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Dr. Anita Morzillo
Associate Professor

Human Dimensions
Department of Natural Resources & the Environment

University of Connecticut
U-4087, 1376 Storrs Road
Storrs, CT 06269-4087

Phone: 860-486-3660


Research Interests

My research focuses on interactions between human activities and natural resources.   I apply tools from both natural and social science to understand relationships between them.  Broad research areas include landscape ecology and human dimensions of natural resource management.  Topics of focus include wildlife management, forest management, water resources, urban ecosystems, outdoor recreation, urban-rural relationships, and human-nature conflict within the wildland-urban interface.



Ph. D Michigan State University Fisheries and Wildlife
Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior
(dual-degree program)
M.S. Southern Illinois University Carbondale Zoology
B.S. State University of New York (SUNY) College at Plattsburgh Biological Sciences


2020 - Present University of Connecticut Storrs, CT Associate Professor
2014 - 2020 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT Assistant Professor
2010 - 2014 Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University Assistant Professor
2005 - 2009 US Environmental Protection Agency, Western Ecology Division Biologist

Selected Recent Publications

  • Massie, M., T.M. Wilson, A.T. Morzillo, and E.B. Henderson. 2016. Natural areas as a basis for assessment of ecosystem vulnerability to climate change. Ecosphere 7:e01563. doi: 10.1002/ecs2.1563
  • Kline, J.D., M.E. Harmon, T.A. Spies, A.T. Morzillo, R.J. Pabst, B.C. McComb, F. Schnekenburger, K.A. Olsen, B. Csuti, and J.C. Vogeler. 2016. Evaluating carbon storage, timber harvest, and potential habitat possibilities for western Cascades (US) forests. Ecological Applications 26:2044-2059. doi: 10.1002/eap.1358
  • Morzillo, A.T., B.J. Kreakie, N.R. Netusil, J.A. Yeakley, C.P. Ozawa, and S. Duncan. 2016. Resident perceptions of natural resources between cities and across scales in the Pacific Northwest. Ecology and Society 21:14.
  • Everett, G., J. Lamond, A.T. Morzillo, and F.K.S. Chan, and A.M. Matsler. 2016. Sustainable drainage systems: helping people live with water. Water Management 169:94-104. doi:
  • Morzillo, A.T., C.R. Colocousis, D.K. Munroe, K.P. Bell, S. Martinuzzi, D.B. Van Berkel, M.J. Lechowicz, B. Rayfield, and B. McGill. 2015. "Communities in the middle": interactions between drivers of change and place-based characteristics in rural forest-based communities. Journal of Rural Studies 42:79-90. doi: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.09.007
  • Morzillo, A.T., K.M. de Beurs, and C.J. Martin-Mikle. 2014. A conceptual framework to evaluate human-wildlife interactions within coupled human and natural systems. Ecology and Society 19:44. doi:





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