Rory Carroll

Rory Carroll in UNH lab

Degree: Earth and Environmental Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Marian Litvaitis
Natural Resources and the Environment

Research Topic: Bobcat Ecology in New England

Rory is studying the population dynamics of bobcats in New Hampshire and surrounding states, and is particularly interested in the direct and indirect influences humans have had on bobcats over time.  Anthropogenic development, habitat fragmentation, and alteration of wildlife communities can lead to unintended changes in the population structure, behavior, and physiology of these elusive predators.  He uses a variety of techniques, including landscape genetics and isotopic analyses, to gain a greater understanding of how animals respond to our use of the land. Ultimately, his work will help develop better conservation practices and lead to a more sustainable landscape for humans and wildlife. When he is not in the lab or the field, Rory loves sharing his work with local schools and organizations, getting young students excited about science, wildlife, and the outdoors.

Previous Awards and Activities

2015    NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
2015    New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs Scholarship
2015    New England Outdoor Writers Association Scholarship
2015    University of New Hampshire Summer Teaching Assistant Fellowship
2015    University of New Hampshire Graduate School Travel Scholarship
2015    University of New Hampshire Farrington Fund Travel Grant
2014    University of New Hampshire Graduate School Travel Scholarship
2014    University of New Hampshire Farrington Fund Travel Grant
2014    University of New Hampshire Summer Teaching Assistant Fellowship
2013    SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

Selected Presentations and Publications

Presentations
2015 European Congress of Mammalogy, Stockholm, Sweden – Poster
2015 Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Newport, RI – Oral
2015 University of New Hampshire Graduate Research Conference, Durham, NH – Oral
2014 GIS Day, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH – Oral
2014 North American Congress for Conservation Biology, Missoula, MT – Poster
2014 Communities of Inquiry Conference, Manchester, NH – Oral
2014 University of New Hampshire Graduate Research Conference, Durham, NH – Poster
2014 Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Portland, ME – Poster
2013 Ecological Society of America Scaling Up Workshop, Baltimore, MD – Oral

Publications
Litvaitis, J.A., G.C. Reed, R.P. Carroll, M.K. Litvaitis, J. Tash, T. Mahard, D.J.A. Broman, C. Callahan, and M. Ellingwood. 2015. Bobcats (Lynx rufus) as a model organism to investigate the effects of roads on wide-ranging carnivores. Environmental Management. Doi: 10.1007/s00267-015-0468-2.

Carroll, R.P. and D. Garneau. 2013. An examination of sensory input in anti-predator behavior of the American crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos). Scientia Discipulorum Undergraduate Research Journal 6: 42-55.

Carroll, R. and C.T. Martine. 2011. An ecological and cultural review of the emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae): Dreamtime – present. Scientia Discipulorum Undergraduate Research Journal 5: 77-90.

Education

B.S., Summa cum laude, Biology w/ minors in Ecology and Chemistry, SUNY Plattsburgh, 2013

Professional Positions and Organizations

Professional Positions
Graduate assistant, University of New Hampshire McNair scholars program, 2014-2015
Teaching Assistant, University of New Hampshire Department of Natural Resources, 2013-2015
Research Assistant, Lake Champlain Research Institute, 2013
Peer tutor, SUNY Plattsburgh Learning Center, 2012-2013
Intern in Forest Ecology, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 2012

Professional Organizations
The Wildlife Society – New England chapter
Society for Conservation Biology
Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
New England Outdoor Writers Association
Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society

Related Links

www.tinyurl.com/NHbobcats