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Dr. Tracy Rittenhouse
Assistant Professor
Department of Natural Resources & the Environment

University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Rd.
Unit 4087
Storrs, CT 06269-4087

Room #221
Phone: 860-486-5042
Fax: 860-486-5408

Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Center Webpage


Ph.D. 2007 University of Missouri; Biological Sciences
M.S. 2002 University of Missouri; Biological Sciences
B.S. 2000 University of Wisconsin; Wildlife Ecology


2011- Present University of Connecticut, Assistant Professor
2010 - 2011 University of Wisconsin, Department of Forestry and Wildlife Ecology, Postdoctoral Fellow
2008 - 2009 University of Wisconsin, Department of Botany, Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

My research tests theories of habitat selection, migration and dispersal, and biodiversity and ecosystem function. My motivation is to understand the factors that contribute to the long-term persistence of wildlife populations given the anticipated levels of global change, including land-use change, climate change, spread of invasive species, or wildlife disease. I often study amphibians because they are conducive to experimental manipulation, members of both wetland and terrestrial ecosystems, readily accessible to students and the public, and most at risk of extinction globally among all terrestrial vertebrate groups. Mammals are likely to be a focal group in several future research projects.

Select Publications

  • O'Connor, J.H., and T.A.G. Rittenhouse. In Press. Snow cover and late fall movement influence wood frog survival during an unusually cold winter. Oecologia.
  • O'Connor, K.M., C.D. Rittenhouse, J.J. Millspaugh, and T.A.G. Rittenhouse. 2015. Demographics and density estimates of two three-toed box turtle (Terrapene carolina triunguis) populations within forest and restored prairie sites in central Missouri. PeerJ. 3: e1256.
  • Drake, D.L., B.H. Ousterhout, C.D. Shulse, D.J. Hocking, W.E. Peterman, T.L. Anderson, K.L. Lohraff, C.A. Conner, E.H. Harper, J.R. Johnson, T.A.G. Rittenhouse, B.B. Rothermel, L.S. Eggert, and R.D. Semlitsch. 2015. Pond-Breeding Amphibian Community Composition in Missouri. American Midland Naturalist. 174: 180–187.
  • Stupik, A. E., T. Sayers, M. Huang, T.A.G. Rittenhouse, and C.D. Rittenhouse. 2015. Survival and Movements of Post-Fledging American Kestrels Hatched from Nest Boxes Northeast Naturalist. 22: 20–31.
  • Anderson, T.L., D.J. Hocking, C.A. Conner, J.E. Earl, E.B. Harper, M.S. Osbourn, W.E. Peterman, T.A.G. Rittenhouse, and R.D. Semlitsch. 2015. Abundance and phenology patterns of two pond-breeding salamanders determine species interactions in natural populations. Oecologia. 177: 761–773.
  • Evans, M., J.E. Hawley, P. Rego, and T.A.G. Rittenhouse. 2014. Exurban land use facilitates human-bear conflicts in Connecticut. Journal of Wildlife Management. 78: 1477–1485.
  • Peterman, W.E., T.A.G. Rittenhouse, J.E. Earl, and R.D. Semlitsch. 2013. Demographic network and multi-season occupancy modeling of Rana sylvatica reveal spatial and temporal patterns of population connectivity and persistence. Landscape Ecology. 28: 1601–1613.
  • Ortiz-Santaliestra, M.E., T.A.G. Rittenhouse, T.L. Cary, and W.H. Karasov. 2013. Interspecific and post-metamorphic variation in susceptibility of three North American anurans to Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Journal of Herpetology. 47: 286–292.
  • Rittenhouse, T.A.G., D.M. MacFarland, K.J. Martin, T.R. VanDeelen. 2012. Downed wood associated with roundwood harvest, whole-tree harvest, and unharvested stands of aspen. Forest Ecology and Management. 266:239–245.
  • Rittenhouse, T.A.G., R.D. Semlitsch, and F.R. Thompson III. 2009. Survival costs associated with wood frog breeding migrations: effects of timber harvest and drought. Ecology 90: 1620–1630.
  • Semlitsch, R.D., B.D. Todd, S.M. Blomquist, A.J.K. Calhoun, J.W. Gibbons, J.P. Gibbs, E.B. Harper, D.J. Hocking, M.L. Hunter Jr, G.J. Graeter, D.A. Patrick, T.A.G. Rittenhouse, and B.B. Rothermel. 2009. Effects of timber management on amphibian populations: understanding mechanisms from forest experiments. Bioscience 59: 853–862.
  • Rittenhouse, T.A.G. and R.D. Semlitsch. 2009. Behavioral response of migrating wood frogs to experimental timber harvest surrounding wetlands. Canadian Journal of Zoology 87: 618–625.
  • Williams, B.K., T.A.G. Rittenhouse, and R.D. Semlitsch. 2008. Leaf litter input mediates tadpole performance across forest canopy treatments. Oecologia 155: 377–384.
  • Rittenhouse, T.A.G., and R.D. Semlitsch. 2007. Distribution of amphibians in terrestrial habitat surrounding wetlands. Wetlands 27: 153–161.
  • Rittenhouse, T.A.G., and R.D. Semlitsch. 2006. Grasslands as movement barriers for a forest-associated salamander: migration behavior of adult and juvenile salamanders at a distinct habitat edge. Biological Conservation 131: 14–22.
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