Skip to Search
Skip to Navigation
Skip to Content

Dr. Tracy Rittenhouse
Associate 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




Where are CT's Bears Hanging Out?


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


2018 - Present University of Connecticut, Associate Professor
2011 - 2018 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 program tests our understanding of wildlife populations within social-ecological systems. In recent projects, I use my experience studying wildlife in managed forest systems to understand wildlife within forests that are perforated with human housing to create an intermixed system. I study the behavioral, physiological, ecological, and demographic mechanisms that influence vital rates. The premise is that mechanisms must be understood in order to identify effective management strategies. While my research addresses the population persistence (or overabundance) of wildlife resulting from land use and land cover change, climate change, and emerging diseases, I focus on the uniqueness of local places and the research needs of people charged with managing local populations and habitats.

Select Publications

  • Amburgey, S.M., D.A.W. Miller, E.H.C. Grant, T.A.G. Rittenhouse, M.F. Benard, J.L. Richardson, M.C. Urban, W. Hughson, A.B. Brand, C.J. Davis, C.R. Hardin, P.W.C. Paton, J.W. Petranka, C.J. Raithel, R.A. Relyea, A.F. Scott, D.K. Skelly, D.E. Skidds, C.K. Smith, and E.E. Werner. In Press. Range position and climate sensitivity: the structure of among-population demographic responses to climate variation. Global Change Biology.
  • O’Connor, K.M., L.R. Nathan, M.R. Liberati, M.W. Tingley, J.C. Vokoun, T.A.G. Rittenhouse. 2017. Camera trap arrays improve detection probability of wildlife: Investigating study design considerations using an empirical dataset. PLOS One 12:e0175684.
  • Evans, M.J., T.A.G. Rittenhouse, J.E. Hawley, and P.W. Rego. 2017. Black bear recolonization patterns on human-dominated landscapes vary based on housing: New insights from spatially explicit density models. Landscape and Urban Planning 162:13–24.
  • O'Connor, K.M., T.A.G. Rittenhouse, and J.L. Brunner. 2016. Ranavirus common in Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) tadpoles throughout Connecticut. Herpetological Review 47:394–397.
  • Grant, E.H.C., D.A.W. Miller, B.R. Schmidt, M.J. Adams, S.M. Amburgey, T. Chambert, S.S.F. Cruickshank, R.N. Fisher, D.M. Green, B.R. Hossack, P.T.J. Johnson, M. Joseph, T.A.G. Rittenhouse, M.E. Ryan, J.H. Waddle, S.C. Walls, L.L. Bailey, G.M. Fellers, T.A. Gorman, A.M. Ray, D.S. Pilliod, S.J. Price, D. Saenz, W. Sasinski, and E. Muths. 2016. Quantitative evidence for the effects of multiple drivers on continental-scale amphibian declines. Scientific Reports 6:25625.
  • O'Connor, J.H., and T.A.G. Rittenhouse. 2016. Snow cover and late fall movement influence wood frog survival during an unusually cold winter. Oecologia 181:635–644.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rittenhouse, T.A.G., and R.D. Semlitsch. 2007. Distribution of amphibians in terrestrial habitat surrounding wetlands. Wetlands 27:153–161.
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