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Todd C. Atwood

Title: Research Wildlife Biologist
Address: 4210 University Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508-4626
Phone: (907) 786-7093
Fax: (907) 786-7150

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Education and/or Training

Ph.D.2006Utah State UniversityWildlife Biology
M.S.2002Purdue UniversityWildlife Ecology
B.S.1999Purdue UniversityWildlife Ecology

Areas of Specialization and/or Research Interests

Spatial ecology, population ecology, predator-prey dynamics, polar bear ecology

Professional Experience

2012 - presentResearch Wildlife Biologist and Project Leader, USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, AK
2008 - 2012Research Wildlife Biologist, USDA/APHIS/WS/National Wildlife Research Center, Fort Collins, CO
2006 - 2008Research Biologist, Research Branch, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Phoenix, AZ
2006Biological Technician, USDA/National Wildlife Research Center, Fort Collins, CO
2002 - 2006Research Assistant, Department of Wildland Resources, Utah State University, Logan UT
2000 - 2002Research Assistant, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Professional Activities and/or Memberships

The Wildlife Society
International Association for Bear Research and Management
American Society of Mammalogists

Honors and/or Awards

2010 USDA/APHIS/WS/National Wildlife Research Center- Outstanding Research Publication
2009 USDA/APHIS/WS/National Wildlife Research Center- Certificate of Merit
2008 USDA/APHIS/WS/National Wildlife Research Center- Outstanding Research Publication
2006 USDA/APHIS/WS/National Wildlife Research Center- Certificate of Merit.
2006-07 American Association for the Advancement of Science- membership award.
2002-03 Presidential Fellowship, Utah State University.
1999 Outstanding Senior in Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University.
1999 Senior Academic Merit Award, Purdue University.
1999 William A. Rafferty Award, Purdue University.

Significant Recent Publications

Algeo, T. P., M. Palace, D. Slate, R. M. Caron, T. C. Atwood, S. Recuenco, R. B. Chipman and M. Ducey. Submitted. Remote sensing: A potential role in wildlife rabies management. Journal of Wildlife Diseases. Submitted.

Kunkel, K. E., T. K. Ruth, T. C. Atwood, D. H. Pletscher, and M. G. Hornocker. 2013. Assessing the value of wolves and cougars as conservation surrogates. Animal Conservation 16(1):32-40. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-1795.2012.00568.x

Atwood, T. C. and S. W. Breck. 2012. Carnivores, Conflict, and Conservation: Defining the Landscape of Conflict. Pages xxx-xxx in xxxx and xxx (eds.). Carnivores: Species, Conservation, and Management. Nova Publishers. In Press.

Beasley, J., W. Beatty, T. C. Atwood, S. Johnson and O. E. Rhodes. 2012. Evaluation of methods to estimate raccoon densities. Journal of Wildlife Management. In press.

Oakley, K. L., M. E. Whalen, D. C. Douglas, M. S. Udevitz, T. C. Atwood, and C. V. Jay. 2012. Changing Arctic Ecosystems: Polar bear and walrus response to the rapid decline in Arctic sea ice. USGS Fact Sheet 2012-3131, 4 p.

Atwood, T. C., J. K. Young, J. Beckmann, S. W. Breck, O. E. Rhodes, J. Fike and K. D. Bristow. 2011. Modeling connectivity of black bears in a desert sky island archipelago. Biological Conservation 144:2851-2862.

Atwood, T. C., T. L. Fry and B. R. Leland. 2011. Partitioning of a limited resource by sympatric carnivores in the Chihuahuan Desert and the implications for disease transmission. Journal of Wildlife Management 75:1609-1615.

Fry, T. L., T. C. Atwood and M. R. Dunbar. 2010. Utility of rhodamine B as a biomarker in raccoons. Human-Wildlife Interactions 4:275-282.

Atwood, T. C. and E. M. Gese. 2010. Importance of resource selection and social behaviour to partitioning of hostile space by sympatric canids. Journal of Mammalogy 91:490-499.

Atwood, T. C., E. M. Gese and K. E. Kunkel. 2009. Spatial decomposition of predation risk in a multiple-predator multiple-prey system. Journal of Wildlife Management 73:876-884.

Atwood, T. C., T. DeLiberto, H. J. Smith, J. Stevenson and K. C. VerCauteren. 2009. Raccoon spatial ecology related to cattle and bovine tuberculosis. Journal of Wildlife Management 73:647-654.

VerCauteren, K. C., T. C. Atwood, T. DeLiberto, H. J. Smith, J. Stevenson, T. Gidlewski and B. V. Thomsen. 2008. Sentinel-based surveillance of coyotes to detect bovine tuberculosis in Michigan. Emerging Infectious Diseases 14:1862-1869.

Atwood, T. C. and E. M. Gese. 2008. Coyotes (Canis latrans) and recolonizing wolves (Canis lupus): Social rank mediates risk-conditional behaviour at ungulate carcasses. Animal Behaviour 75:753-762.

Atwood, T. C., K. C. VerCauteren, T. DeLiberto, H. J. Smith and J. Stevenson. 2007. Coyotes as a potential sentinel species to detect bovine tuberculosis (Mycobacterium bovis) infection in white-tailed deer in Michigan. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:1545-1554.

Atwood, T. C., E. M. Gese and K. E. Kunkel. 2007. Comparative patterns of predation by cougars and recolonizing wolves. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:1098-1106.

Atwood, T. C. 2006. Behavioral interactions between wolves, Canis lupus, and coyotes, Canis latrans, at ungulate carcasses in southwest Montana. Western North American Naturalist 66:390-394.

Atwood, T. C. 2006. The influence of habitat patch attributes on coyote group size and interaction in a fragmented landscape. Canadian Journal of Zoology 84:80-87.

Atwood, T. C., H. P. Weeks, Jr. and T. M. Gehring. 2004. Spatial ecology of coyotes along a suburban-to-rural gradient. Journal of Wildlife Management 85:1000-1009.

Atwood, T. C. and H. P. Weeks, Jr. 2003. Sex-specific patterns of mineral lick preference in white-tailed deer. Northeastern Naturalist 10:409-414.

Atwood, T. C. and H. P. Weeks, Jr. 2003. Spatial home-range overlap and temporal interaction in eastern coyotes: The influence of pair types and fragmentation. Canadian Journal of Zoology 81:1589-1598.

Swihart, R. K., T. C. Atwood, J. R. Goheen, D. A. Scheiman, K. E. Munroe and T. M. Gehring. 2003. Patch occupancy in North American mammals: Is patchiness in the eye of the beholder? Journal of Biogeography 30:1259-1279.

Atwood, T. C. and H. P. Weeks, Jr. 2002. Facultative dyad formation in adult male coyotes. Northeastern Naturalist 9:353-358.

Atwood, T. C. and H. P. Weeks, Jr. 2002. Sex- and age-specific patterns of mineral lick use by white-tailed deer. American Midland Naturalist 148:289-296.

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