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Dr. Chadwick Rittenhouse
Assistant Research Professor
Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Center
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment

University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Rd. Unit 4087
Storrs, CT 06269-4087
 
Room #326
Tel: 860-486-0335
Fax: 860-486-5408

Education

Ph.D. 2008 University of Missouri, Wildlife Science
M.S. 2003 University of Missouri, Wildlife Science
B.S. 2000 University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wildlife Ecology

Experience

2011-present Assistant Research Professor, University of Connecticut
2011-2011 Leadership Institute Fellow, The Wildlife Society
2008-2011 Post-doctoral Research Associate,University of Wisconsin

Research Interests

Broadly stated, I study wildlife responses to changing climate and landscape conditions. I use theory and techniques from landscape ecology, wildlife ecology, and conservation biology to identify impacts, assess adaptive capacity, and inform management and conservation actions. Current research foci include climate and extreme weather events, land use and land-cover change, and forest disturbance.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Manuscripts

  • Rittenhouse, C.D., A.M. Pidgeon, T.P. Albright, P.D. Culbert, M.K. Clayton, C.H. Flather, and V.C. Radeloff.2012. Land-cover change and avian diversity in the conterminous United States. Conservation Biology 26:821–829.
  • Rittenhouse, C.D., and A.R. Rissman. 2012. Forest cover, carbon sequestration, and wildlife habitat:policy review and modeling of tradeoffs among land use change scenarios. Environmental Science & Policy 21:94–105.
  • Culbert, P.D., V.C. Radeloff, V. St-Louis, C.H. Flather, C.D. Rittenhouse, T.P. Albright, and A.M. Pidgeon.2012. Modeling broad-scale patterns of avian species richness across the Midwestern United States with measures of satellite image texture. Remote Sensing of Environment 118:140–150.
  • Jachowski, D.S., J.J. Millspaugh, D.E. Biggins, T.M. Livieri, M.R. Matchett, and C.D. Rittenhouse. 2011.Resource selection by black-footed ferrets in South Dakota and Montana. Natural Areas Journal 31:218–225.
  • Albright, T.P., A.M. Pidgeon, C.D. Rittenhouse, M.K. Clayton, C.H. Flather, P.D. Culbert, and V.C. Radeloff.2011. Heat waves measured with MODIS land surface temperature data predict changes in avian community structure. Remote Sensing of Environment 115:245–254.
  • Albright, T.P., A.M. Pidgeon, C.D. Rittenhouse, M.K. Clayton, B.D. Wardlow, C.H. Flather, P.D. Culbert,and V.C. Radeloff. 2010. Combined effects of heat waves and droughts on avian communities across the conterminous United States. Ecosphere 1(5):art12. doi:10.1890/ES10-00057.1.
  • Rittenhouse, C.D., A.M. Pidgeon, T.P. Albright, P.D. Culbert, M.K. Clayton, C.H. Flather, C.Huang, J.G.Masek, S.I. Stewart, and V.C. Radeloff. 2010. Conservation of forest birds: evidence of a shifting baseline in community structure. PLoS ONE 5(8): e11938. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0011938.
  • Albright, T.P., A.M. Pidgeon, C.D. Rittenhouse, M.K. Clayton, C.H. Flather, P.D. Culbert, B.D. Wardlow,and V.C. Radeloff. 2010. Effects of drought on avian community structure. Global Change Biology 16:2158–2170.
  • Rittenhouse, C.D., F.R. Thompson, III, W.D. Dijak, J.J. Millspaugh, and R.L. Clawson. 2010. Evaluation ofhabitat suitability models for forest passerines using demographic data. Journal of Wildlife Management 74:411–422.
  • Rittenhouse, C.D., A.M. Pidgeon, T.P. Albright, P.D. Culbert, M.K. Clayton, C.H. Flather, C. Huang, J.G.Masek, and V.C. Radeloff. 2010. Avifauna response to hurricanes: regional changes in community similarity. Global Change Biology 16:905–917.
  • Jachowski, D.S., J.J. Millspaugh, D.E. Biggins, T.M. Livieri, M.R. Matchett, and C.D. Rittenhouse. 2011. Resource selection by black-footed ferrets in South Dakota and Montana.Natural Areas Journal31:218–225.
  • Albright, T.P., A.M. Pidgeon, C.D. Rittenhouse, M.K. Clayton, C.H. Flather, P.D. Culbert, and V.C. Radeloff. 2011. Heat waves measured with MODIS land surface temperature data predict changes in avian community structure.Remote Sensing of Environment115:245–254.
  • Albright, T.P., A.M. Pidgeon, C.D. Rittenhouse, M.K. Clayton, B.D. Wardlow, C.H. Flather, P.D. Culbert, and V.C. Radeloff. 2010. Combined effects of heat waves and droughts on avian communities across the conterminous United States. Ecosphere 1(5):art12. Doi:10.1890/ES10-00057.1.
  • Rittenhouse, C.D., A.M. Pidgeon, T.P. Albright, P.D. Culbert, M.K. Clayton, C.H. Flather, C. Huang, J.G. Masek, S.I. Stewart, and V.C. Radeloff. 2010. Conservation of forest birds: evidence of a shifting baseline in community structure.PLoSONE5(8): e11938. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0011938.
  • Albright, T.P., A.M. Pidgeon, C.D. Rittenhouse, M.K. Clayton, C.H. Flather, P.D. Culbert, B.D. Wardlow, and V.C. Radeloff. 2010. Effects of drought on avian community structure.Global Change Biology16:2158–2170.
  • Rittenhouse, C.D., F.R. Thompson, III, W.D. Dijak, J.J. Millspaugh, and R.L. Clawson. 2010. Evaluation of habitat suitability models for forest passerines using demographic data.Journal of Wildlife Management74:411–422.
  • Rittenhouse, C.D., A.M. Pidgeon, T.P. Albright, P.D. Culbert, M.K. Clayton, C.H. Flather, C. Huang, J.G. Masek, and V.C. Radeloff. 2010. Avifauna response to hurricanes: regional changes in community similarity.Global Change Biology16:905–917.
  • Millspaugh, J.J., R.A. Gitzen, S. Amelon, T.W. Bonnot, D.T. Farrand, D.S. Jachowski, B.J. Keller, C.P. McGowan, M.S. Pruett, C.D. Rittenhouse, and K.M. Suedkamp Wells. 2008. Effects of culling on bison demographics in Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota.Natural Areas Journal28:240–250.
  • Rittenhouse, C.D., J.J. Millspaugh, A.B. Cooper, M.W. Hubbard, S.L. Sheriff, and R.A. Gitzen. 2008. Modeling resource selection using polytomous logistic regression and kernel density estimates.Environmental and Ecological Statistics15:39–47.
  • Rittenhouse, C.D., J.J. Millspaugh, M.W. Hubbard, S.L. Sheriff, and W.D. Dijak. 2008. Resource selection by translocated three-toed box turtles in Missouri.Journal of Wildlife Management72:268–275.
  • Dijak, W.D., C.D. Rittenhouse, M.A. Larson, F.R. Thompson, III, and J.J. Millspaugh. 2007. Landscape habitat suitability index software.Journal of Wildlife Management71:668–670.
  • Rittenhouse, C.D., J.J. Millspaugh, M.W. Hubbard, and S.L. Sheriff. 2007. Movements of translocated and resident three-toed box turtles.Journal of Herpetology41:114–120.
  • Millspaugh, J.J., R.M. Nielson, L. McDonald, J.M. Marzluff, R.A. Gitzen, C.D. Rittenhouse, M.W. Hubbard, and S.L. Sheriff. 2006. Analysis of resource selection using utilization distributions. Invited Paper.Journal of Wildlife Management70:384–395.
  • Rittenhouse, C.D., B.E. Washburn, J.J. Millspaugh, and M.W. Hubbard. 2005. Effects of radiotransmitters on fecal glucocorticoid metabolite levels of three-toed box turtles in captivity.Wildlife Society Bulletin33:706–713.
  • Book Chapters and Technical Reports
  • Rittenhouse, C.D., S.R. Shifley, W.D. Dijak, Z. Fan, F.R. Thompson, III, J.J. Millspaugh, J.A. Perez, and C.M. Sandeno. 2011. Application of landscape and habitat suitability models to conservation: the Hoosier National Forest land-management plan. Pages 299 – 328InC. Li, R. Lafortezza, and J. Chen, editors.Landscape ecology in forest management and conservation: Challenges and solutions for global change. Springer, USA.
  • Dijak, W.D., and C.D. Rittenhouse. 2009. Development and application of habitat suitability models to large landscapes. Pages 367–389InJ.J. Millspaugh and F.R. Thompson, III, editors.Models for planning wildlife conservation in large landscapes. Elsevier Science, San Diego, California, USA.
  • Shifley, S.R., C.D. Rittenhouse, and J.J. Millspaugh. 2009. Validation of landscape-scale decision support models that predict vegetation and wildlife dynamics. Pages 415–448InJ.J. Millspaugh and F.R. Thompson, III, editors.Models for planning wildlife conservation in large landscapes. Elsevier Science, San Diego, California, USA.
  • Rittenhouse, C.D., W.D. Dijak, F.R. Thompson, III, and J.J. Millspaugh. 2007. Development of landscape-level habitat suitability models for ten wildlife species in the Central Hardwoods Region.General Technical Report NRS-4. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Newtown Square, PA, 47 pages.
  • Rittenhouse, C.D., S.R. Shifley, W.D. Dijak, Z. Fan, F.R. Thompson, III, J.J. Millspaugh, J.A. Perez, and C.M. Sandeno. 2011. Application of landscape and habitat suitability models to conservation: the Hoosier National Forest land-management plan.  Pages 299 – 328 In C. Li, R. Lafortezza, and J. Chen, editors.  Landscape ecology in forest management and conservation: Challenges and solutions for global change.  Springer, USA.
  • Dijak, W.D., and C.D. Rittenhouse. 2009. Development and application of habitat suitability models to large landscapes. Pages 367–389 In J.J. Millspaugh and F.R. Thompson, III, editors. Models for planning wildlife conservation in large landscapes. Elsevier Science, San Diego, California, USA.
  • Shifley, S.R., C.D. Rittenhouse, and J.J. Millspaugh. 2009. Validation of landscape-scale decision support models that predict vegetation and wildlife dynamics. Pages 415–448 In J.J. Millspaugh and F.R. Thompson, III, editors. Models for planning wildlife conservation in large landscapes. Elsevier Science, San Diego, California, USA.
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4087
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4087
Phone: 860-486-2840