systems assessment of the Neotropical otter (/Lontra longicaudis)/ in the Lake Yojoa watershed of Honduras

Chris Zieminski (MS, W&FCON) – Trophic relationships of carnivores in Newfoundland


Recent Publications

Pusparini, W., P.R. Sievert, T.K. Fuller, T.O. Randhir, and N. Andayani. 2015. Rhinos in the parks: an island-wide survey of the last wild population of the Sumatran rhinoceros. PLOS ONE 10(9): e0136643. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0136643

Rayl, N.D., T.K. Fuller, J.F. Organ, J.E. McDonald, Jr., R.D. Otto, G. Bastille-Rousseau, C.E. Soulliere, S.P. Mahoney. 2015. Spatiotemporal variation in the distribution of potential predators of a resource pulse: black bears and caribou calves in Newfoundland. Journal of Wildlife Management 79:1041-1050.

Hla Naing, T.K. Fuller, P.R. Sievert, T.O. Randhir, Saw Htoo Tha Po, Myint Maung, A.J. Lynam, Saw Htun, Win Naing Thaw, and Than Myint. 2015. Assessing large mammal and bird richness from camera-trap records in the Hukaung Valley of Northern Myanmar. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 63:376–388.

Sáenz-Bolaños, C., V. Montalvo-Guadamuz, T.K. Fuller, and E. Carrillo-Jiménez. 2015. Records of black jaguars at Parque Nacional Barbilla, Costa Rica. Cat News 62(Spring):38-39

McCarthy, J.L., H.T. Wibisono, K.P. McCarthy, T.K. Fuller, and N. Andayani. 2015. Assessing the distribution and habitat use of four felid species in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia. Global Ecology and Conservation 3:210-221.

Gese, E.M., Knowlton, F.F., J.R. Adams, K. Beck, T.K. Fuller, D.L. Murray, T. Steury, M.K. Stoskopf, W. Waddell, and L.P. Waits. 2015. Managing hybridization in endangered species recovery – the red wolf as a case study. Current Zoology 61:191-205.

Mumma, M.S., C. Zieminski, T.K. Fuller, S.P. Mahoney, and L.P. Waits. 2015. Evaluating noninvasive genetic sampling techniques to estimate large carnivore abundance. Molecular Ecology Resources DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.12390

McCarthy, J.L. and T.K. Fuller. 2014. Records of small carnivores from Bukit Barisan National Park, southern Sumatra, Indonesia. Small Carnivore Conservation 51:59-63.

Jenks, K.E., N. Songsasen, B. Kanchanasaka, P. Leimgruber, and T.K. Fuller. 2014. Local people’s attitudes and perceptions of dholes (Cuon alpinus) around protected areas in southeastern Thailand. Tropical Conservation Science 7:765-780.

Batsaikhan, N., B. Buuveibaatar, B. Chimed-Ochir, O. Enkhtuya, D. Galbrakh, O. Ganbaatar, B. Lhagvasuren, D. Nandintsetseg, J. Berger, J.M. Calabrese, A.E. Edwards, W.F. Fagan, T.K. Fuller, M. Heiner, T.Y.Ito, P. Kaczensky, P. Leimgruber, A. Lushchekina, E.J. Milner-Gulland, T. Mueller, M.G. Murray, K.A. Olson, R. Reading, G.B. Schaller, A. Stubbe, M. Stubbe, C. Walzer, H. von Wehrden, and T. Whitten. 2014. Crossing a new line: conserving the world’s finest grassland amidst ambitious national development. Conservation Biology 28:1736-1739.

Rayl, N.D., T.K. Fuller, J.F. Organ, J.E. McDonald, Jr.. R.D. Otto, and S.P. Mahoney. 2014. Den abandonment and transitional day bed use by black bears /Ursus americanus/ in Newfoundland. Wildlife Biology 20:222-228.

Buuveibaatar, B., T. K. Fuller, J. K. Young, and J. Berger. 2014. Calving location selection patterns of saiga antelope in Mongolia. Journal of Zoology 294:241-247.

Rayl, N. D., T. K. Fuller, J. F. Organ, J. E. McDonald, Jr., S. P.Mahoney, C. Soulliere, S. Gullage, T. Hodder, F. Norman, T. Porter, G. Bastille-Rousseau, J. Schaefer, and D. L. Murray. 2014. Mapping the  distribution of a prey resource: neonate caribou in Newfoundland. Journal of Mammalogy 95:328-339.

Olson, K., E.A. Larsen, T. Mueller, P. Leimgruber, T.K. Fuller, G.B. Schaller, and W.F. Fagan. 2014. Survival probabilities of adult Mongolian gazelles. Journal of Wildlife Management 78:35-41.

Sitompul, A.F., C.R. Griffin, T.K. Fuller. 2013. Diurnal activity and food choice of free-foraging captive elephants at the Seblat Elephant Conservation Center, Sumatra, Indonesia. Gajah 38:19-24.

Matthews, S.M., J.M. Higley, J.T. Finn, K.M. Rennie, C.M. Thompson, K.L. Purcell, R.A. Sweitzer, S.L. Haire, P.R. Sievert, and T.K. Fuller. 2013. An evaluation of a weaning index for wild fishers (/Pekania [Martes] pennanti/) in California. Journal of Mammalogy 94:1161-1168.

Stein, A. B., T. K. Fuller, and L. Marker. 2013. Brown hyena feeding ecology on Namibian farmlands. South African Journal of Wildlife Research 43:27-32.

Buuveibaatar, B., T.K. Fuller, A.E. Fine, and B. Chimeddorj, J. K. Young, and J. Berger. 2013. Changes in grouping patterns of saiga in relation to intrinsic and environmental factors in Mongolia. Journal of Zoology 291:51-58.

Sitompul, A.F., C.R. Griffin, T.K. Fuller. 2013. Sumatran elephant ranging behavior in a fragmented rainforest landscape. International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation 5:66-72.

Calkins, E.S., T.K. Fuller, C.S. Asa, P.R. Sievert, and T.J. Coonan. 2013. Factors influencing reproductive success and litter size in captive island foxes. Journal of Wildlife Management. 77:346-351.

Matthews, S.M., J.M. Higley, K.M. Rennie, R.E. Green, C.A. Goddard, G.M.Wengert, M.W. Gabriel, and T.K. Fuller. 2013. Reproduction, recruitment, and dispersal of fishers (Martes pennanti) in a managed, Douglas-fir forest in California. Journal of Mammalogy 94:100-108.

Buuveibaatar, B., J.K. Young, J. Berger, A. Fine, Lhagvasuren B., P. Zahler, and T.K. Fuller. 2013. Factors affecting survival and cause-specific mortality of saiga calves in Mongolia. Journal of Mammalogy 94:127-136. 



2005 – 2012 Publications

Courses Taught

HONORS 391A – Honors Seminar 2 (1 cr) – Fall
Jaguars are an iconic species of the Americas that have played a critical ecological role in ecosystems from the southwest U.S. to Patagonia, and a deep cultural role in human societies. We explore the ecology and history of jaguars in the Americas, especially the variation in their habits, their perceived value (good and bad) to humans, and the current efforts to conserve them. A combination of readings in popular books and scientific articles, and videos will be used to better understand the current status and potential future of jaguars. Individual research projects related to the course material will be developed and presented by semester’s end.

NRC 211 – Animal Sampling & Identification (1 cr) – Spring
This course provides students with basic skills needed to identify terrestrial vertebrate wildlife and gives them hands on opportunities to utilize typical means of capturing, sampling, and studying such organisms in the field.

NRC 261 Wildlife Conservation (3 cr) – Spring
An introduction to wildlife conservation through lectures and assigned readings concerning ecological processes (including animal behavior, habitat interactions, and population dynamics), effects of humans on life around them, and the wise stewardship of our natural resources. Case studies of various species are used to illustrate the complexities of most conservation and management situations, but also to identify the common themes encountered in wildlife conservation efforts. Emphases include understanding the integral link between wildlife and their environments, the impacts humans have on wildlife (both positive and negative), and the various methods by which wildlife populations are monitored, managed, and preserved.

NRC 391A – Curriculum Planning (1cr.) – Spring
Development of individualized curricula for the NRC Environmental Conservation Concentration’s elective credits. Discussion of University and program graduation requirements, minors, domestic and international exchange programs, internships, and job searches, career planning, etc.

ECO 758 Advanced Wildlife Management (3cr) – Fall
A discussion course with varying current topics in wildlife management and conservation, potentially including topics such as population demography and ecology, habitat assessment and management, wildlife in a changing climate, reintroduction biology, conservation behavior, migratory bird management and conservation, or suburban wildlife ecology and management. Open to Graduate students only.

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