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

University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Rd. Unit 4087
Storrs, CT 06269-4087
 
Room #326
Phone: 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

2018 - Present Assistant Professor in Residence, University of Connecticut
2011 - 2018 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

My research team addresses the intersection of science and management as it relates to conservation planning, decision making, and landscape and wildlife ecology. Our projects include remote sensing and GIS studies of forest disturbance, vegetation dynamics, and land cover change, and straightforward studies of animal resource selection, movements, population abundance, and survival, for species ranging from elk and mule deer to box turtles and birds. More recently, we have focused on environmental planning, especially geospatial tools for protection, management, and restoration of wildlife and their habitats.


Publications

Peer Reviewed Manuscripts

  • Rittenhouse, C.D. 2017. Conservation Planning: Informed Decisions for a Healthier Planet. Book review for Landscape Ecology 32:2219–2221.
  • Liberati, M.R., C.D. Rittenhouse, and J.C. Vokoun. 2016. Beyond protectioin: expanding "conservation opportunity" to redefine conservation planning in the 21st century. Journal of Environmental Management 183:33–40.
  • Geisler, E., C.D. Rittenhouse, and A.R. Rissman. 2016. Logger perceptions of seasonal environmental challenges facing timber operations in the Upper Midwest, USA. Society & Natural Resources 29:540–555.
  • O'Connor, K.M., C.D. Rittenhouse, J.J. Millspaugh, and T.A.G. Rittenhouse. 2015. Demographics and density estimates of three-toed box turtle (Terrapene carolina triunguis) populations within forest and restored prairie sites in central Missouri. PeerJ 3:e1256; DOI 10.7717/peerj1256.
  • Rittenhouse, C.D., T.W. Mong, and T. Hart. 2015. Weather conditions associated with autumn migration by mule deer in Wyoming. PeerJ 3:e1045; DOI 10.7717/peerj.1045.
  • Millspaugh, J.J., C.D. Rittenhouse, R.A. Montgomery, W.S. Matthews, and R. Slotow. 2015. Resource selection modeling reveals potential conflicts involving reintroduced lion (Panthera leo) in Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa. Journal of Zoology 296:124–132.
  • 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. Northeastern Naturalist 22:20–31.
  • Rittenhouse, C.D., and A.R. Rissman. 2015. Changes in winter conditions impact forest management in north temperate forests. Journal of Environmental Management. 149:157–167.
  • Culbert, P.D., V.C. Radeloff, C.H. Flather, J.M. Kellndorfer, C.D. Rittenhouse, and A.M. Pidgeon. 2013. The influence of vertical and horizontal habitat structure on nationwide patterns of avian biodiversity. The Auk 130:656–665.
  • 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 of habitat 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.
  • 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 Journal 28:240–250.
  • 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 Statistics 15:39–47.
  • 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 Management 72:268–275.
  • 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 Management 71:668–670.
  • 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 Herpetology 41:114–120.
  • 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 Management 70:384–395.
  • 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 Bulletin 33:706–713.
Book Chapters
  • 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