Gary Roloff, Ph.D.
Associate Professor38 Natural Resources
Area of Expertise: Effects of natural and human disturbances on wildlife and biodiversity
Welcome to the Applied Forest and Wildlife Ecology Laboratory in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. We conduct applied research on all aspects of wildlife ecology, but our research tends to focus on the relationships between wildlife and forest management. Here, “forest management” refers to a variety of activities including the mechanized harvesting of trees, chemical control of competing vegetation, biomass harvesting, and use of prescribed fire for ecological restoration.
Latest Lab News
- The Fiji Study Abroad program which was designed and implemented by Alex Killion and Tracy Swem from the Applied Forest and Wildlife Ecology Lab was ranked as one of the “coolest” MSU Study Abroad programs by local Fox 47 News. See the picture gallery here.
- Dr. Roloff was interviewed and quoted recently in the Lansing State Journal regarding a pair of nesting bald eagles along the Red Cedar River in East Lansing
- Alex Killion and Tracy Swem recently won the CANR Dean’s Choice Award for Study Abroad Innovation. CANR conducted a press release on the award and interviewed Alex.
- Congratulations to Tracy Swem for winning the 2014 Northcentral Section of The Wildlife Society Wildlife Graduate Student of the Year Award. Tracy was presented her award at the 75th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Indianapolis.
- David Green’s manuscript titled Temporal dynamics of the responses by African mammals to prescribed fire has been published in the Journal of Wildlife Management (DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.827).
- Tammy Otto, MS graduate from the Applied Forest and Wildlife Ecology Lab at MSU, recently got a paper titled “Black Bear Exclusion Fences to Protect Mobile Apiaries” accepted for publication in the journal Human-Wildlife Interactions.
- The recently completed snowshoe hare research was highlighted in multiple media outlets including: USA Today The Detroit Free Press Michigan Outdoor News Michigan State University
- The feral swine research in the Applied Forest and Wildlife Ecology Lab recently received more news attention, this time by MSU‘s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. (Oct 2, 2014).
- Diana Guzman-Colon, 2014 graduate of the Applied Forest and Wildlife Ecology Lab, recently was informed that her manuscript titled “Mongoose [Herpestes auropunctatus (Herpestidae)] Population Ecology in El Yunque National Forest and Northeast Ecological Corridor, Puerto Rico” was accepted for publication in the Caribbean Naturalist (Sep 19, 2014).
- Michigan Outdoor News recently covered our research on feral swine in Michigan (Sep 14, 2014).