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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

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.

Dr. Zollner's website

Research Group - Forest Measurement and Assessment/GIS, Forest Biology, 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, Purdue Interdisciplinary Center for Ecological Sustaina

Selected Publications

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.

Shao, G., Haulton, S., Shao, G., Zollner, P., & Pauli, B. (2015). Forest cover mapping through a two-stage unsupervised classification aided with forest inventory data in Indiana. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 80(1), 83546. Retrieved from

Pauli, B., Zollner, P., Haulton, G., Shao, G., & Shao, G. (2015). The simulated effects of timber harvest on suitable habitat for Indiana and northern long-eared bats. Ecoshpere, 6, art58.

Urbanek, R. E., Wood, D. M., Day, C. C., D'Acunto, L. E., Quinn, V. S., & Zollner, P. A. (2018). A framework for mentoring students attending their first professional conference. Natural Sciences Education, 47, 1-8.

Houser, C., & Zollner, P. (2015). Trap Elevation and Biotic Factors Influencing Capture Frequencies of Western Harvest Mice (Reithrodontomys megalotis) in Prairie Grasses of Indiana. The Proceedings of The indiana Academy of Science, 122(2), 126-129.

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