Robert "Rob" K. Swihart

Purdue University
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
715 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2061
Office Phone: (765) 494-3590
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Office Location: Pfendler Hall, Room 125
E-mail Address: rswihart@purdue.edu
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Overview

My research interests include effects of habitat loss and fragmentation on wildlife, especially in agricultural landscapes, population and community ecology of mammals, spatial ecology, factors influencing dispersal of seeds by vertebrates, interactions of mammalian herbivores and woody plants, and wildlife damage management. Details of this work have been published in various journals (see CV). I tend to rely on a combination of mathematical, experimental, and comparative approaches to address the importance of spatial structure for behavioral and ecological processes affecting the conservation and management of vertebrates. I try to balance theoretical advances with applications to human-dominated systems. My research also spans levels of biological organization from individuals to communities and spatial scales ranging from microsites to continents. Most of my research tends to be fairly quantitative.

I enjoy working with graduate students and recently was recognized as Outstanding Graduate Educator in the College of Agriculture at Purdue. A more detailed description of the work undertaken by me and my students can be found in Research Interests.

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