Fuller, Todd K.
Professor and Associate Department Head
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.
Current Students and Their Projects
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
Eric LeFlore – (Ph.D., ECo, co-advised with Andrew Stein) – Lion ecology and conservation in Botswana
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
Chris Zieminski (MS, W&FCON) – Trophic relationships of carnivores in Newfoundland
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
McCarthy, J., T. K. Fuller, K. McCarthy, H. Wibisono, and M. Livolsi. 2012. Using camera trap photos and direct sightings to identify possible refugia for the Sumatran striped rabbit Nesolagus netscheri. Oryx 46:438-441.
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.
Updated: December 15, 2014