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Patrick A Zollner

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Professor of Wildlife Science
FORS Room 307
195 Marsteller Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2033

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Patrick A. “Pat” Zollner is an Associate Professor of Quantitative Ecology in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) at Purdue University.  Pat received his B.S. in Natural Resources from the School of Natural Resources at the University of Michigan in 1989, his M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from Mississippi State University in 1993, and his Ph.D. in Ecology from Indiana State University in 1998.  Subsequently he worked for six years as a research ecologist in the Northcentral Research Station of the US Forest Service where he was stationed in the Landscape Ecology project in Rhinelander Wisconsin.

While working for the US Forest Service Pat was a recipient of a Presidential Early Career Science award for collaborative research with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission on the reintroduction of American marten (Martes americana) in northern Wisconsin.  His research interests focus on understanding the interactions between animal behavior (specifically movement patterns) and landscape patterns of habitat resulting from human activity (e.g., forest management or fragmentation).  Typically this work focuses on mammalian models systems although he has some experience working with birds as well.  He relies on iterative combinations of field experiments to define the rules animals use for movement and individually based spatially explicit simulation models to investigate the implications of those rules in circumstances beyond those in which data were collected and thus to motivate additional field work on critical aspects of the interactions between animals and the landscapes in which they live.  Thematically Pat’s research focuses on behavioral ecology and landscape ecology in the context of questions about the conservation of species of concern and his work has implications for both theoretical considerations (e.g. understanding animal movement rules and their implications) and also has important applied repercussions for conservation efforts.

Research Group - Digital Natural Resources, Forest Science, Wildlife Science

Facilities - Animal Care Facility, John S. Wright Center, Spatial Data Analysis Lab, Wildlife Conservation Lab

Related Centers - Center for the Environment, Purdue Climate Change Research Center

Awards & Honors

(2017) Outstanding Undergraduate Counselor Award 2017. Department of Forestry and Natural Resources.

(2017) Innovative Teaching Award. Board on Agriculture Assembly’s Academic Programs Section of the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities.

(2016) Outstanding Undergraduate Counselor Award. Purdue University: Department of Forestry and Natural Resources.

(2015) Bravo Award Winner for Professional Meeting Preparation Class Purdue University.

(2015) Outstanding Paper. Invasive Plant Science and Management Award.

(2014) Department of Forestry and Natural Resources William L. Hoover Exemplary Faculty Service Award.

(2013) Indiana Chapter of the Wildlife Society Best Paper Award.

(2012) Indiana Chapter of the Wildlife Society Best Paper Award.

(2011) Department of Forestry and Natural Resources Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award.

(2010) Certificate of Appreciation for Service U.S. Chapter International Association of Landscape Ecologists. U.S. Chapter International Association of Landscape Ecologists.

Selected Publications

Chen, H. L., Becca, G., Galetti, M., Tsai, C. C., Xu, W. H., Zhang, J. J., & Zollner, P. A. (2019). Habitat loss and fragmentation. In International Wildlife: Contemporary Challenges in a Changing World (50-62). Johns Hopkins University Press.

Day, C. C., & Zollner, P. A. (2019). Behavioral Response of the Mammalian Community to River Otter Latrine Activity. The American Midland Naturalist, 182, 75–88.

Day, C. C., McCann, N. P., Zollner, P. A., Gilbert, J. H., & MacFarland, D. M. (2019). Plasticity in habitat selectivity explains patterns of dispersal and home range establishment in a solitary carnivore. Behavioral Ecology, 30, 528–540.

McCann, N. P., Zollner, P. A., & Gilbert, J. H. (2019). Activity of fishers at multiple temporal scales. The Journal of Mammalogy, 100, 178-184.

Jost Robinson, C. A., Zollner, P. A., & Kpanou, J. B. (2017). Night and day: the use of nocturnal and diurnal transects to monitor ungulates (genus Cephalophus) in hunted forests. Journal of Africian Ecology, 55(2), 222-232. doi:10.1111/aje.12344

McCann, N. P., Zollner, P. A., & Gilbert, J. H. (2017). Temporal scaling in analysis of animal activity. Ecography, 40, 1436-1444. doi:10.1111/ecog.02742

Quackenbush, H. L., D'Acunto, L. E., Flaherty, E. A., & Zollner, P. A. (2016). Testing the efficacy of an acoustic lure on bat mist-netting success in North American central hardwood forests. The Journal of Mammalogy, 97(6), 1617-1622. Retrieved from 195 Marsteeler St

Day, C. C., Urbanek, R. E., Wood, D. M., D'Acunto, L. E., Quinn, V. S., & Zollner, P. A. (2019). Mentored conference experiences support students’ career exploration and professional development. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 43(4), 565-575. doi:

Urban, M. C., Bocedi, G., Hendry, A. P., Mihoub, J. B., Pe'er, G., Singer, A., . . . Travis, J. M. J. (2016). Improving the forecast for biodiversity under climate change. Science, 353, 6304. doi:10.1126/science.aad8466

Hennessy, C., Tsai, C., Beasley, J., Beatty, W., Zollner, P., & Rhodes Jr, O. (2015). Elucidation of population connectivity in synanthropic mesopredators: Using genes to define relevant spatial scales for management of raccoons and Virginia opossums. The Journal of Wildlife Management, 79(1), 112-121.

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